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What will be the next target for China?

Chinese New 5 Year economy

What is the aim of this 5-year plan?

For 2020 year, China has set new targets and goals in order to set a prosperous society in time. The aim is to double GDP and per capita personal income and keep the medium-high growth for the next coming years. Adding to it, there is a real improvement of industries. As you may probably know, China wants to develop its presence in the world and in every possible workable field.

China is attracting, even more, foreigners than years ago, more expats people learn Chinese in Beijing.

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Economical aspect

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China’s aim for a long time ago is trying to balance the urbanization of the country in rural and urban areas of China. In order to achieve it, China has a strong innovation development strategy for the industries.

Besides this, China is developing main core technologies in different sectors fields such as energy, aviation, medicine and intelligent manufacturing.

The health industry is booming in China and it will be under the spotlight due to pollution problems having an impact on Chinese people health.

Environment

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China is facing a big environment issue and it is one of the key priority in the plan of 2016-2020.  China’s air pollution issue is affecting country’s human health and biophysical environment.

With this 5 years plan, new targets need to be reached at the end of 2020:

  • Water consumption needs to fall by 20% by 2020
  • Energy consumption will be cut by 15%
  • Carbon dioxide emissions will be cut by 15%.

Those goals are quite challenging for China

Political influence

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No matter if we are talking about economics or even environmental challenges and plans reforms are highlighting the Chinese government policy foundations and actions.

This Chinese New 5 year plans is hiding purposely the question of how the Chinese government will actually try to achieve these targets set up at the very beginning. This is mainly the way how the Chinese government is working on, keeping up the mystery side of the solution.

Chinese authorities are actually facing a big challenge such as recently, those protests led by thousands of miners in northeastern China in coal and steel industry.  What was the matter of this protestation? Overcapacity industry, no wages for months.

This can actually have a huge impact on the prosperity of Chinese economy and if economic reforms fail, the social and political consequences would be unforeseeable.

Everything is tightly linking together.

To conclude, this Chinese leadership decision of this New 5 year plan is a way to organize all the structure in place with some fixed targets and goals but it is also a way to show the power of the Middle Kingdom in the world and their capacity to handle every issue in the country.

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lao waiArticle was written by Pierre

Spent 2 years in China and Studying Chinese international relations. Pierre has written a thesis on Chinese economy booming.

 

 

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    3 key points to learn mandarin

    Learning Mandarin with 3 key points

    Talking about Mandarin, many people think it is a super difficult language, which is even harder than the French. Why? People basically think that the language comes with the alphabetical similar to what they have, Latin, will think that others are more difficult. They have to learn the alphabetical again, know what does it sound like, how to spell it, and how to combine, what is conjugation and all. While the Latin alphabetical is pretty much used in many languages even with one or two different additional characters.

    Talking about Mandarin, if you come to China for business or study, you can actually face the possibility to learn Mandarin at least for your daily activity and conversation, while the education is now on delivered in English in many universities in China. How to master the language which has very interesting character and tone in spoken part?

    1. Try to set the target

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    It is true that if you have measurable target, you will be able to reach it easily as it is countable. So does for Mandarin, you should set your target how you can master the Mandarin. Ask yourself first what do you expect after learning it? Is that the fluency in speaking? The ability to write? Your reading comprehension or Mandarin for education purposes? All those questions will lead you to the specific target. Measurable target also very important, there is no need to make “able to speak Mandarin well”, the indicator “Well” is not an indicator as you cannot measure it. Try to make target like “memorizing 3 words a day”, “make one introduction conversation each day in first week of learning”. It is surely more measurable; you can count how many Mandarin words you have memorize and have you make short introduction conversation with your Chinese fellow today?

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    1. Study Everyday

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    Language is something that you use every day and it is much better for you to also practice every day. The advantage of 10-20 minutes learning per day is higher than the 2-3 hours but only 3 days a week. It is all about how your brain familiarizes with the character the usage of the character and all. But the forcing of 2-3 hours studying wouldn’t be fun for your brain and learning the language doesn’t seem to be fun anymore.

