"My employer has changed my contract. What do I do?"
"Where can I buy a _____ ?"
"I need help with _____ ?"
"Where is the Foreign Affairs Bureau?"
Many of us have encountered one of the above questions before. We have all struggled at some point with employers who have changed our contracts, not paid us, refused to fulfill contractual obligations, etc., all the while telling us that we had to follow the contract to the letter, but since this was China, and we were guests, they didn't have to.
We have all struggled with trying to find something of the niceties of home, whether it be a bottle of olives, or a box of Kraft Dinner.
Sometimes, we run across somebody who is trying to learn Tai Qi, but their Chinese is minimal, and they want a teacher who can speak English, or a friend trying to find a martial arts club.
This survival guide is geared towards people who are new to Changchun, and China, but I'd like it to also be a reference guide for everybody.
If you have ever had a contract dispute, please tell us what it was, and how you managed to solve the problem (hopefully in a diplomatic way). If you have ever come across a product from home in some out-of-the-way, obscure store somewhere, let us know what it was and where the shop is/was.
Let us know about gyms, clubs, etc. which have English speaking employees, or taxi drivers who can speak English.
Anything and everything which helped to make your stay in Changchun and China that little bit better, or that solved a problem you were having, we want to know about it.
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