China Expats and Culture Blog

Pierre Cerchiaro

Pierre Cerchiaro is a contributing writer at TutorABC Chinese. He is a French expat working in Taiwan and has had both studying experience in China and Taiwan. He is passionate about the Chinese language and is a foodaholic.

Recent Posts

10 surprising facts you probably don’t know about Chinese schools

Pierre Cerchiaro | November 07, 2019

I spent all of my kindergarten, primary, secondary, and high school years in France. When I went to Mainland China and Taiwan for the first time for my two exchange-student years, I had the chance to meet not only a lot of local students but also many foreign students from all over the world. One thing we loved to do was to learn about each other’s culture and discover how different things can be from a country to another. Something that particularly surprised me is some anecdotes my local friends shared with me about their life at school. So I decided today to share with you 10 facts about Chinese schools that can be kind surprising for westerners.

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Where to Travel in Taiwan? The Best 9 Places for Your Itinerary

Pierre Cerchiaro | October 08, 2019

Planning to travel to Taiwan and need to some inspirations? I can share some ideas!

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Échange universitaire en Chine: 7 bonnes raisons d’y aller

Pierre Cerchiaro | August 05, 2019

Lorsque l’on parle d’échange universitaire à l’étranger, il est vrai que la Chine est loin d’être la destination phare des étudiants francophones. Pourtant, partir étudier en Chine peut être un tremplin pour votre avenir et sans doute une expérience qui restera à jamais gravée dans votre mémoire.

Ayant moi-même étudié une licence et un master LEA anglais-chinois, j’ai eu la chance au cours de mon cursus universitaire de partir dans deux villes sinophones pour effectuer deux années d’échange : une première à Taipei, et une seconde à Chongqing. 

Dans cet article, je parlerai principalement de la vie étudiante en Chine continentale, étant donné que la vie à Taïwan est un peu différente. (Cependant, si vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur la vie étudiante à Taïwan, n’hésitez pas à lire cet article).

Je partage aujourd’hui mon expérience dans l’espoir de convaincre ceux qui hésite encore quant à leur choix de destination, d’envisager la Chine, ce pays fascinant offrant beaucoup de surprises. Voici donc 7 raisons pour lesquelles il est bon d’étudier dans l’Empire du Milieu.

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7 good reasons you should study in China (and why you’ll love it)

Pierre Cerchiaro | August 05, 2019

When talking about studying abroad or going on a student exchange program, China is far from being the flagship destination for English-speaking students. However, going to China for study can be a springboard for your future and probably an experience that will always be etched in your memory.

I had the opportunity during my university studies to go to two Chinese-speaking cities to complete two one-year student exchange programs: one in Taipei and the other in Chongqing. 

In this article, I will focus mainly on student life in mainland China, since life in Taiwan is a little different. (However, if you would like to know more about student life in Taiwan, please read this article.)

I am sharing my experience in the hope of convincing those who are still hesitating about their choice of destination to consider China, a fascinating country with many surprises. So here are seven reasons why it is good to study Chinese in the Middle Kingdom.

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13 Very Surprising Things I Discovered When First Coming to China

Pierre Cerchiaro | June 21, 2019

I was extremely excited the first time I flew to China, even though I somehow didn’t know what to expect once arriving there. My French university sent me to Chongqing for one year, giving me the chance to realize my dream and discover the country I’ve always wanted to live in.

When getting out of Chongqing airport, I quickly made new local friends and decided to follow them blindly to start taking my first steps in the real, authentic, and astonishing Chinese lifestyle. Below is the list of the 13 things that amazed and really surprised me the first time I came here.

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