    1. Learning Mandarin means speak!

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    Mandarin is the language of speaking. The intonation and the way you pronounce the word will mean the whole lot of thing for the meaning of the conversation. One word, same character, but different tones will give somehow very different meaning that you as the beginner will find it like, “WHAT?” but hold still and try to always speak it out loud with the help of your fellow Chinese friends, so they can help you to fix your intonation and help you if you stuck in translation in public.

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    Learning the language has very different way, some need you to learn the character, grammar, and written more, while others maybe require you to speak out loud more in order to get it right. Feel the joy and frustration of learning language, you’ll find it very interesting and worth you the language itself.

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      China, a land full of myths and hidden beauties

      China, a land full of myths and hidden beauties

      Have you ever been to China before? Did you go there for tourism, business, or education? Today we have the list of some places in China which you won’t believe they exist. If you ever been to China in long term purpose like moving, studying, or the long vacation, we hope you already visit some of these places in order to know the real China, land of myth and nature beauty.

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      1. The Guanyin Statue

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      Build in the Nanshan Temple Complex with the height of 354 feet, Guanyin Statue is the dedication of Guanyin the Chinese goddess of mercy. This statue is reportedly has 3 faces which are facing 2 different directions; one is looking down to the land while the 2 others are facing the South China Sea. Being one of the 4 tallest statues in the world, Guanyin Statue is also named as the tallest statue in China mainland.

      1. Xitang

      Xitang

      Xitang is well known as the “typical” Chinese water village with the road full of the lantern and all houses are offering the “real” China experiences. It is built the canal and river in the Zhejiang Province, which is close to Shanghai, one of the biggest cities in China. The village back in the old time before tourism change the appearance of this village, you can really find how the people who live there doing a daily activity, but now Xitang has transformed into full tourist spot which accommodates the need of tourist and what they expect from the typical floating village in China.

      1. Nalati Grassland

      Nalati Grassland

      For the Chinese, they don’t need to spend so much money to be able to see the grassland with cow and sheep grasping under the clear blue sky by flying all the way to Switzerland. Why? Because in their land of nature beauty, China has Nalati Grassland located in the Northwest Xinjiang which is known as the world 4th largest grassland and known as one of the highest grasslands in China. The best time to visit this place is in the summer while this place will be covered by many flowers, and the weather wouldn’t be too cold.

      1. Qian Dao Lake

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      Known as the Thousand-Islet Lake, Qian Dao was the man-made lake which was built in 1950 for the purpose of water supply and electricity with water and hydraulic station taken from the Xin’an river. It started by evacuating 385 square miles of land, plain, and hill then flooded it with water from the river, and unexpectedly it turns out as the dream islands. Now Qian Dao Lake is used specifically for the electricity supply and the islands are built for tourism purposes.

      1. Zhangye Danzia Lanform

      "A visitor stands at a viewing platform in the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Zhangye, northwest Chinas Gansu province, 22 September 2012."
      “A visitor stands at a viewing platform in the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Zhangye, northwest Chinas Gansu province, 22 September 2012.”

      The island has been pretty famous recently as the picture of this land goes viral on the internet as the unbelievable nature mate landscape of colored rocks and hills. More than 510 square kilometers are all covered by the red rock base and colored land as the painting contrasting with the blue sky.

      Visit China without making an escape and see these beautiful places above? You haven’t revealed the true beauty of China. Make a way out and have a breathtaking experience!

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      Top 10 reasons why to visit China

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        Top 10 reasons why to visit China

        Why you should visit China

        The Great Wall of China

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        One of the first things that come to mind when people speak about china is: The Great Wall of China. The man-made building is not only famous to the world, but also very symbolic to the Chinese nation.

        The wall lengths 5000km from the East Coast to the West. However, time has taken its toll on various parts of the wall, therefore it is often advised to best visit the wall section in Beijing.

        Beijing and The Forbidden City

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        In present day, visitors are able to take a look inside the Imperial Palace, walk through 8000 rooms, and take inspiration from this ancient yet extravagant piece of Chinese architecture. A little bit more than a century, no one was among the general public was allowed entry into the ‘Forbidden City’; once the home of 24 emperors, the palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties, 560 years ago.

        The palace is a historical wonder of the world, detailed with ancient and centennial relics, and one of five most significant constructions in the world.

