Travel to China

TRAVEL TO CHINA

China is an interesting place. Due to the fact that it’s almost the polar opposite of a Western country, it leaves most travelers feeling intrigued and, sometimes, overwhelmed. With bits of ancient history peeking through the cracks of a more recent and complicated past, everything about this place will force you to question your definition of “normal.”

I lived, worked, and traveled in China for 10 months, unearthing some of the best this bizarre place has to offer. You’ll want to explore everything from the cuisine, to rural towns, to stunning mountain ranges, to major metropolitan cities. Dialects here change frequently from one region to the next, so even a mastery of Manderin or Cantonese will only get you so far. Of course, you won’t want to miss the glorious Great Wall, and if you’re coming in February, you’re in for a real treat–it’s the Chinese New Year.

China Blog Posts

12 Traditional Chinese Foods You've Got to Try

12 Traditional Chinese Foods You've Got to Try

Curious to know what real, traditional Chinese food looks like? This isn't that imitation Chinese you get from the 24-hour buffet around the corner from your apartment. I lived and traveled in China for ten months and got to experience the real deal, local cuisine of the cities and villages. These are 12 of my favorite traditional […]

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Things to Do in Shanghai, China: An Expert's City Guide

Things to Do in Shanghai, China: An Expert's City Guide

20 years ago Shanghai was nothing more than another fishing village in China. In a few short decades, Shanghai has undergone an incredible level of development, and has become a booming metropolis and a financial and commercial center for not only China, but all of Asia. Thankfully, despite its fast paced development, Shanghai has retained a […]

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Almost Going Under the Knife in China and Dodging an $8,000 Medical Bill in Singapore

Almost Going Under the Knife in China and Dodging an $8,000 Medical Bill in Singapore

The needles and probes I could at least understand, but the Vasoline on my belly just didn’t make any sense. I was getting an ultrasound and, had anybody at the hospital spoken English, I would have been able to tell them that I probably wasn’t pregnant. (Update: I wasn’t.) The story of my Chinese ultrasound, […]

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One Year in Asia in Review: 2013 Instagram Recap

One Year in Asia in Review: 2013 Instagram Recap

I've been traveling for almost four years now, and 2013 may have been my most significant year to date. This year brought me to Asia for the first time in my life. It was a whirlwind of eye-opening cultural experiences that have changed the way I see the Western world. During my time in Hong […]

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Shanghai, China for Less than $25 Per Day

Shanghai, China for Less than $25 Per Day

Shanghai is a city of action, not ideas. You won’t spot many traditional Chinese buildings and temples or Buddhist monks here but you will be blown away by stunning skyscrapers and amazing modern architecture. Shanghai is one of the most massive cities in the world which offers exclusive entertainment, nonstop shopping and glamorous food and […]

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12 Hilarious Chinglish Signs in China

Chinese and English are not easily interchangeable. After traveling all over China, I've compiled these photos of some of the funniest signs I've seen. Whether it's just bad Chinglish, typos, or a complete lack of care, these signs are hilarious, especially when you inadvertently stumble upon them while going about your day. If you need […]

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The Delights of Chinese Food: More From the Wangfujing Food Street in Beijing

The Delights of Chinese Food: More From the Wangfujing Food Street in Beijing

On top of the wide variety of of questionable food items China likes to pride itself on, there also exist the hidden gems. I'm not talking about dumplings, fried rice or beef noodles, I'm talking about the other stuff. The food bits that get you really excited because, even after living in China for nine months, you […]

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The Horrors of Chinese Food: Exploring the Wangfujing Food Street in Beijing

The Horrors of Chinese Food: Exploring the Wangfujing Food Street in Beijing

I know. Everybody loves to crack jokes about how the Chinese will eat just about anything, including Scruffy and Po, your Bichon Frise and your British Shorthair. It's true, I've seen dogs hanging in meat markets, pig noses dangling from the walls and a table full of still-moving fish, cut entirely in half (it's fresher […]

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Teaching English in China: The Cutest Kids You've Ever Seen, and How They Changed My Life Forever

Teaching English in China: The Cutest Kids You've Ever Seen, and How They Changed My Life Forever

I didn't have a clue what I was getting myself into… People often ask how I decide where to go, and I usually stumble with my response, as I don't actually have an answer for that. For more than three years, I have been making movements with the universe, sidling from location to location at […]

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