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Medical Evidence Supports Abandoning the Cube

National Geographic released an hour-long documentary titled Stress: Portrait of a Killer. The film follows several scientists as they...

One Month In: The ATC Bar

We’ve had the bar for a month now, and so far things are going well. We’ve made a few changes to the place that we think is...

ATC Abandones the Cube and Opens a Bar

As many of you already know, Mike and I have taken over management of the famous 12SQM bar in Beijing. Once Beijing’s coziest (read:...

Chinese Men Stealing Foreign Chicks

A recent Chinese census found that 118.06 males are born in China to every 100 girls. This statistic hasn’t changed for the past ten...

Scuba lesson 1: Getting PADI certified in Beijing

If you want to get PADI certified, you’ll have to find a certified instructor to teach you the basics of scuba diving. This isn’t easy...

Qingdao: Trip Report

Despite repeated warnings from friends that we’d come back covered in stranger’s vomit, we set out in a group of 12 from Beijing to...

The Water Heater Saga

Well, a few years ago we did a post on the sink saga, which nearly resulted in the death of several repair men who were standing ankle deep...

Scuba Diving in Beijing

A lot of people don’t advise learning to scuba dive in a third world country. It can be a dangerous sport, and saving a few bucks...

The Adventurists Launch New Rally: Lauren Gets Excited Insamnia

The Adventurists are launching a new concept for a rally, this one is so daring, so amazing, so fantastic that once Lauren saw it she...

Qingdao Beer Festival Preview

We’ve been in Beijing for about a year now and that means we’ve met some amazing folks living in China’s capital city....

An Underwater Hutong: Beijing Flooding 2011

The last couple of weeks have been insane. First, it has been raining non-stop in Beijing. This kind of monsoon season hasn’t hit...

Visiting Florida: Your Guide for Great Things to Do

Many people think of Florida as the place to go if you want to escape to theme parks in the blazing hot sun. While the Sunshine State is...

A Beijing Summer by Bike

Summer is in full swing in Beijing, with a heat index that is exhausting and humidity so thick it feels like being water boarded every time...

Into the Cube!

Staplers and colleagues and cubicles – oh my! I recently took a full-time (aka: cube) job in Beijing. Yes, I know what you are...

Beijing Health Check for Work Visa

Getting a visa in China with a company can be a hassle. I spent several months preparing all the documents needed to get my Z visa. To make...

Five Months of Cat Tales

In December, Mike bought me a kitten for Christmas. It died shortly after of FPV. We named him Nixon, after Mike’s favorite...

Spring in Beijing!

Spring has finally arrived in Beijing, and after a long winter in a Chinese siheyuan (a hutong home) we’re ready for the fine weather...

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami — From China

Many of our readers have asked us what the impact of the tsunami and earthquake were on China. The simple answer is that there was little...

Foods You Recognize, Uses For Them That You Don’t

Beijing is a funny place. If you don’t have a sense of humor living here, you simply can’t survive. Some of the funniest things...

Mistresses in China Calling for Legal Rights

Is polygamy coming to China? Thats what some mistresses in the mainland are calling for after the failed ‘Festival of...

Life in a Beijing Hutong – Part II

As many of you know, we moved into a Beijing hutong– a traditional single-story home in a traditional maze of houses that makes up a...

Americans Not Traveling Abroad

There are over 300 million Americans. Less than 30% of them have passports. That means Americans are not traveling abroad. And 50% of those...

Chinese New Year in Beijing

In 2008 we lived in Shanghai and had the amazing opportunity to stay in the city over the Spring Festival (the Chinese lunar New Year)....

Going Green? Why not Go All the Way?

Folks are talking about the environment in a new way. Global warming, greenhouses gasses, Co2 emissions, and our dependency on a depleting...

State of the Union 2011: Opinion

The State of the Union Address was January 25th, 2011, ATC reviews the plans behind President Obama’s speech. Transportation: One...