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The latest COVID-19 restrictions in Beijing and Shanghai (updated)

After being subjected to two months of stringent lockdown, starting June 1st, 2022, residents of Shanghai are finally allowed to venture outdoors. At the same time, Beijing continues to roll back on the COVID-19 restrictions. However, with dynamic partial lockdowns in high-risk areas still intact and harsh regulations on public movement, these are undoubtedly the …

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How to bring your pet to China

Relocating your pet from one country to another can be an extremely challenging and expensive job. Each country has its requirements, rules, and regulations in terms of size, breed, country of origin, etc. – and so does China. But fret not, you will get to learn more about how to bring your pet to China …

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How to improve reading habits so they become part of your lifestyle

On World Book Day 2022 (which falls on April 23rd every year), China’s President Xi Jinping encouraged Chinese people to develop good reading habits in a congratulatory letter to the nation’s first reading campaign. He mentioned that reading was vital for acquiring knowledge, gaining wisdom, and raising moral standards. Likewise, Xi added that the Chinese …

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How to talk to your kids about their mental health

While there are some discussions you can wait to have until your children are older, mental health is worth talking about now. Stress, anxiety, and fear are normal and affect people of all ages, and approaching mental illness as a taboo subject only stigmatizes it. Even so, talking about mental health or emotional wellbeing can …

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How to improve reading habits so they become part of your lifestyle

On World Book Day 2022 (which falls on April 23rd every year), China’s President Xi Jinping encouraged Chinese people to develop good reading habits in a congratulatory letter to the nation’s first reading campaign. He mentioned that reading was vital for acquiring knowledge, gaining wisdom, and raising moral standards. Likewise, Xi added that the Chinese …

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5 winter sports to try after the Winter Olympic Games

If you tuned in to watch the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022, alongside millions of other spectators from around the world, then the fun and adrenaline on screen may give you the urge to try out some of the winter sports games yourself. Whether you’re a newbie when it comes to winter sports or have a …

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All you need to know about the Chinese Lantern Festival

When we think of traditional Chinese celebrations, red paper lanterns often come to mind. But have you ever wondered why they are found everywhere, from Chinese restaurants to streets in China Town? On occasions like Chinese New Year, these objects hang prominently in front of homes and throughout cities. To understand why they are an …

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How to talk to your kids about their mental health

While there are some discussions you can wait to have until your children are older, mental health is worth talking about now. Stress, anxiety, and fear are normal and affect people of all ages, and approaching mental illness as a taboo subject only stigmatizes it. Even so, talking about mental health or emotional wellbeing can …

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7 signs of expat child syndrome: What is it and how can parents help?

Relocation isn’t as simple as moving your physical body to a new country. It can be an emotionally-draining process that deeply affects your kid’s psyche. Expat child syndrome (ECS) occurs when even after months, your child has still not settled in their new home. Psychologists use this term to describe children suffering from emotional stress …

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Your guide to celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with kids

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important festivals in China, following Chinese New Year. Traditionally falling on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, the festival occurs in September or October. The Mid-Autumn Festival takes place on September 21st this year. The festival, which is also called the …

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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

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

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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How a positive attitude to aging can lead to a healthier life

At 87 years old, Paddy Jones and her salsa dancing have captivated audiences across the globe. In the Guinness World Records as the oldest acrobatic salsa dancer in the world, Jones challenges the stigma surrounding aging – stating she doesn’t feel or act her age. And she might be onto something, as research suggests that …

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8 tips for a joyful New Year

2021 has certainly come with its challenges. While it can be easy to focus on the negative, the truth is that we always have a choice, in any given situation. That means it’s up to you whether you’ll focus on the bad and let that bring you down. Or if you’ll make the most out …

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How to stay safe when exercising in the winter

The temperature might be dropping, but that doesn’t mean you should give up exercising in the winter. If you find it easier to leave the house for a morning run when the weather is warm and the sun is shining, you’re far from alone. Once the winter winds arrive, cozying up underneath a comfy blanket …

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Flexible working arrangements in China

As the COVID-19 pandemic abates, flexible working arrangements are here to stay. Talent recruitment and retention have always been a key issue faced by companies based in China. Many companies opt for a flexible schedule, as a result, to attract their staff to stay. Likewise, there has been a trend of flexible employment in local …

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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

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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The latest COVID-19 restrictions in Beijing and Shanghai (updated)

After being subjected to two months of stringent lockdown, starting June 1st, 2022, residents of Shanghai are finally allowed to venture outdoors. At the same time, Beijing continues to roll back on the COVID-19 restrictions. However, with dynamic partial lockdowns in high-risk areas still intact and harsh regulations on public movement, these are undoubtedly the …

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China’s expat tax system: who pays and how does it work?

The expat community in China is constantly growing, owing to the country’s position in the global economy. According to the seventh national population census, the number of foreigners living in China for three or more months increased over the decade to 845,697 (from 593,832). However, Beijing’s plans to reform tax exemptions on foreign employee allowances …

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Presenting Pacific Prime China’s Cost Of International Health Insurance Report 2021-2022

The latest issue of Pacific Prime’s Cost of International Health Insurance (COHI) is here! This year, we take a deep dive into the changing insurance premiums across the world and analyze the various influencing factors. The COHI report helps policyholders and those in the insurance industry understand the average cost of international private medical insurance …

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