China is a land of pagodas and terraced rice-fields...oxen, water buffalo and giant duck-ponds...people in conical hats playing cards and sleeping under shady banyan trees.
Depending on where you go, China could be a tremendously cheap place to live, but you would need to have a pioneering spirit--and also a commitment to learn Chinese.
Population: 1,343,239,923 (July 2012 est.)
Capital City: Beijing
Climate: Extremely diverse; tropical in south to subarctic in north
Time Zone: UTC+8 (13 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Source: CIA World Fact Book
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- Taking Photos of the Great Wall of China…Away from the Tourist Hoards
Posted on January 25, 2013 by J. Keith Howie
Everybody has heard of the Great Wall of China. It was built some 2,000 years ago to protect China from Mongol raiders and at 3,700-miles in length, it’s the longest man-made structure on earth. But while this ancient wonder is familiar to many, most people know little about it.
The bane of cell-phone using travelers, the roaming charge is one of those expenses that can sneak up on you, ruining your happy memories when you get that exorbitant phone bill. Here’s a tip on how to save on these charges in France.
Nine years ago I threw in the towel on a 25-year business career and a six-figure income to go in search of adventure. My life changed forever on September 11, 2001. Friends and business associates died that day. They hadn’t needed more money— they needed more time. Suddenly the savings I was working to accumulate for retirement didn’t seem so important. A year later I was on the road…
Nine years ago I threw in the towel on a 25-year business career and a six-figure income to go in search of adventure. My life changed forever on September 11, 2001. Friends and business associates died that day. They hadn’t needed more money—they needed more time. Suddenly the savings I was working to accumulate for retirement didn’t seem so important.
- Guilin, China: “The Most Picturesque Place on Earth”
Posted on October 18, 2012 by J. Keith Howie
I’ve photographed in over 40 countries but on a recent trip to China, I found what I believe may be the most picturesque place on earth. I was on an extended trip to Asia with my camera, hoping to photograph some of the Mysterious East’s beauty spots. What I found stands firmly in my mind as one of the most exotic and incredible landscapes I have ever seen.
- Visiting the Rice Terraces of China’s Yunnan Province
Posted on October 11, 2012 by Caroline Maryan
“It will just take me a moment,” I say quietly, as I inch past my fellow photographers poised at the edge of the cliff. Their cameras and tripods are already set up. My equipment is still on my back. When I signed up for this trip to see the Yuan Yang Rice Terraces, I envisioned the rice paddies of Bali, built on gentle rolling hills. Now, I’m edging toward a drop-off that freezes me in my tracks.
The renowned Malaysia International Gourmet Festival in Kuala Lumpur runs the whole month of October. Expect a “Theatre of Cuisines” and a “Gourmet Village.” The wonderfully-named Madajazzcar, Madagascar’s leading jazz festival, takes place from October 3 to 15 with performances around the island.
- BRICS: Time to Chase Blue-Chip Emerging-Market Stocks
Posted on August 24, 2012 by Chris Hunter
The best time to buy stocks and other assets is when investors are running scared. I’ve been banging this drum all year—especially when it comes to Europe. I believe the crisis there is about to throw up a genuinely once-in-a-lifetime buying opportunity for contrarian investors.
The instant I saw the ad I knew I was set for a life of adventure. But I never imagined just how far my native language could take me: All the way from leafing through the classifieds section of The Globe & Mail, in Toronto, Canada, to a new life in exotic Hong Kong. In between I picked up teaching posts in Istanbul, Turkey and Seoul, Korea. Both were incredible experiences.
The instant I saw the ad I knew I was set for a life of adventure. But I never imagined just how far my native language could take me: All the way from leaﬁng through the classiﬁeds section of The Globe & Mail, in Toronto, Canada, to a new life in exotic Hong Kong.
It’s probably one of the last places most North Americans would think about investing, but the single best investment you make for the next decade could be to buy Africa. There are important reasons why African stocks are set to richly reward buy-and-hold-style investors. But the main reason is simply this: Africa is where the growth is. The continent’s economy has been growing at about 6% over the last decade. And it is expected to match that pace over the next several years.