        Watery Wonder in Guilin: famous Li River

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        Guilin is located in the south of china, with the famous River Li, portraying a real dream-like landscape to the viewer’s eye.

        The River Li connects Yangshuo to Guilin along an 83km breath-taking scenic tour. The River Li is so renowned for its beauty and nature, it has been deemed one the “World’s Top Ten Watery Wonders” on the National Geographic list.

         A 2000-year-old Terracotta Chinese army: Welcome to Xi’an

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        The Terracotta Army has been positioned underground for more than 2 thousand years, being discovered in 1974 and becoming a part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1987.

        What is amazing about this historical treasure is that each Terracotta soldier is different from one another, with very detailed facial features. According to experts, this army represents the soldiers who fought and won in the Warring State Period which took place in 475-221 BC.

        The Yellow Mountains from China’s National Park

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        The Yellow Mountains located near Shanghai, has been renowned for its impeccable landscape. The beauty of the mountains, combined with the natural hot springs, seas of clouds has produced a scene so picture-perfect, there is none other alike.

        The proximity of the location being so close to Shanghai and Hangzhou, has seen crowded numbers of local tourists each national holiday. It is best to check the dates before planning a visit!

        Kung Fu Panda is from Chengdu

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        What is cute, black and white coloured, and loves eating bamboo? The Panda of course! China has protected their Panda species for decades and are open to viewing at Chinese zoos especially in Chengdu, as it has been considered their hometown.

        Lhasa and The Potala Palace, Tibetan symbol

        Lhasa

        Lhasa is located in the West of China, and has been a part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites since 1994. More than just a Tibetan symbol, it is a known for its Tibetan historical contents. The palace is famous for its relics, Buddhist statues, religious artifacts, and artistic sculptures and scriptures.

        Hangzhou and its West Lake

        Hangzhou

        Hangzhou is a peaceful city. The scenery among the Western Lake changes according to seasons, allowing you to experience a new and beautiful landscape every quarterly.

        The West Lake sits like a peaceful oasis with the urbanity of the skyline. Take a stroll there, or even better enjoy yourself on a little cruise on the tranquil lake.

        In Chinese language, Hangzhou literally means “Paradise on Earth”.

        Shanghai and The Bund

        Shanghai bund

        The Bund has been a long-pleasing attraction in Shanghai. The Bund encompasses the Western culture and the astounding architecture built during the colonial centuries. A Western fascination located in the center of Orientalism.

        Close To Shanghai : Zhujiajiao Ancient

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        Zhujiajiao Ancient Town  is a little Chinese Venice, charming destination for lovers, friends or even alone! There, you can take a boat on the lake, passing under ancient bridges, seeing traditional Chinese houses, and admiring all ancient Chinese style. A quiet and peaceful moment where you can take a coffee or Jasmin tea and tasting traditional Chinese !

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        10 tips for expats moving in China

        5 things to know before visiting Beijing

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          10 tips for expats moving to China

          New expats in China? Here are some tips to follow

           

           1. Being a foreigner (“laowai”) in China

          Being a foreigner in China is a true experience that will open your eyes. China is so specific in terms of its culture and its way of life. In certain areas of China, the general public will have never seen a foreigner before, so don’t be surprised if they give a little gaze, in most cases they are simply astonished. Some may even ask to take pictures with you, so take in the moment to be a “celebrity”!

          2. Beware to the cultural shock

          It’s always good to do some research before going on a trip to China. China’s Orientalism and culture is extremely different to that of the Western.

          For example, you will quickly see people spitting everywhere (even indoors, or on the metro), many public bathrooms with no toilet paper (even in restaurants), and squatting toilets are extremely common, and often without doors… In regards to food, there are many safety issues such as the quality and freshness of the product which many people are becoming more aware of.

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          3. Being respectful to elder

          The culture of family China is extremely important. Chinese parents care about not only their child, but their grandchild, and so on. Thus, the idea of respect and appreciation is strongly looked upon. Being respectful to the elderly in particular, as it is considered that the elderly are the ones whom are more experienced and will only give you advice for your own good.

