Linda Goes East

China Geographics

Blonde and Alone in China: Language Learning the Awkward Way

Today’s guest post was written by Emma, a London girl who has been studying International Relations and Mandarin in Hong Kong for the last year as an exchange student. She also writes about her life in Hong Kong and studying Mandarin on her own blog at www.emmawomblingfree.wordpress.com. Be sure to check it out! “My first time travelling […] Read more…

My Favorite Asian Temples I Visited

I have been interested in Asian religion for a long time and ever since I visited my first Buddhist temple in Thailand, I have been fascinated by the joy, wellness, beauty and emotion a temple can broadcast and pass to people. Burning incense sticks and discovering a temple’s different halls is a great experience of an Asian country’s […] Read more…

Traveling China by Bus and Train

China is a country with a variety of sceneries: it has mountains, beaches, lakes, valleys, rivers, deserts, ice and much much more to offer. With its 22 provinces, the country has plenty of tourist attractions and something to offer for everyone. Luckily, China’s infrastructure is getting more and more advanced and more and more cities […] Read more…

Chinese Hair Made Into Bread?

Fact: A common ingredient in breads is derived from human hair harvested in China. If you read the ingredients label on a loaf of bread, you will usually find an ingredient listed there as L-cysteine. This ingredient is a non-essential amino acid which is added to many baked goods as a dough conditioner. This speeds up […] Read more…

And The Winner Is….

Eileen黃愛玲!!! Eileen voted for Shanghai which ended up in first place, too, and won my great giveaway!!! I said Shanghai. No reason. I just voted for the sake of voting. Although, now that I think about it, I should’ve voted for Hangzhou. Hangzhou is beautiful. The city is in proverbs and poetry for a reason. […] Read more…

Vote for Most Attractive Chinese Cities *GIVEAWAY*

Recently, results of the 2012 Amazing China – The Most Attractive Chinese Cities for Foreigners were released, with Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Kunming, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Tianjin, Xiamen and Qingdao listed as the top 10. Now, I want to see what you guys think! Which one is your personal most attractive Chinese city – or your Chinese home town? Vote for your favorite Chinese city and have the chance to win a very unique giveaway item: A love lock from liebesschloss.de! A love lock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a […] Read more…

Foreigners in China: Facts

Most of my readers are Westerners interested or living in China – just like me. This is why I was curious about the actual facts about foreigners in China. What do they do there? Where do they come from? And do they speak Chinese? Luckily, the Chinese government executed a census in 2010 including foreigners […] Read more…

My First Trip to China

I started studying Chinese in October 2010 in Germany. I had a lot of classes per week and was able to improve my skills in a short time. One and a half years later, the moment I was looking forward for years had finally arrived: I was going to China for the first time! My […] Read more…

Guangzhou: Love At First Sight

In October 2010 I started studying Chinese in Germany. Soon after my first class I knew that I wanted to live there after my studies. Since it was clear that I was going to be there during the winter months (October until March), I absolutely did not want to go to Beijing or Shanghai because […] Read more…

Why living in Southern China is healthy(ier)

A few days ago, I came across an interesting article published by the National Geographic which says that burning coal has shortened live expectancy dramatically in Northern China over the past years. According to National Geographic, this process even started decades before when the Chinese government gave away free coal to provinces above the Huai […] Read more…