The Best Compact Shanghai Itinerary

Reading Time: 3 minutes Are you traveling to China and want to see as many awesome places as you can in a short time? If so, you probably shouldn’t spend too much time exploring Shanghai, China’s second largest metropolis, and rather invest more time in admiring China’s natural beauties such as the marvelous karst hills in Guilin or the…

A Guide to the Best Things to do in Lijiang Old Town

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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…

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.…

“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…

4 Mistakes To Avoid When In an Intercultural Relationship

Reading Time: 3 minutes Intercultural dating has changed my life completely. After a failed relationship with a Chinese guy, I was able to know what I want in a relationship. When I fell in love with Jeongsu, he and I were able to create a stable functioning relationship, even if it’s long distance. My intercultural relationship with a Korean…

5 Things I’ve Learned From Working In A Chinese Company

Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s been 3 months, since I started working in a Chinese company here in Changsha, Hunan Province. Unlike the “typical” foreigner image in China, I do not teach English but work in the Marketing Department of a Chinese-German company selling computer accessories worldwide. As of now, I am the only foreigner working in the company…

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…

The Pros and Cons of Being a Western Woman in China

Reading Time: 5 minutes Even though there’s already many blog posts about this topic, I would also like to share my personal experience about being a Western women in China. As Sara Jaaksola described in her blog post “Being a Western Woman in China”, there’s not a lot of foreign women living in China, or at least in our Chinese…

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