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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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…

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

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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.…

Where to Spot The Most Beautiful Plum Blossoms in Nanjing

Reading Time: 2 minutes Without suffering the bone-chilling cold, how could you enjoy smelling the fragrance of plum blossoms?〜Chinese Proverb 不经一番寒彻骨,焉得梅花扑鼻香?   The past few months have been rather overwhelming for me and traveling during Chinese New Year was one of the things I had to do to be able to process my situation and continue with my life here…

5 Tips To Survive Winter In Southern China

Reading Time: 3 minutes Yes, we have heard it too many times before: Winter in the southern part of China sucks. Without central heating anywhere, the cold season can be everybody’s worst nightmare. Especially if you live south of the Yangtze river, the natural “heating border”. But what can you do to make your life more endurable during winter…

How To Get Chinese Fonts For Word

Reading Time: 2 minutes As a learner of Madarin Chinese, being able to write Chinese characters is a huge part of studying. Even though I learned how to actually write Chinese characters with hours and hours of hard practice, most of the communication I am involved with that requires Chinese characters is all digital: on the computer or smartphone.…

5 Reasons You Should Start Drinking Matcha

Reading Time: 3 minutes Have you ever had a “Matcha Latte”? They are super delicious green drinks but what exactly is “matcha”? The answer might astonish you! I’ve started drinking matcha on a daily basis and noticed some positive changes to my body. There are endless advantages of matcha over other beverages such as coffee or regular tea! What…

Do You Suffer From Cultural Fatigue?

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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…

Photo Friday: As Calm As The Ocean

Reading Time: < 1 minute This is the second post for my new “Photo Friday” series! I will be posting one of my favorite shots that I took during travels or living abroad or from my home! Photography is a passion of mine and I also want to share the beautiful moments of life with you! This first photo was taken…

100 Days Left in China – New Plan, New Life

Reading Time: 2 minutes I’ve been thinking about my future a lot lately. Especially since Jeongsu and I got engaged. I changed my “near future” plans. I had planned to stay in Changsha for about 2 years and then take the next step. However, I decided to move on more quickly. In about 100 days, I will be leaving…

5 Must-Have Chinese Apps For Expats in China

Reading Time: 2 minutes I discovered that living in China can be so much easier with the following 5 must-have apps! Shopping, navigation, language or entertainment – these Chinese apps are absolutely essential when living in China and every China expatriat should have them downloaded on their phone! Taobao Taobao is China’s no. 1 online shop where you can buy…

Foodporn in China: The Best Street Food in Beijing

Reading Time: 3 minutes Travel and food go together like peanut butter and jelly. Especially in China, foodies like me and Jeongsu feel like in heaven! During our short trip to Beijing about 2 weeks ago, we went all out and tried the local street food cuisine! Check out the best places to enjoy local Chinese street food and weird…

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