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Teach English in Taiwan, and Make a Lot of Money

Teaching in Taiwan: A Sweet Deal<p>By Billie Tyler<p>Taiwan, the home of iPhone factories, McDonald's happy meal toys and iced bubble tea, right? Or is it …

The time to protect your real property assets is before any HOA litigation

<b>Question:</b> Not long after we moved into our townhouse, we came to loggerheads with the board. Try as we might to resolve our differences, nothing worked. My wife and I found ourselves in a lawsuit with the association that started shortly after we moved here. Yesterday our attorney explained the …

Strange Numbers Found in Particle Collisions

An unexpected connection has emerged between the results of physics experiments and an important, seemingly unrelated set of numbers in pure …

The Math That’s Too Difficult for Physics

How do physicists reconstruct what really happened in a particle collision? Through calculations that are so challenging that, in some cases, they …

Buying Your First Telescope? What You Need to Know

Hoping to buy a telescope this holiday season? To make sure that you make the right purchase — one that will foster a lifelong love of astronomy for …

China’s Yuan Just Sunk to an 8-Year Low Against the Dollar

It just keeps falling.<p>China’s currency dived today to its lowest level since late 2008. China’s yuan now trades around 6.86 to $1, just a few years …

This Simple Advice Put Over $1 Million In My Pocket

Start the day this way to engage your brain-and the wider world.<p>A couple of weeks ago I met a professional athlete who is getting ready to make the transition to traditional work life. He is specifically interested in finance.<p>Over a pizza dinner, we talked about the type of financial professional …

DIY Trip Hong Kong Itinerary: 5 Days (More or Less) w/ Macau Day Trip

Explore Tsim Sha Tsui area in Kowloon<p>During my stay, I got a hotel at Hong Kong Island (but you can also opt to get your accommodation in Kowloon as …

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This map shows the massive reach of Chinese trade

World Bank data shows the value of Chinese exports has almost tripled over the past 10 years. And there is strong evidence the country's export riches will be enjoyed for some time yet.<p>China exported $2.3 trillion worth of products to 209 trading partners in 2015, according to the World Bank, up …

6 Crazy Beautiful National Parks in China

When we think of China, we're usually envisage bustling metropolises, ancient temples, and vast swaths of smog. Okay, and maybe the Great Wall. But …

The secret to truly understanding China

The big picture isn’t always the most revealing one. Sometimes you learn more by concentrating on the small things.<p>So it is with Rob Schmitz's Street of Eternal Happiness (John Murray, £20), in which an American reporter, charged with explaining the Chinese economy, talks to the people along his …

Conquering Choquequirao: the long walk to Peru’s lesser-known ‘lost city’

Rambling along the bumpy road from Cuzco out to Cachora, it becomes abundantly clear that I’ve left the feverish Machu Picchu crowds behind and am now entering into the less polished corners of the Peruvian Andes. These are the fabled hills of the Inca, though they’re not the ones most visitors fly …

Two Reasons Chinese Millennials Have More Cash To Burn

Xiao-jie is 21. A senior in college, she is one of six million people who traveled overseas during China’s Golden Week holiday (Oct. 1-7). Japan was her destination. The trip cost about 10,000 yuan (about $1,500), which her parents paid for. As the only child in the family, Xiao-jie gets pretty …

The Top 6 Apps for Learning a New Language

We all love traveling abroad in an authentic way - meeting the locals, sampling the regional cuisine and hanging out at haunts not frequented by …

6 Memorable Things I Learned in China

This summer I traveled to Beijing and Ningxia, thanks to the China Unlimited contest organized by the China EU Mission. I had hoped to learn more …

U.S., China ratify Paris climate deal, setting stage for G20

HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - China and the United States ratified the Paris agreement to cut climate-warming emissions on Saturday, marking a major step toward the enactment of the pact as early as the end of the year and setting the stage for other countries to follow suit.<p>The world’s two biggest …

Trudeau ‘looking very favourably’ at joining China-led bank

Hours after landing in Beijing, Justin Trudeau signalled Canada is ready to take the first step in a promised "reset" of its relationship with its second-largest trading partner by applying for membership in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-led institution the United States has …

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China: the new space superpower

For years, its space programme was shrouded in secrecy. Now, with plans for lunar and Mars missions, and crowds at its launch sites, China is ready for liftoff<p>At 8pm Beijing time on 25 June this year the tropical darkness over China’s Hainan province was temporarily banished by a blinding orange …

China opens record-breaking glass bridge | CNN Travel

Rise of the machines: Chinese investors flock to robo-advisors

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Tired of spending hours at her Beijing bank discussing her finances and a myriad of investment options with her account manager, Lauren Ma turned to Lingji, a phone app that pre-selects a range of assets and trades for her automatically.<p>People work at Xuanji, the …

China got it right

China shocked financial markets with a sudden devaluation of the renminbi, cutting it by 3% against the dollar over the course of five trading days.<p>That helped drive a $4 trillion market rout, with global stock indexes dropping by 10% in the aftermath.<p>The devaluation was widely seen as a sign that …

China gives World Bank go-ahead for first renminbi-settled SDR bond - Business

The World Bank gained approval from China鈥檚 central bank to issue the first ever renminbi-settled special drawing right bonds on Friday, marking a …

China's July forex reserves fall to $3.20 trillion

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s foreign exchange reserves fell to $3.20 trillion in July, central bank data showed on Sunday, in line with analyst expectations.<p>A Chinese national flag flutters outside the headquarters of the People's Bank of China, the Chinese central bank, in Beijing, April 3, 2014. …

Landscape painting on the cut surface of a treestump

This bucolic scene is a work of art that anyone can attempt—so long as they have an unrooted treestump close to hand and the brilliant skills of …

23 Companies That Help You Travel The World For Free (And Might Pay You, Too)

Think you can’t afford to go on vacation? Think again.<p>A Wisconsin-based teacher and author with a passion for Spain, Abbey Algiers looks for inexpensive ways to take trips on her summer holidays. So when she discovered Diverbo, she couldn’t believe it. Diverbo offers free vacations for English …

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Self-Taught Artist Discovers Incredible Painting Skills While Taking Care of His Sick Dog

‘There has to be more than this', 2013 – Acrylic on canvas, 500 x 500mm<p>‘Before the storm', 2015 – acrylic on canvas, 150x70cm (60″x29″)<p>‘Sunrise, I left you sleeping', 2015 ; Acrylic on canvas ; 1650 x 850mm<p>‘Low winter sun', 2014 – Acrylic on canvas 800x800mm – Shortlisted for The John Ruskin Prize, …

America wants to believe China can’t innovate. Tech tells a different story.

By Emily Rauhala<p>Emily Rauhala<p>Correspondent covering East and Southeast Asia<p>Email Bio Follow<p>BEIJING — Silicon Valley may be powered by organic kale, but when Chinese tech gurus gather at 3W, a coffee shop-slash-incubator in the Chinese capital, they want sunflower seeds. And they want them …

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Postal Savings Bank said to file for $8b IPO - Business

The Postal Savings Bank of China Co filed a listing application with the Hong Kong stock exchange, people with knowledge of the matter said, as it …

EXCLUSIVE: China to tolerate weaker yuan, wary of trade partners' reaction

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s central bank would tolerate a fall in the yuan to as low as 6.8 per dollar in 2016 to support the economy, which would mean the currency matching last year’s record decline of 4.5 percent, policy sources said.<p>Chinese 100 yuan banknotes are seen on a counter of a …