          Respect for elders

          4. Restrictions on Foreigners in China

          As a foreigner, there are restrictions such as important administration work, money conversion restrictions, or the need to complete registrations if you are leaving a Chinese city (even just for the weekend). Sometimes it may feel that government and law are catching up to you, but as long as your organization is on top, there will be no problems.

          5. Schooling in China

          China has many International schools, perfect for expats living in China. In recent years, the Chinese government has pushed its schooling and education system towards higher levels of quality.

          Some international schools include: Shanghai American School, Wuhan South Lake International School, and Shenzhen QSI International School. These schools allow for not only better education, but also brings opportunities for families and students whom are driven for better education.

          6. Do I need to learn Chinese?

          Yes, you do. Learning the Chinese language, even just a little bit, will be useful for your time in China. As English is rarely spoken, knowing the language will be beneficial for day-to-day activities such as ordering food, taking a cab, or going shopping.

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          7. Moving to China

          Moving to China is an adventure. From finding apartments and dealing with landlords, to getting a bank account set-up and finding your way around the city.

          One thing you must learn is to negotiate. Everything is based on negotiation, ie. renting an apartment, and always be sure to have contracts signed and confirmed before agreeing to anything.

          8. Job Opportunities in China

          China is a country of opportunities, business, and tourism. For English natives, teaching English has become a common career for many travellers who visit, and eventually decide to stay. Many countries hire foreign teachers to teach English, whether at schools or private institutions, therefore making job out of your language potential has been very common and rewarding.

          Job opportunities in China

          9. Medical Care in China

          For foreigners, you will be advised to go to an International hospital. In general, medical fees in China are expensive, therefore it will be easy for doctors to understand you. Also, consider taking on a health insurance before departure from your home country.

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          10. Culture, food, and attractions

          Chinese culture is not only very specific, but is also rich, complex, and ancient. Visiting historical places such as Beijing’s ‘Forbidden City’ or ‘The Great Wall of China’ have been tourist favourites. Try out traditional Chinese food such as Beijing’s Roast Duck, or Xiao Long Bao, will expose you to cuisines delicacies. China is all about their culture, and in order to experience it, you must bring yourself here!

           

           

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            Sharing economy in China

            Sharing economy in China is worth close to $300b !

            In China, from ride-hailing businesses to online auctioneers, sharing economy platforms have created a market worth close to 2 trillion yuan (nearly $300 billion) in 2015, says the National Information Center Sunday. There are 50 million sharing business providers in China and they have more than 500 million consumers, according to a report by the center.

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            What is a sharing economy ?

            In the new trendy collaborative consumption, the sharing economy or the peer economy, owners can rent out some things they’re not using for the moment, such as a bike, car or even a house to someone they don’t know using these peer-to-peer services. Usually, the company has a rating system comparable to eBay’s rating or review system so that both sides of the contract can fully trust the other. With these services becoming more and more popular, many people no longer need to buy when they can rent pretty much everything from others.

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            In addition to taxi-hailing apps such as Uber, KuaiDi, Didi, product, knowledge and service-based providers have burgeoned all over the web, reported Yang Yixin, deputy secretary-general of the China Internet Association, at the press conference issuing this famous report.

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            Peer economy in China : 40% growth per year in the coming five years !

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            Zhang Xinhong, along with the National Information Center’s Information Research Department, said the peer economy in China would be growing at an annual rate of 40% in the coming five years, and would be equivalent to over 10% of China’s GDP by 2020.

            Taxi-hailing app Didi, the result of a merger between two separate startups in early 2015, raised tens of billions of US dollars last year from domestic and overseas investors.

            Li Jianhua, Didi ‘s chief development officer, reported that his taxi-hailing app received 1.4 billion calls back in 2015, a figure Li expects to double by the end of 2016.

            The report forecasts that in the coming decade, five to ten companies with similar value and influence as Didi will manage to establish themselves in the peer economy.

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              China’s Economy : difficult to approach

              Understanding Chinese economy

              The Chinese market has always been one that is difficult to interpret and understand, particularly its customers and entrepreneurs. It has been a huge challenge for foreign companies who want to deal partnerships with Chinese businessmen, not only do they find trouble communicating with one another, but also struggle to find agreements on various subjects.

              China is trying to make efforts

              To take one example, Partnership between Australia and the Chinese has always been complicated.

