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  2. I'm not sure it will be an issue at all, if I've read you right you haven't overstayed the final short visa so as far as officialdom is concerned you're fine. The gap between the permit ending and that coming into effect might be apparent on paper but since it's not been penalised (for the solid reason it was due to your passport being with the PSB, you weren't in the country illegally and the subsequent issue of the exit visa underscores that) I don't expect that to raise any flags. Obviously that's just a not very well informed opinion.
  3. abcdefg

    Entry to China after this very complicated problem????

    Sounds like it is time to develop a very strong "Plan B," such as teaching Spanish in Korea or Thailand. I seriously doubt if anyone will be able to give you binding assurances that you will be able to return to China as a teacher at any time in the future. As to just coming back to visit friends on a tourist visa, you will probably just have to try it and see whether or not you are allowed.
  4. Yesterday
  5. I've noticed this, too. Indeed, you'd have to be deaf not to. Just listen to people around you talking. (A great way to improve your listening skills, by the way.) Then count down till money rears up in the conversation somehow. It won't be long: just seconds usually.
  6. mungouk

    Entry to China after this very complicated problem????

    Your work permit (it looks like an ID card) is not the same as your residency permit (which is stuck in your passport like a visa). Your employer has to cancel your work permit. PSB cancels your residency permit. I'm not sure if anyone will be able to answer your main question though... the previous experience of other people is no guarantee of how you will be treated. Have you tried contacting an embassy or consulate of your country in China to ask them for advice?
  7. I really never understand this dichotomy between law and enforcement especially in a one party state like China.
  8. 美術陶器 Unreadable 京紫龍峰 龍峯 https://item.fril.jp/ec20b51a5fb3428d5cd0b15cd8872f40
  9. According to my wife, it's actually illegal for companies to refuse cash payments in China, but it's not really enforced. Same as in Norway (illegal to not accept cash payments), where there's been a recent focus on stores/offices that only accept payment by card/mobile (including public clinics...). Edit: Here's an article mentioning Luckin Coffee's practice: Pressed about the law forbidding merchants to refuse cash, the staffer agreed to accept a banknote and use his own mobile phone to complete the official payment.Luckin did not respond to requests for comment.
  10. Mehfudanshanghai2020

    Fudan university dorms

    Hello everybody, Can anyone maybe tell me in details how the application process for a language student on a campus dorm works? How fast do I have to be to get a dorm, and does anyone have some tips to be fast during the booking process. Thank you very much!
  11. Flat-out refused cash. No wechat wallet. Download the app, install it, I'm sure give it your phone number with 2FA, and then allow it whatever permissions it demands, location, contacts list, etc. Only then may you order a coffee. First one's free! Yeah, because they make more than that cost on the profit of your data they just gathered and will continue to gather as long as the app is installed. To say nothing of the ads they will sell on it someday.
  12. Balthazar

    What are you reading?

    Thanks for the tip, picked up a copy today!
  13. murrayjames

    What are you reading?

    Outside of China, Asian grocery stores are another good place to find Chinese-language books.
  14. murrayjames

    What are you reading?

    www.xstt5.com www.rmxs8.com www.yftxt.com The search function on these websites is pretty awful. When looking for books online, I start by searching in Google for the book or author I want to read. Sometimes I Google search a specific site, like this: site:xstt5.com 巴金 When I find a good book on one of these sites, I click the author’s name to see all the books by that author on the site. I download texts mostly to check how difficult they are. When I am ready to read the book, I buy a physical copy at a brick-and-mortar bookstore, or on 京东.
  15. @Zabeth http://campuschina.org/universities/categories.html here you can search by language, provinces, and programs
  16. Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it. The bird that flew from the desert, it told me It's desolate there, all that's left is paleness The bird that flew from my hometown, it told me Mother's wrinkles are already old and gray-haired On this kind of night, why do I always I think of you again, the girl I abandoned On this kind of night, why do I always I think of you again, I think of you again The bird that flew from the grasslands, it told me It's grown wild there, all that's left is vastness The bird that flew from the south, it told me The beloved girl already has flowing long hair On this kind of night, why do I always I thought of you again, the girl I once loved On this kind of night, why do I always I think of you again, I think of you again clip.mp3 Answer
  17. could you use wechat? or do they just refuse paper money?
  18. david387

    What are you reading?

    I have found that this site has just about everything I look up. https://www.kanunu8.com/book3/8262/ not sure if you have had any other good sources but I always like to start there to see if I liked it before I get a hard copy or similar. My library here in Orange county California also has tons and tons of Chinese books. It is always good to get recommendations first, so thank you.
  19. PerpetualChange

    What are you reading?

