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Western Horoscope vs Chinese Zodiac
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Western Horoscope refers to the twelve zones of celestial longitude during one cycle of the earth's orbiting the sun. It is actually a way of dividing months in a year. 

The twelve zones are addressed by twelve constellation names: 

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.
 
The so called "Chinese Zodiac" is actually a different concept from the Zodiac in western horoscope. Maybe because both of them have twelve items and many of the items are named after animals, the original interpreter connected them together.
 
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Common Customs of China
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Customs of China

The Chinese are a lot more relaxed about some of their customs than other Asian cultures. As a waiguoren (Westerner), you're not expected to necessarily understand various customs, so you'll be let off the hook to a large extent.

It doesn't hurt for the foreign barbarian to be a little civilized every now and then. Read on for advice on specific customs.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 11:29
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Bad Words in Chinese
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China CussingSometimes, you just gotta let it all out. Whether it’s with your friends or just some complete pigu muncher, curse words do come in handy – whatever the language.

 
How Many Bad Words in Chinese Do you Need to Know?
 
 
 
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Home Help for Families in Shanghai
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Living in a foreign country can be challenging, but there are many options for expats and their families to settle in more quickly and easily. One advantage of living in Shanghai is the numerous household service options that can be catered towards their everyday life. Housekeeping services can be hired by the hour, by the day, and there's even a live-in option. Other selections include pet sitters, babysitters, nannies, tutors, and even family drivers. Housekeeping services have established a strong presence in the local expat community and are a great option for freeing family time from household chores.

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Religious Services in Shanghai
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Shanghai not only is a city of diverse businesses ranging from local owned companies to multinational Fortune 500 companies but also is a city of multifarious religious groups. The diverse choices in religious options include Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Islamism, various forms of Christianity, and many more. There are numerous options catered towards different types of people including formal church gatherings, guest lecturers, and even like-minded group meetings. Some noteworthy temples include the City God Temple (at the heart of the old city), Longhua Temple (built in the Three Kingdoms period), Jade Buddha Temple (famous Buddha carving), and St. Ignatius Cathedral (one of the largest catholic churches in Shanghai). 

 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:50
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Chinese Etiquette Tips: Tips to Understanding Chinese Traditions and Chinese Culture
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Learning proper Chinese etiquette takes time and practice. The most important thing to remember is to smile, be sincere, and open-minded. The ability to go with the flow and be patient is essential. The following are some Chinese traditions and etiquette tips.

Tips for Making a Great First Impression:
It is becoming more and more popular to shake hands upon meeting, but oftentimes, a simple nod is how Chinese will greet each other. When a handshake is given, it may be firm or weak but don’t read into the firmness of the handshake as it’s not a sign of confidence like in the West but a simple formality. Avoid hugging or kissing during greetings and farewells.

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