Hello and 你好 from Dalian, China

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  1. Yesyesloud

    Yesyesloud Active Member

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    Lol, why is that joke?

  2. Cyber-Berserker

    Cyber-Berserker Active Member

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    Thanks for exaggerating my knowledge of computers, but living in China and being Chinese are not the same.;)

    Maybe his parents gave him that name, because he cried very loudly when he was baby.:D
  3. Yesyesloud

    Yesyesloud Active Member

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    Oh, aren't you Chinese? Nice that you clarified that.

    That's a common name in Azerbaijan, a country I love, in which I live but have never been to...
  4. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    I am not trying to make a joke.


    Either you are joking or you have some explaining to do. ;) You live in China, but you are not Chinese o_O. New citizen maybe. Is this a riddle? You should reply back, "I live in China, but I am not Chinese. What am I?" :p. Are you an illegal alien?:)
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    Cyber-Berserker Active Member

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    :D
    I am an immigrant, ex-patriot, outsider, whatever. I reside here to earn a living. You do not want the horrifying details of visa rules.:mad:
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  6. asterisktom

    asterisktom New Member

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    I also live in China and - as you can see from the picture - am not Chinese. I have met several people here, Westerners, who have decided to reside here. I wouldn't be against being a long-term resident myself, if it weren't for some thorny issues, visas being one of them. Foreigners BTW are required to renew their visas every year. This involves leaving the country every year. A headache.
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    asterisktom New Member

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    BTW, getting back to an earlier comment I made on this thread, I'm slowly making progress on introducing Linux (mainly Kylin Ubuntu) to my fellow workers here. When I said that Linux, unlike Apple and Windows, is free to use they had a hard time understanding. Two responses were:
    1. Then how do they make money? and
    2. Then the product must not be good. If it was good it would cost money(!)
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  8. Cyber-Berserker

    Cyber-Berserker Active Member

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    Wrong. It is possible that a few cities or a province or two may have such a rule, but it would be rare. One only needs to leave if one has a tourist or business visa and wants a work visa. For some stupid reason, business and tourist visas cannot be converted into work visas, but a visitor visa can be.:rolleyes: And all rules are actually only guidelines. How strictly the rules must be followed depends on how good or bad an employer's relationship is with the local authorities. With one employer I was able to ignore all of the visa rules. Those people had such a good relationship with the authorities, they did not know what the rules are. Seriously.
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    asterisktom New Member

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    OK, then let me rephrase: This foreigner has had to leave every year. A couple of my fellow teachers did too, but they opted for the visa run to Hong Kong. But I figured that, since I always have loose ends to tie up in the US, I would just go back there for a few months.
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