Category Archives: Etcetera

Ask Beijing Today #87

Ask Beijing Today is our weekly attempt to make life in China less confusing. Whether it’s tracking down the papers to apply for a Chinese green card, dealing with KTV-crazy neighbors or finding the best buy on saffron, we are happy to help. Send...


Net Speak 101

Yóu Cài Huā (油菜花) The Chinese language has four tones, which people use differently when they write online because of the typing system. Yóu Cài Huā means canola flower, but netizens use it to describe talented people – Yŏu Cái Huá. When you type...


Ask Beijing Today #86

Ask Beijing Today is our weekly attempt to make life in China less confusing. Whether it’s tracking down the papers to apply for a Chinese green card, dealing with KTV-crazy neighbors or finding the best buy on saffron, we are happy to help. Send...


Ask Beijing Today #85

Ask Beijing Today is our weekly attempt to make life in China less confusing. Whether it’s tracking down the papers to apply for a Chinese green card, dealing with KTV-crazy neighbors or finding the best buy on saffron, we are happy to help. Send...


Net Speak 101

Chī Tŭ (吃土) Chī Tŭ is an expression born last week, when Taobao reported record sales, of 91.2 billion yuan, on the famous Chinese shopping day of November 11. People shopped a lot and joked that they spent almost all their money. Chī Tŭ...


Ask Beijing Today #84

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Net Speak 101

Zuì Yòu Zuì Yòu is a simple phrase that translates roughly into “The first on the right side.” It’s often used on Weibo, where people can repost friends’ posts. When a user reposts something on Weibo, he or she can choose to retain the...


Net Speak 101

BGM BGM is an abbreviation for background music. Netizens often say that a person “is born with BGM,” which means that he or she has a strong personality. It also means the person is charming; when he or she appears, it feels like there’s...


Ask Beijing Today #83

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Ask Beijing Today #82

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