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营改增 ying(
2
) gai(
3
) zeng(
1

replace business tax with value added tax

The term ying gai zeng is an abbreviation for China’s tax reform to replace business tax with value-added tax. Ying stands for ying ye shui (business tax), while zeng stands for zeng zhi shui (value-added tax). Premier Li Keqiang announced that China would replace its business tax with a value-added tax in all sectors in a bid to streamline tax structures and reduce the tax burden in a government work report during the opening meeting of the fourth session of the 12th National People’s Congress on March 5. A pilot program was launched in South China’s Guangdong Province in 2012 从五月一日起,营改增试点范围扩大到建筑业、房地产业、金融业、生活服务业。 Cóng wǔ yuè yī rì qǐ, yíng gǎi zēng shì diǎn fàn wéi kuò dà dào jiàn zhù yè, fáng dì chǎn yè, jīn róng yè, shēng huó fú wù yè. From May 1st onwards, the replacement of business tax with VAT has been extended to such industries as construction, real estate, finance and consumer services.

569 Buzzes


羊妈 yang
2
 ma
1
 

Sheep Moms

Sheep Moms adopt a far more laissezfaire approach to their children’s schooling. The attitude of such women is likened in the Chinese language to herding sheep.

202 Buzzes


颜性恋 yan
2
 xing
4
 lian
4
 

yan (appearance) bisexual

This term describes people who can fall in love with anyone who is beautiful. This term is developed from another Chinese buzzword “颜值”(appearance index).

230 Buzzes


友尽 you
3
 jin
4
 

dudevorce

The word is a combination of dude and divorce, which means a breakup between two friends. The Chinese version means that two best friends end their friendship.

201 Buzzes


拥抱座椅 yong
1
 bao
4
 zuo
4
 yi
3
 

cuddle chair

Want a cuddle, or yongbao in Chinese, when trying to sleep sitting on the seat in a plane? Boeing calls it the “transport vehicle upright sleep support system.” The cuddle chair system involves a backpack that extends from under the seat, on which passengers can rest their face and chest, as if being cuddled by someone with both arms around them.

224 Buzzes


颜值 yan
2
 zhi
2
 

appearance index

The Chinese character yan refers to people’s face, with an extended meaning for the look, or the physical appearance of someone or something. So “appearance index” is a term recently coined to measure the good-looking, or the value of beauty in society. Someone or something that ranks high on the appearance index doesn’t have to look beautiful, but must be at least cool, trendy and decent.

243 Buzzes


云裸照 yun
2
 luo
3
 zhao
4
 

iCloud-leaked steamy pictures

Racy pictures featuring Hollywood celebrities, including A-list actresses, have been leaked through iCloud lately, triggering concerns among the public and business communities over privacy and commercial secrets.

362 Buzzes


夜食症 ye
4
 shi
2
 zheng
4
 

night eating syndrome

The habit of eating shortly before going to bed. It is often caused by work schedules as those finding it impossible to take a meal break are mostly middle-aged or young night shift workers. Some night owls also have this habit.

526 Buzzes


夜淘族 ye
4
 tao
2
 zu
2
 

night online shoppers

Survey results show that more than half of the Chinese people who stay up bargain-hunting online from 11pm to 5am are women.

545 Buzzes


油瘾 you
2
 yin
3
 

fried food addiction

Many Chinese are unable to resist the delights of fried food, though they are well aware of the harmful effects on their health.

530 Buzzes


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