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Expat Report Review of Access International Academy Ningbo in Ningbo, China by MommaBear was published
Review-of-Access International Academy Ningbo
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The school is shabby and run-down with broken tennis nets and a dumpy classrooms. Only a few team sports offered by rubbish teachers who seem to think it is beneath them. (Continue)
Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: With its huge expat population, expats in Qingdao enjoy numerous expat-oriented social events and local resources. Expats also appreciate the friendly and welcoming to locals, sea view homes in the Laoshan district and Qingdao's international schools. (Continue)
slicks replied most recently with:
We lived in Qingdao for 5 years and loved it! The Chinese are wonderful people, and the variety of foreigners provide great diversity. China is full of wonderful tourist sites, and Qingdao is a good place to settle between trips. Lots of expat activities going on.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Access International Academy in Ningbo, China
Review-of-Access International Academy
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
facilities are average. There are 2 tennis courts, a basketball court and a soccer field and small indoor gymnasium. Classrooms are not that big, neither are they well equipped - no Smartboards or notebooks computers for kids. There is one computer lab with new computers and a small one with obsolete ones. There is no proper iT teacher to manage an IT curriculum. Extra-curricular depends on the whim of the teachers - not very varied and some offer nothing at all. The music program used to be great but is now non-existent with a fake music 'teacher' (Continue)
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AIAN is a dreadful excuse for a school that has had 4 principals in 4 years and a 90% teacher turnover annually. Enrolment has gone down from 160 last year to around 70 this year. The quality of teachers and the program has similarly dropped in quality. There are better schools in Ningbo with proper programs and qualified teachers. The school owners are just money making property developers not educators.
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rockinit replied to the thread China divorce on the China forum:
gorhold initially posted:
My wife lives in China and I was about to move to be with her in retirement but she now does not want a future with me. We married in Australia but can we apply for the divorce in China? Still hoping to retire to Nanning
rockinit replied on January 21, 2015 with:
There's also a new 10 year visa available for US passport holders but I'm not sure of the details, China will require you to leave and re-enter every 60 days if you don't know your schedule and destinations inside China and when you want to come and go from the country.
rockinit replied on January 21, 2015 with:
Hi, hope I'm not too late to help. If she is in China, a Chinese divorce between agreeing partners can be accomplished at City Hall quickly and cheaply with no lawyer. All you need is to sign forms and have your picture taken, you'll get a little red book that documents the divorce. You do not have to be married to stay in China, all you do is get sequential one year tourist visas and provide an address which can be a hotel until you make other arrangements. Divorces are free in Qingdao, and cheap everywhere. You will need your wedding license and should get it notarized by your embassy in Australia or the Australian embassy in China.
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rockinit replied to the thread New Chinese/US Visa Regs on the China forum:
Billy48 initially posted:
If any one here clearly understands the new visa regs between the USA and China I would welcome a chat. the new agreement is being heralded in the USA as something great for citizens of both countries. I rec'd somewhat of an explanation about the new policy from a Chinese visa service. but after that explanaton do not see the benefit to US tourists visitng China. My understanding so far is a tourst may be issued a ten yr visa, meaning for 10 years neednt reapply. however this L Visa oly allows one to stay in the country for 60 days at whcih time you must leave and re-enter. Isnt his what L Visa holders have been doing all along? how has this new law changed anything for the L Visa holder?
rockinit replied on January 21, 2015 with:
Call or go online to, they're the visa agency the government uses and they can answer your questions accurately and get visas quickly. The 60 day thing, as far as I know, is required when you don't provide a complete ininerary for your visit, but call A Briggs, they have offices in DC, Houston, Charlotte, LA, and others. Their website can give you the embassy your visa will be processed at.
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CFTU posted Resolving Employee Disputes As China Expat Foreign Teachers on the China forum on January 20, 2015:
If you decide to work or teach in China, rest assured that you will have at least one argument a month with your employer. This is normal for new arrivals in China. Every month we get about 30 "complaints" from expat teachers in China about their employers but in reality maybe only 5 of the 30 are legitimate gripes. The vast majority are simply misunderstandings due to language barriers, cultural misinterpretations, or lack of communications. Keep in mind that for 5,000 years Chinese culture has programmed their citizens to be "harmonious" and avoid conflicts. Your employer does not want problems with you. They need you and usually want you to be happy. Granted there are exceptions where some unethical employers will try to exploit you, but they are not the majority. The key is to control your temper and not make a public scene. If you can keep calm and cool, you can resolve about 80% of all your gripes with your employer. But there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. This is China and things are done differently here - and "face" is extremely important. This is not your country. You are a guest here and need to adjust to local ways and protocols. There is no BBB, FTC, or Congressmen here to run to when you have issues. Your embassy will NOT get involved in labor issues so don't waste your time nor theirs. You need to be your own diplomat first, and usually that will be sufficient to work things out. Only when you cannot accomplish a mutually-acceptable settlement will we intercede on your behalf. The CFTU offers a free guidebook to "China Labor Relations & Conflict Resolution" and we offer it both to teachers and schools. Send for it by email and it will prepare you for your next argument with your employer, and hopefully you will have less and less "misunderstandings" after reading this free publication. You can request your own free copy at
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