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    I dont know where you come from, but China is a dog-eat-dog world due to the fact nobody helps each other. I am deff much more calm and friendly in holland then I was when I was living in China.
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    Interesting question. China has made me "grow up" in many ways, and has taught me some survival skills. Hey, let's drop you off in a country of a people of another race, where the vast majority of people do not speak your language, that serves 90 percent awful food and live. Many people could not do that. My father could not do that. He is smart, had a very successful and lucrative career, and ironically has travelled to many countries, but could not just live in such an alien place like China. My mother on the other hand if she were young and unmarried probably would have embraced it. I embraced it. When I first came here, I thought China was fun and saw it as an alien adventure. Now I have been here so long, I see it as reality and the way it is. I think foreign people can and do become lonely here, and some succumb to alcohol as a pressure valve. I do definitely. Many people do. At least with the foreigners, many are in cliques. It is almost like high school sometimes. Usually comes down to age, nationality and sometimes race. But this is also something good that comes from this experience, is to be able to accept and respect peoples of another culture. However, you do wake up with the realization that I am different, this is an alien country, and I will never be accepted here except as an outsider and you are alone, and you have to cope with that. Myself, I am a loner. I am an only child, like to do things by myself and are wary of making relationships. Here, you can lose yourself, and if not careful, really mentally lose yourself into flights of fantasy. You will if not already wake up and wonder "What the hell am I doing here?" You have to acclimate yourself to the people and surroundings and one can either have a positive or a negative experience from it. I would tell any young person under, say 25 if they are wayward, don't know what they want and want to find their own meaning of life to come here. It will teach you, and I have been taught. But if you were a jerk before coming here, probably you will be a jerk when you leave.
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    hm, this is very interesting and could be a good topic for discussion :)
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    Hi all, I am from Bangkok, Thailand but live overseas for almost ten years.Now I live in Hangzhou, Shangcheng district. I would like to offer Thai language private course, hourly /daily/monthly(flexible), the rate depends on what do you want to study, start from 50+/hour (beginner) I could teach Thai cooking, providing Thai tourism information as well. It's a great idea for people who think about travel/ work or live in Thailand in a near future, or just interested in Thai culture. Please contact me via private message for details and contact information, Thank you very much for reading. :) Gevalin
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    Thanks. My husband's company is sending us. It will be my first time in China; he has traveled for business but never more than 2 weeks, so figuring out the logistics of actual daily life will be new for both of us. I am frantically trying to learn enough Chinese to not feel completely helpless.
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    Hello all. I am Mengan, new to this forum but have been living in Hangzhou for 3 years. I am Chinese Australian. I am an occupational therapist. I look forward to meeting more international friends here and share what I know about Hangzhou. I love this city and feel happy to live here, except the hot weather!
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    Language Tester and Terminologist (Contractor) Responsibilities · Work with the product designer and developer to verify technical concepts and define English terms for Alibaba Cloud products and features. · Manage Term-Base content and coordinate multilingual terminology projects. · Maintain quality standards for English authoring and translation. · Design, verify, and review English UI strings of Alibaba Cloud products. · Test product UIs to identify language issues. · Edit English content for ad hoc projects and tasks, with small workloads but high visibility and challenging deadlines. · Maintain the English Style Guide and design checking rules for scanning tools. · Deliver English style and authoring training to team members. Qualifications · Native English speaker. · Experience in technical writing is a plus. · Engineering or sciences majors preferred. · The ability to acquire new technology concepts. · IT knowledge. · Attention to detail. If you're interested in this position, [please send me private message for my contact information] Cheers! Jingyue
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    We all know you're special...
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    nude art class?
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    "What makes a relationship a serious one?" Easy - time! Firstly, understand that relationships all over the world have issues and problems due to culture. You obviously do, but don't yet get just what those differences are when it comes to 'western' men. And, that's partly because you've already created this box called 'western', into which all non-Asian or African men (people) fall into... instead of realising that Americans are different to Spaniards, who are different to Venzualans who are are different to Australians... Secondly, although this will be a generalisation, I think it fits you at least... many Chinese girls have this idea that every boyfriend (if they're hetero) will be their last boyfriend, and that's the guy they will marry. Many of us who come from other cultures do not think like this. and that's where the time comes in. A Chinese girl might start thinking a relationship is 'serious' (meaning, leading to marriage) in a MUCH shorter time period than the non-Chinese guy... and, if she starts getting like this (aka 'clingy') then the guy is quite likely going to walk away. And, what could have been a long-term serious relationship has just ended early because of this presumption. In general, most non-Chinese don't start even considering marriage until the couple has been a 'real' couple for at least 6 months (and, that's still a very short time). Many won't even consider the 'M' word for at least 2 years (of living together...which is usually about a year after dating/bf/gf). And, don't forget the other huge issue when getting involved with a Chinese girl - she doesn't come alone (most of the time). A guy never marries just the girl - he's got her family to contend with as well. And this is a HUGE deal breaker to many guys! (granted, it's a deal-breaker for Chinese as well, as I'm sure we've all heard tales of the mother (usually) who tells their child that the person they're dating isn't good enough and that they need to break up with them...If I was with a girl like that, I'd break up with her!!! ). Also, another basic generalisation... many Chinese girls (and also girls/women in many other countries) see sex as something directly connected to emotions and intimacy... which leads to significance. Many guys don't. Sex is something that is (hopefully) a good feeling, but doesn't actually mean anything other than just a good time. So, if you have a girl who thinks having sex means being in a serious relationship, and the guy doesn't, then you'll have problems. You mention guys who are here for only a short time... then the logical question is - why date them if you're after something longer term. Either you're willing to end the relationship when it's time for him to go... or your hoping he changes his mind for you. Obviously, such things do work out, and some couples will try to make it work (and even get married, and even are happy afterwards). But, statistically, it's not likely to happen. And... if you actually are after something long term, is it really a smart idea to hope it will go that way? Even bigger question - are you willing to deal with the emotional consequences if it doesn't? Perhaps one last consideration. I think non-Chinese guys here are after 'the one' to marry. They'd like to think that the girl they're marrying is the perfect (within a certain definition) girl for him. I think, however, that many Chinese girls aren't after Mr Right, but will take Mr Good Enough. There's this deep, ingrained idea that they need to be married (before turning 30), and that it will be all love and roses and romance... sorry, relationships are rarely like that. So, it's more important for the girl to be married, than who she's married to. Personally, I think that's a sucky way to be!
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    I heard there are a couple of North Korean places in town... anyone suggest one? and address?
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    Why don't you let us know what your beef is?
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    I know there are associations such as NEC and AmCham in Shanghai, but are there any similar associations for expatriate businessmen in Hangzhou? I've seen quite a few expats that appeared to be here on business, but I'm not sure where to look if I was interested in networking.
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    l am a English tourguide. and know much chinese culture if you are interesting in chinese culture and ancient story [please send me private message for my contact information], l will lead you travel and play in learning.
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    I went to this very good, clean, good price, high quality Korean restaurant. The owners are very nice, and they speak fairly good English. It's a small restaurant, very cosy and well decorated. If you want to try it, you can find it at 372 Gu dun. It's very close to Wen er Xi Road in Xi Hu District. Enjoy, you won't regret it