How To Mail A Large Package From China To A Foreign Country

Last updated: August 26, 2017 at 20:13 pm
Earlier this year, I mailed myself a large package from China to a foreign country. I have mailed items from China to foreign countries before this time, but never large items. It was a bit of an adventure, but I wanted to share with all of you how to do it, so you can avoid many of the mistakes I made in the process. This post will describe in detail how to mail a package from China to a foreign country.
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Great Ways To Get Started Learning Mandarin Chinese

Last updated: August 26, 2017 at 20:13 pm
The question to how to get started learning Mandarin Chinese is a question that I have been asked in different variations over the last few years. I suppose the answer to the question would be similar to the answer to how to get started learning any language. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet to learning Chinese. We are not yet at a point where you can just put a computer chip into your brain and instantly learn Chinese. Chinese is unique in that you have to learn the characters as well as learn how to listen and speak, so you need to give yourself enough time to learn it. That being said, I believe that the following methods are great ways to get started learning Chinese.
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Mandarinportal.com Is Now A Host For the CC-CEDICT project

I am proud to say that Mandarinportal.com is now one of the hosts for the CC-CEDICT project. CC-CEDICT is one of the best open source Chinese to English dictionaries in the world, and very useful to use. You can download it in many different and convenient formats here. CC-CEDICT is somewhat hard to search initially, but, I will put more information here about how to quickly and efficiently search it soon.

Website Upgrade and Transfer Now Complete

I having finally finished transferring my server from  a shared host  in Ireland to a VPS in Singapore. This upgrade took many many hours, and at times made me want to pull my hair out, but was a great learning experience. Lots of technical things behind the scenes had to work perfectly for the transition to complete. This upgrade has forced me through sheer necessity to get much better at Linux administration very quickly. Using a shared host allows you to have the host hold your hand so to speak, but really limits what you can do. Having a VPS is like having ultimate freedom with regards to the server, but with no one to hold your hand. I might host this site in Ireland again eventually, but for now, I am sticking with my Singapore server. But in any case, I love both Singapore and Ireland, so I am OK with having the server in either country. This upgrade will allow me to do many more interesting things with the site, and allow it to be significantly faster.

Recap since last month

Since, last month, much progress has made on this site. I created signs.mandarinportal.com where interesting Chinese pictures are placed, and chinglish.mandarinportal.com where funny Chinglish pictures will be placed. In addition, mandarinportal.com/gctravelguide has been created, and in the coming weeks, much information about cities and places about Greater China will be placed there. travelblog.mandarinportal.com to be updated soon including lots of travelling that I have done recently, and since last year. Within 2 weeks or so, I will upgrade the server for this website to make it even faster and better.

Feel free to check out all of the recent signs.mandarinportal.com posts below:
//signs.mandarinportal.com/funny-sign-about-no-defecating-peeing-or-smoking-in-an-area-in-hong-kong/
//signs.mandarinportal.com/the-fast-and-the-furious-7-sign-in-chinese/
//signs.mandarinportal.com/hp-ink-in-chinese/
//signs.mandarinportal.com/womens-day-sign-in-china/
//signs.mandarinportal.com/exercise-scam-product-in-china/
//signs.mandarinportal.com/chinese-tom-and-jerry-wound-plasters/
//signs.mandarinportal.com/back-to-school-sign-in-china/
//signs.mandarinportal.com/valentines-day-sign-in-china/
//signs.mandarinportal.com/sign-about-cherishing-your-life/
//signs.mandarinportal.com/chinese-new-year-coca-cola-signs/
//signs.mandarinportal.com/a-chinese-towelie/
//signs.mandarinportal.com/chinese-signs-about-combating-illegal-fund-raising-avoiding-fraud-and-forbidding-gambling/

Feel free to check out all of the recent chinglish.mandarinportal.com posts below:
//chinglish.mandarinportal.com/a-hilarious-chinglish-photo-in-a-restroom-in-hong-kong/
//chinglish.mandarinportal.com/well-never-wound-this-earth/
//chinglish.mandarinportal.com/bread-flavour-bread/

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