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Why You Should be Choosing Antibiotic & Hormone-free Poultry

Arguably, antibiotics were 20th century medicine’s crowning glory. But today, they are becoming increasingly ineffective in human medicine. So much so in fact that America’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lists antibiotic resistance among its “top concerns.” Read more>>

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Scenic Pit Stops: Highlights Along Hangzhou’s Metro Line 1 HOT


The Hangzhou metro opened in November 2012 and at the moment, only Line 1 is operational. So, what is there to see and do on the newly-launched metro? Let’s take a look at some places of interest along the way. ... Read More>>

Hangzhou’s Top 5 Hostels: Traveling on a Backpacker’s Budget HOT

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Travelling in China is unlike travelling in any other country. One willing to take this challenge on must be open to every experience that comes his or her way. Even more, one must remove all possible barriers that separates you from the true Chinese ...... Read More>>

Welcome to Zheda: A Guided Tour for Yuquan Students HOT

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So you’ve just arrived in beautiful Hangzhou for your term studying abroad at Zhejiang University. You’re tired and a bit overwhelmed by everything around the Yuquan campus and don’t know where to get toilet paper. If you’re anything like I was as a ...... Read More>>

Where to Find English Language Books in Hangzhou HOT

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If, like me, you have exhausted your home supply of English literature and are not yet up to speed on Chinese characters, then finding a good English language book to read is a necessity in this foreign city. Hangzhou is a city famous for its breathtaking ...... Read More>>

Pot Luck: Combating Air Pollution with House Plants in Hangzhou HOT


Air quality and health in China are issues if you plan on living here for an extended period of time. And while Hangzhou’s air quality is excellent compared to many Chinese cities, most foreigners would agree that if they could improve the air quality in ...... Read More>>

Finding an Apartment in Hangzhou HOT


Finding a good apartment is difficult, regardless of where you are. Needless to say, finding a good apartment in a foreign country can be a major headache. Before you even start dealing with the issues that occasionally arise from living anywhere (roommate ...... Read More>>

Getting Beyond the West Lake: Bicycle Routes in Hangzhou HOT

So now that you’ve acquired a bicycle, whether it’s yours or a rental, the question you may have is where do I go with it? The most obvious answer is West Lake. This is what people come to Hangzhou for, and where the vast majority of the bicycle tour ...... Read More>>

Making the Move to Hangzhou? HOT

Although one's first impression of Hangzhou upon arriving at the train station and taking in the main tourist attractions around West Lake is that it's quite a bit like Shanghai, only smaller (and with seemingly worse traffic problems thanks to the absence ...... Read More>>

Landing the right bike in Hangzhou HOT


Buying a bike is one of the best investments you can make it China. First off, biking is a great way to see the city you’re living in. There’s nothing like being a part of the great bicycle swarm that overruns most Chinese cities during morning and evening...... Read More>>

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