Caring for China’s Smog Dogs


SICHUAN, Southwest China — When Li Xiaolu adopted two puppies last summer, she worried about how to train them, where to buy them the right food, and whether the two would get along. What she didn’t worry about was how badly they would be affected by smog. Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, is often described as the home not only of giant pandas, but also … Continue reading Caring for China’s Smog Dogs

China’s Year-end Bonus Game Has Just Started


The end of the year is approaching. This means that Chinese employees start to look forward to their annual year-end bonuses (年终奖). It is a tradition in China that can be both stressful and pleasant for full-time workers: is the boss finally giving out that promised bonus, or do they have to wait another season? The year-end bonus became a hot topic on Sina Weibo … Continue reading China’s Year-end Bonus Game Has Just Started

Tipping is not the Only Way to Improve Service Quality in Shanghai


I went to a steakhouse on Nanjing road (city center of Shanghai) with one of my American friends the other day. It’s a fancy restaurant which charges 488 RMB ($78) for a meal set per person. The environment was elegant and the food was tasty. It stands to reason that we expected decent service. Unfortunately, the waiter still gave us one menu to share, like … Continue reading Tipping is not the Only Way to Improve Service Quality in Shanghai