China Travel for Beginners: How To Book a China Tour Package

Reading Time: 5 minutes Are you eager to find out how a discounted China tour package can introduce you to China? One of the biggest reasons it’s so hard to travel China independently is the language barrier. The vast majority of people in China do not speak English and taking intensive Mandarin lessons to be able to read Chinese…

The Safest Countries For Solo Female Travelers

Reading Time: 4 minutes In this awesome post collaboration, some of the best female travel bloggers are sharing their experiences traveling solo. Before I became a seasoned traveler, I wasn’t sure which places were safe for solo female travelers. That’s why I put together this list with many other awesome girl bloggers who love to travel the world. Are you…

The Best Of Old Town Dali in a Day

Reading Time: 3 minutes When traveling in Yunnan, China’s beautiful Southwestern province, be sure to stop by Dali. The most interesting part of the city is Dali Ancient Town, built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It’s a beautiful old town city centre with local shops, restaurants, temples, towers and city wall. If you don’t have as much time to…

The Best 48 Hours Spent Exploring Kunming, China

Reading Time: 2 minutes Yunnan is said to be one of the most beautiful provinces in China. It’s capital Kunming, nicknamed “City of Eternal Spring”, doesn’t disappoint when it comes to traveling. I spent 2 weeks traveling Yunnan in summer 2015 and started out exploring Kunming due to the convenient location and transport connections by plane, bus and train. I…

5 Things I’ve Learned From Teaching English In China

Reading Time: 4 minutes Even though I never imagined myself to become an ESL teacher, I slipped into it and am really happy with the experience. I enjoy teaching and improving the future of my students. Teaching in a foreign country is a great opportunity to learn more about the culture and the way people think in the country.…

My Year 2014 in Pictures

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“Your Face Is So Small!” And Other Weird Compliments

Reading Time: 3 minutes The other day, I decided to be social and went to a “Chinese Corner”, a meet-up for locals and foreigners to meet and engage in conversations. It was really fun! There were lots of people there and we got divided into beginners, intermediate and advanced according to our Chinese language skills. I ended up in…

Back in Time: Korea 100 Years Ago

Reading Time: 3 minutes A few months back I posted a series of photos about China in the 1800s and 1900s. I am a huge photography and history fan and so I decided to do the same thing with photos from Korea! Korea has a very interesting history and undergone a huge transformation: the Korean Ware, separation between North…

Polyglot Learning: Similar Words in Chinese and Korean

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Complete Guide to Fenghuang Ancient Town in China

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Differences Between China and Korea

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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,…

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival: Munching on Mooncakes!

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Guest Post: My Same-Sex Marriage To A Chinese Man

Reading Time: 4 minutes I am so happy to feature this guest post about same-sex marriage between an American and Chinese national. Previously, I wrote about the LGBT scene in China because I think it is of great importance in Today’s China. I hope you enjoy this post as much as I did!  “Its amazing how your expectations of…

Chinese Words That Should Be Used in Other Languages As Well

Reading Time: 3 minutes Since I moved back to China, my Chinese has gotten better and better. Being the only foreigner in my company and almost only hanging out with Chinese people made me speak the language on a different level than before. When I speak English or German again, though, I sometimes like to use certain Chinese words…

Why You Should Move To A New City Where You Don’t Know A Single Soul

Reading Time: 6 minutes A while ago, I read an article published by Elite Daily called “Why You Should Move To A New City Where You Don’t Know A Single Soul”. The title seemed very intriguing and spoke to me. I had just, again, moved to a place I didn’t know anyone a few months ago and wanted to…

Chinese Tea Culture 中国茶文化

Reading Time: 5 minutes   I love drinking tea. China has a tea culture of thousands of years. According to legend, tea was first discovered by the Chinese emperor and herbalist, whose name was Shennong in 2737 BCE. The nobility considered the consumption of good tea as a mark of their Status and scholars hailed the brew as a…

Chinese Hair Made Into Bread?

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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…

10 Reasons Why I Love China

Reading Time: 3 minutes A lot of people I met during my time here in the US ask me what I want to do when I am graduating in March and when I say I am going back to live in China some of them ask why. That’s why I decided to write a post about my top 10…

The Hardest Chinese Characters 最难写的汉字

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Heyuan: One of China’s Hidden Treasures

Reading Time: 4 minutes Since China is such a huge country, there are thousands of unique places to travel to. From the big cultural sights in Beijing and Xi’an over great landscape in Guilin and Yangshuo to developed metropoles like Shenzhen: The Middle Kingdom offers something for everyone. However, there is one place that unites culture, landscape and city…

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