    Reading 活著 now, about 70% through on Kindle. It is my first full novel aside from a few children's novels. I find it very easy with only a few sentences here and there that don't seem to click for me. Damn it's depressing though.
  20. I hope it's okay to post this here! I just finished this new app, it's a simple game where you swipe and slash, a la Fruit Ninja. Zombies approach and you tap on them to hear a Chinese word. If you hear the first tone, you swipe straight across. If you hear the second tone, you swipe diagonally upwards, etc. It's a way for new students to hear the words and try and identify and remember the tones by following the tone direction with their fingers. Would love to hear what people think! It's only available for iPhones right now on the app store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pinyin-vs-zombies/id1493511623?ls=1
  21. Shelley

    Fried rice to use up what’s left -- 炒饭

    Yes and he looks so calm and happy.
  22. abcdefg

    Fried rice to use up what’s left -- 炒饭

    What a talented young cook!
  23. Shelley

    Fried rice to use up what’s left -- 炒饭

    And this video to see how easy peasy and delicious it is to make egg fried rice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPVqyWBtE6M Sorry if you can't get YT.
  24. So I just have a very complicated problem and right now I'm not sure if II will ever be granted a new visa again. I was working on a training center as a spanish teacher, everything was perfect until one day, another teacher was arrested because apparently our boss send him to another place to work and that's illegal, besides he came for a non-english speaking country, so I guess that made the situation worst. Anyways, police officers interogate all the teachers including me and investigated the company. Just few days after this incident, I had to send my passport to the PSB Exit and entry bureau because I had to renew my resident permit. They told me to came back on november (3 weeks later) but when I did, they didn't gave me back my passport, they just told me to wait (I suppoused because they were investigating me as well). Almost 2 months later, they gave me back the passport but they didn't give me the resident permit, they just give me and exit visa, it says T 停留 and told me that I have 10 days to leave the country, they never arrested me, made me pay a fine or even told me that I can't came back to China. The problem is that in this 2 months my old resident permit expired and this new visa goes on effect from January and has a valid period of 10 days, it means that there is a space of almost 2 months in my passport that migration officers will consider as I had a penalty or something even though, and I repeat, I was never arrested, they never charged me a fine or told me that they found me guilty of something. Other teachers were arrested or deported because they found out they were send to other places too, but not me, they all tought english, I tought spanish (as I am from a spanish speaking country) and I did it AT the school we were working, not outside. The Psb or the police station also didn't give me a letter or something explaining why there is this space on the passport. So right now I have two problems: 1. My employer told me that he needs to cancel my Work permit in order to give me my release letter, because I quit the job and want to go home, so they scanned my new visa (the one that says T 停留). I let them do it but I told him that, because they never granted me the Resident permit, I thought it was already cancelled, they said that it wasn't and perhaps they will need 1 week or more to cancelled it and also he remarked that I NEED this release letter or I would never be able to work or came to China ever again. Is this true? I already leave the country, he said he is still procesing my release letter (although I'm not sure it is true) If he don't give me a release letter will it be impossible for me to come back to China? And the most worrying problem.... 2. The space in my passport of almost 2 months that anyone can interpret as an illegally staying in the country. I really want to come back to China, working for a different school of course, but I don't know if I will ever be granted to get back because of this space Police officers of the Psb said that I can return to China because this problem had nothing to do with me but I have heard of this kind of stories and in the end they CAN'T return to China or are stopped at the airport and forced to flight back to their countries. So, my question is, will I ever be able to come back to China (perhaps with a tourist visa) just to visit some friends or am I on a blacklist? In this case, how much time do I have to wait to get my name out of the blacklist? If someone has had the same experience or any suggestion I will be truly grateful to hear it.
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  26. księżycowy

    PAVC Vol I - Lesson 1

    I'd like to start this blog off with some notes, and the first few exercises from PAVC. I'll also make note of the hanzi I learn as well. Grammar Notes: This lesson, in addition to going over basic greetings and asking about names, introduced the following structures: -Sentences with 姓,叫,是 The textbook notes that 姓 is used only with last names, and 叫 is used with either full names or first names. It also puts 是 in this group, but I'm not sure if it's possible to say something like 「我是王大衛」or not. The textbook doesn't give any such examples. - Questions with 嗎 -Using question words to ask questions. The interesting thing to note here, is that the question word goes where the answer would go. So you can have「他姓什麼?」which is different from English word order. -Reciprocal questions with 呢 Vocabulary Notes: 不 is generally pronounced bu4, unless it is followed by another 4th tone where it changes to bu2. 哪 is pronounced na3 when it means "which", but it is pronounced as nei3 when it means "which one" (a contraction of 哪一) Hanzi Learned: 您,貴,姓,李,先,生,王,我,叫,好,是,美,國,人,嗎,不,英,你,什,麼,名,字,哪,呢,中,他,她,誰,台,臺,灣,華 Exercises: I'm going to put the exercises behind a spoiler tag.
  27. anonymoose

    Beijing metro - paying with your phone as a foreigner

    Post a photo of your collection here. I also have umpteen of these. I'll post a picture when I get back to the UK.
  28. księżycowy

    PAVC Exercises - Looking for Corrections

    Since posting this, I've started looking around, and found the blogs. So I'll take notes and post any answers to exercises there.
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