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 Chinese […]

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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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20 Killer Photos of Hong Kong

20 Killer Photos of Hong Kong

In summer 2013, I spent six full days in Hong Kong exploring the ins and outs of one of Asia’s greatest cities. As I’ve been dreaming about Hong Kong since my childhood days of watching Cantonese films, I was able to tick it off my bucket list and capture these pictures on the Olympus EP-3. 1) […]

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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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The chaotic streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City: A Chaotic City of Colors and Contrasts

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is one of the most chaotic and contrasting places in the world. With a difficult past, yet bright hopes for the future, the people of Ho Chi Minh are some of the strongest and most humble I’ve ever encountered. Incense drifts from the temples of Ho Chi Minh City, floating from ancient […]

Birds' eye view of Bangkok

6 Classic Mistakes to Avoid on Your First Visit to Bangkok

Bangkok is a city like no other. Whether you love it or hate it, you’re bound to make a few mistakes when you first visit—I sure did. If you’re new to Bangkok, these are six mistakes you don’t want to make. Sputtering tuk-tuks, the chaotic bustle of the night markets, finger-licking street food, Buddhist temples of […]

Facing Your Fears: 7 Things to Do in Thailand That Will Push Your Limits

Facing Your Fears: 7 Things to Do in Thailand That Will Push Your Limits

Thailand has adventure at every bend. From rock climbing without ropes to scuba diving without a tank, there is no shortage of adventurous things to do in Thailand that will push you to your very limits. Ten years ago my mother offered to take me on a holiday to Australia. That’s a hell of an offer, […]

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Volunteering in Cambodia: When Second Chances Change the World

I spent eight days volunteering in Cambodia with Hands on Journeys. Voluntourism is a difficult topic to address, but if it’s done in a sustainable and responsible way it can make a big difference. We might even be able to change the world, one village at a time. When Simla Sooboodoo snapped out of it, […]

The Ultimate Travel Guide for Tokyo, Japan

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Tokyo, Japan

Everybody should include Tokyo, Japan in their travel itinerary. Why? Apart from being the largest city in Japan, Tokyo is also considered as one of the most populous metropolitan centers in the world. Because of Tokyo’s immense land area as well as its huge populace, the city offers almost everything in terms of tourist attractions, […]

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 Chinese […]

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