Trying to transfer money out of China is like being repeatedly punched in the gut by banking. Or at least it did for me as the additional fees and restrictions piled up while trying to pay my foreign credit card debt from China. I didn’t like it. Not one bit.
Fortunately, there is a solution, called Swapsy, and no, I don’t work for them. I am just the company’s biggest fan at the moment.
Some cyclists wear simple face masks, while one clever local looked like she was prepared to weld metal as she zipped down the tree-lined streets of the former French Concession. Pollen wafted heavy in the wind, but it takes more than a little allergen to stop Shanghai's cyclists from biking around town, especially on a clear spring afternoon. My eyes itched, but I pedaled my blue and white Hellobike through Shanghai, an eastern metropolis of China, the former "bicycle kingdom."
Painful exchange fees may be a thing of the past for anyone looking to transfer money in or out of China. Microfinance startup Swapsy is disrupting the banking system by making it easier to trade yuan for foreign currencies cheaply and, more importantly, legally.
While a leader with mobile payment systems like WeChat and using QR codes on smartphones, China has yet to produce a cost-effective way to transfer money abroad. China limits how much money both Chinese nationals and foreigner...
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It wasn't immediately clear why this burger restaurant in Beijing was special. Then Danny, the Airbnb host, explained a 1,000-year-old legend of how donkey meat became popular as beasts of burden were captured during a salt smuggling affair. The burger arrived at the table, fried green peppers mixed with actual donkey meat, served on a shao bing, a flaky bread.
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As dozens of adults from around the globe sipped Coronas in a Sanlitun bar, pretending to know the lyrics to some Spanish pop song, I looked around, a bit baffled, asking myself what I was doing there on my first weekend out in Beijing. I had just arrived, but it didn’t even feel like we were in China. So was this what it was like to be an expat? After living out of my own country for ten years, as an American in France, I never really knew.
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I was running the marathon in Lyon and my partner was coming with me. While researching Airbnb options, I messaged a host, telling her that I was coming with a friend — in French, it was clear that it was a male.
She wrote back, innocently enough, “The apartment only has one bed...”
I didn’t read too much into it, but I wasn’t sure how to respond, so I simply said, “Well after the marathon, I’ll be so tired I could sleep on the floor.”
All I needed to say was that we were a couple, ...