Linda Goes East

Chinese Culture

How I Built a Relationship with My Chinese Mother-in-Law

Today’s guest post was written by Jocelyn Eikenburg from Speaking of China. She’s an experienced blogger and writer and has written pieces for the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post. When I traveled Hangzhou during Chinese New Year 2015, she and her husband even found time to meet up with me and have dinner together. She’s […] Read more…

5 MUST-DOs in Nanjing

The city of Nanjing has always been far up on my travel bucket list in China. Especially its history had intrigued me since the city was the capital of numerous dynasties and was even named “the capital of the world” during the Tang Dynasty, when China was an extremely wealth empire with a high standard […] Read more…

Do You Suffer From Cultural Fatigue?

Cultural fatigue can be defined as a state of being where the small, adverse intricate of the culture begin to bother you out of reasonable proportion after living in another country for an extended amount of time. – Vagabond Journey The recent article published on Vagabondjourney.com on “What is Cultural Fatigue” inspired me to write this post because […] Read more…

Chinese Vocab and Expressions: 剩女

Today’s Chinese word is 剩女 (shèng nǚ). 剩 (shèng): to be left over (eg. 剩下的 – shèngxià de – that which has been left over) 女(nǚ): female (eg. 女孩子 – nǚháizi – girl) “剩女必看:拥有10种特质,男人绝对娶你回家“ “shèngnǚ bìkān: yōngyǒu 10 zhǒng tèzhì, nánrén juéduì qǔ nǐ huíjiā” “Leftover girls must read this: If you have these 10 characteristics, guys will definitely marry […] Read more…

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…

Differences Between China and Korea

Now that I’m only a few weeks away from going back to Korea to visit my boyfriend Jeongsu, I started thinking about some major differences between China and South Korea. Even though they are both Asian countries and located pretty close to each other, you would think the two countries must be pretty similar. Indeed, […] Read more…

一个洋妞在中国的各种狗血经历

I am so happy to introduce my first Chinese blog post! It’s a translated version of “The Pros and Cons of Being a Western Woman in China“, which I published September 22, 2013. I’d like to thank my loyal reader and friend Liam for translating it into Chinese. 虽然有很多关于此类话题的博客,但是我仍然想分享我在中国的各种狗血经历。 就像 Sara Jaaksola的博客““Being a Western Woman in China”写的那样,并没有很多西方女性生活在中国,至少来说,我的第二故乡广州是这样的。 […] Read more…

Strawberry Music Festival 草莓音乐节:My First Chinese Music Festival

Right after I came back from my trip to Korea, it was finally here: Changsha’s Strawberry Music Festival. The festival was on the weekend of July 5&6 presenting different Chinese/Hongkongese/Taiwanese as well as foreign artists. One of the main acts was one of my favorite Chinese bands 逃跑计划 (táo páo jì huá) or, in English, Escape Plan. I’d […] Read more…