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Premarital checkups in China: Why you need to get one

If you’re planning a wedding in China, you’re probably busy finding the perfect dress and finalizing the venue, amongst a million other things. It’s fair to say that premarital checkups are the last thing on your mind. With that said, premarital checkups are a vital, but often overlooked, aspect of getting married. In this Pacific …

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Premarital checkups in China: Why you need to get one

If you’re planning a wedding in China, you’re probably busy finding the perfect dress and finalizing the venue, amongst a million other things. It’s fair to say that premarital checkups are the last thing on your mind. With that said, premarital checkups are a vital, but often overlooked, aspect of getting married. In this Pacific …

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Online mental health support for expats in China

Online mental health support for expats in China

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 54 million people in China suffer from depression, and about 41 million suffer from anxiety disorders. When it comes to addressing the staggering mental health issues, China has made significant gains in the last two decades in helping people overcome the prominent barriers that prevent them from …

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Your complete guide to teaching in China

From the skylines of Shanghai to the Forbidden City in Beijing and the treasures of Xi’an, China offers a unique blend of ancient and modern influences. And, given that it’s the world’s biggest English as a Second Language (ESL) hotspot, it’s no wonder the country is incredibly popular with foreign teachers. It gives them the …

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Online mental health support for expats in China

Online mental health support for expats in China

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 54 million people in China suffer from depression, and about 41 million suffer from anxiety disorders. When it comes to addressing the staggering mental health issues, China has made significant gains in the last two decades in helping people overcome the prominent barriers that prevent them from …

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China

Your complete guide to teaching in China

From the skylines of Shanghai to the Forbidden City in Beijing and the treasures of Xi’an, China offers a unique blend of ancient and modern influences. And, given that it’s the world’s biggest English as a Second Language (ESL) hotspot, it’s no wonder the country is incredibly popular with foreign teachers. It gives them the …

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An expat’s guide to dealing with culture shock in China

Moving to a new country can be incredibly exciting. With a wealth of history and tradition behind the country, China is a wonderful place to call your new home. However, with so many cultural differences between China and the West, taking your new life by hand is a whole different story altogether. Of course, the …

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An expat’s guide to choosing the right school in China

One of the most important decisions expat parents have to make is what school to send their children to. Some key considerations that parents have to deal with when finding a school abroad include language barriers and cultural differences. Fortunately, there are many options for education in China, allowing expats to choose from international, public, …

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Preparing for pregnancy: maternity leave and insurance in China

Are you thinking about starting a family in China? Deciding to start planning for a child is huge news! It’s an exciting time and one that can be filled with hopes, dreams, and wondering: what do I need to do to ensure the best for our pregnancy? Besides names and and deciding what color to …

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Choosing health insurance for young families

Families with young children know the panicked trip to the hospital all too well – whether it’s a high fever, an allergic reaction, or even an accident on the playground, you just want the best care for your little ones. If you want to avoid out-of-pocket payments whilst doing so, purchasing a family health insurance …

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Coronavirus: making work from home more productive

With Beijing imposing a 14-day self-quarantine on people returning to the city, in an attempt to contain the spreading coronavirus that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, many residents might now face a new style of work: home office. For those working from home, waking up in the morning doesn’t mean physically going to …

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How to be mindful at work

How to be mindful at work

Mindfulness has been on the lips of many for the past couple of years, however, it might not always be understood and practiced properly. Mindfulness is the ability we all have to be fully present and aware of what we’re doing without being distracted by any outside and internal stimuli. By now, you realize why …

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Social media insurance for businesses

Social media insurance for businesses

It is the best of times and the worst of times for businesses. On one hand, promoting your business has never been easier before through social media channels like Weibo, Twitter, and Linkedin. It is an inexpensive way to engage your potential customers throughout the world, expand your base of customers, collect feedback for your …

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Public Shanghai hospitals, VIP clinics, and international hospitals: 6 key differences

“Where should I go for care?” is usually one of the top questions asked by newcomers to Shanghai. This is an especially pertinent question in the time of the coronavirus pandemic. Ever since mid-2014, when the Chinese government permitted wholly foreign owned hospitals in seven cities and provinces, the quality and choice of care for …

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Emergency hospitals for expats in Beijing and Shanghai

Medical emergencies often happen at the most inopportune times. How do you make sure you are prepared for serious accidents as an expat living in China? In this Pacific Prime China article, we would like to gift our readers with peace of mind. They say, “the more you know, the better”. Here, we’ll go over …

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - China’s color-based health code system

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – China’s color-based health code system

Earlier in February, the Chinese government combined mobile technology and big data to establish a color-based health code (or QR code) system. The purpose of the system was to track and monitor people’s movement in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus. After three months of use, the health tracking system has now evolved …

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Introducing our first-ever report on global employee benefits trends

Against the backdrop of the unprecedented coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic this year, resulting in job insecurity, mass unemployment, as well as a rapid shift towards work-from-home policies, Pacific Prime China is extremely proud to introduce our first ever-report on global employee benefits trends in 2020. The report offers an in-depth look at the top six benefits …

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China's booming health insurance industry

China’s booming health insurance industry

The last 40 years of rapid growth has seen China rise to become the second-largest economy in the world with a population of 1.42 billion people. The country has fueled growth throughout the Asia-Pacific region, forming strong connections with neighboring countries and other economies around the world. Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world …

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Fun at work: 6 useful tips for organizations

Fun at work: 6 useful tips for organizations

Having fun at work should be the norm, especially considering that we spend roughly a third of our lives at work. Incorporating fun activities at the office can also help reinforce a sense of belonging and inspire employees to stay working in the organization for longer – a goal that any Human Resource (HR) manager …

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What you need to know about returning to Shanghai as an expat

Since COVID-19 has turned into a global pandemic, China has taken drastic measures to prevent a second wave from happening. The country has closed its border to virtually all foreigners since March 28, 2020, significantly reducing the number of international flights into the country. With the pandemic seemingly under control in China and the majority …

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New report: The state of health insurance in China

The COVID-19 outbreak has sent shockwaves across industries in the first half of 2020, and the insurance sector has certainly not been spared. Employers and individuals alike are increasingly aware of the importance of a good health insurance plan. In our goal to help clients make more informed insurance purchasing and renewal decisions, we have …

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Chinese city aims for permanent health tracking post COVID-19

The city of Hangzhou has revealed plans to turn a health-tracking app that was used in response to the novel coronavirus into a permanent fixture. The app tracks a person’s health and scores them based on several factors, such as the amount of alcohol they consumed and the number of hours they slept. In this …

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