              China has been requested to conclude the negotiation on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) at the end of 2016. The organization has spoken of large issues, with promises to arrange for agreements between the two countries. While Australian businesses have been hesitating to negotiate with the Chinese, trade agreements between China and India have begun. The new project shows promising potential as the economy in both countries are growing.

              Reforms involved in China’s market success

              In recent months, China has adopted many regulations in order to improve their economic activity. Previous protocols have been difficult, and take long amounts of time to build up. According to American corporates, China should apply for loose monetary policies, which would improve in settling agreements.

              The Chinese market has acknowledged that they are not interested in this type of economic approach. Chinese businesses are conscious that the strategy development for this is not an effective long-term resolution. In fact, for years and years, China has been very patient in their progress, and has taken time to effectively seek for solutions. The present day has shown that the country has succeeded in reaching its goals and built a solid economy.

              China’s most effective economy is the online market. The development on Chinese e-commerce websites have proved to be the most successful compared to the rest of the world.

              Consequently, foreign companies have found difficulty in penetrating the Chinese market due to their lack of knowledge on the economy culture.

              Chinese customers’ confidence

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              According to American companies, the best way to improve the country’s productivity is to create competition within the market, whereas the Chinese government chooses in giving priority to privatized state-owned enterprises.

              Market productivity depends on the reliance between the country’s economy and its customers, who are in charge of making their businesses work. In view of many surveys, two factors have been raised. The employment rate in China is growing, even with the economy growth rate decreasing to 7%, employment rate has seen 13million new opportunities granted by the Chinese government. On the other hand, Chinese consumers need to see concrete reforms, whilst the government approves them, only until then will they be in confidence in their economic plans.

              There have been other ways to attract Chinese consumers, however government reforms enable them to become very connected. They also become sensitive of what they see or hear on the news and social media, thus making their general knowledge of buzz and trends more appropriated.

              That’s why Digital Marketing is the key to success, in such an economic-precise nation.

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              5 things to know before visiting Beijing

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                5 things to know before visiting Beijing!

                What you need to know before visiting Beijing

                Let’s take a walk around Beijing, the city of culture and history.

                1. The merging of Ancient and Modern

                Beijing has a history of 3000 years old, and has been deemed the only worthy capital city since 800 years ago. The city is occupied with historical architecture such as Summer Palace, Heaven Kingdom, and the Ming Tomb. Besides these, many modern buildings have been constructed, with the Beijing National Stadium (also known as the Bird’s Nest) which was constructed for the 2008 Olympic Games.

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                1. The digital dynamism of Beijing

                Zhonguancun is known as the ‘Silicon Valley’, where Beijing’s high-tech corporations and enterprises are located, and many universities specialising in IT, as well as various commercial centres retailing electronic and digital products.

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                1. History and Culture in Beijing

                Beijing is full of historical architecture, districts, and neighbourhoods; from the Great Wall of China, to Tiananmen Square, to the Forbidden City. The streets of Beijing offer a wide variety of activities for you to enjoy; from enjoying a nice cup of Chinese tea at a tea ceremonial, to visiting the National Art Museum, or even going to see famous Chinese acrobatics and theatre. Here an interesting article, you can click here.

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                1. Enjoy Beijing’s Roast Duck, then go out and party!

                As China’s capital, Beijing attracts a lot of foreigners. The vitality of this city is brought to Beijing’s colourful nightlife, with many people hanging out in pubs and clubs. There is also the alternative, with people attending shows or exhibitions, such as The Peking Opera, or Kung Fu events.

                But before all this, take a walk to Jiumen Xiaochi (九门小吃) where the taste of Beijing is diverse along the street, highlighting the manifolds of food specialties such as Roast Duck, Jing Jiang Rou Si (shredded pork in Beijing sauce), or Tuckahoe Pie!

                1. Practice your Chinese every day!

                The best way to learn a language is to speak and use it every day! Beijing is also known for the city of establishing the Chinese language “Pu Tong Hua”. Start with some common and easier phrases, such as ordering food at a restaurant, or asking how much an item is. Even in the capital, there are still many people whom cannot speak English, therefore a few Chinese lessons would do you good and make things heaps easier!

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