I’ve wandered into a spa in Shanghai, China, and managed to arrange a manicure. No English has been spoken. Instead, I relied on the universal sign for a manicure—wiggling my fingers with a smile. Suddenly, my neighbor awakes with a start—he seems surprised to find me here. I’ve come to China to visit a place called Yuanyang.
Throughout this month, the Shanghai International Flower Festival puts exotic ﬂowers and herbs on display. You can see a kaleidoscope of color—rare orchids, chrysanthemums, lotus ﬂowers, plum blossoms—you name it, it’ll be there in full bloom.
- How You Can Profit from China’s Democratic Revolution
Posted on June 27, 2011 by Chris Hunter
I’ll be blunt. I have no time for Communists. Theoretically, Communism is just plain dumb. But on a practical level, it’s even worse.
- The Sneaky Way China Is Hiding Its Soaring Inflation
Posted on February 16, 2011 by Chris Hunter
China is cooking the books on inflation. This is hardly surprising. The Chinese leadership knows too-high inflation has the potential to cause serious social unrest. So it’s doing all it can to convince people that it has inflation under control.
- The Closest Thing to a One-Way Bet You’ll See This Year
Posted on January 27, 2011 by Chris Hunter
We’re on the verge of one of the most extraordinary financial revolutions of our lifetimes. According to HSBC bank’s chief economist, Qu Hongbin, it’s a revolution of “truly epic proportions.” And it’s one that could have major implications for international investors.
- From Communism to Capitalism—The Next Great Leap Forward
Posted on January 26, 2011 by Chris Hunter
One of the biggest trends in the world right now—and potentially one of the most profitable—is the growth of a new middle class outside places where you might not normally imagine middle class people. Places like India, Brazil and China.
- China’s Bombshell Means This Market Will Soar in 2011
Posted on December 26, 2010 by Chris Hunter
China dropped a bombshell this month. Not the kind the North Koreans have been dropping on their neighbors in Yeonpyeong Island. But one that has explosive consequences for investors nevertheless.
- What the Price of Burgers in Beijing Could Do to Your Money
Posted on December 14, 2010 by Chris Hunter
How many times have you heard people talk about the “debate” over inflation and deflation? Ben Bernanke says he’s fighting deflation by printing more money. Something he likes to call “quantitative easing.” (So as the ordinary folks at home don’t start panicking about the value of their dollar savings.)
- This Emerging Market Giant Could Sink Your Portfolio
Posted on November 18, 2010 by Chris Hunter
Over the last 30 years, this country’s economy has increased sixteen-fold. And its standard of living has doubled every 10 years. If this country keeps growing at its current rate, it will account for 40% of the entire planet’s economic output within a decade.
- China Is Running Out of Farmland… Here’s How to Play It
Posted on November 4, 2010 by Chris Hunter
Here at International Living Investor we like big, unstoppable trends. Trends you can profit from year after year…and even decade after decade.
- Why These 1,408 Investing Pros Are Fleeing America
Posted on September 30, 2010 by Chris Hunter
The financial editors at IL Investor have a simple rule when it comes to their research: They only want investment ideas where the odds are stacked in your favor. That’s why they always look for bargain prices in high-growth markets.
Each Thursday we select the best idea from what they’re working on and send it to you.
Here are details from Chris on an investment mistake you may be making…and how to rectify it immediately.
There are just under 7 billion people on the planet today. According to the UN, there will be more than 9 billion people by 2050. That’s over 2 billion more mouths to feed than in 2010. Meanwhile, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization forecasts that world demand for agricultural commodities will jump by 60% over the next 20 years. As food prices rise…so too will the share prices of the world’s top food producing companies.
- Make 20% for 20 Years on the Mother of All Mass Markets
Posted on September 1, 2010 by Rob Marstrand
Inside this inaugural issue we visit the country I know best outside of my native England: China.
- The Cost of Revaluing the Yuan Will Mean Higher Consumer Prices for Americans
Posted on April 6, 2010 by Chris Hunter
One of the big uncertainties in the markets right now is whether China will let its currency, the yuan, rise in value versus the dollar, to which its been pegged since 2008.
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