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How to Travel in China Without Speaking Chinese

I’ve noticed that many people tend to be worried about visiting China without speaking Chinese. Unlike Thailand where everyone speaks English, China is a bit harder to traverse without speaking the language. A few weeks ago I wrote a Quick Guide to Mandarin Chinese, where I gave you all a few phrases to practice before […]

This Beijing Life: Month 19

This Beijing Life: Month 19

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.  I’ve noticed that the more I travel and the busier I become, the more impossible it becomes to keep up with my travels in real-time. Well, never fear monthly recap posts are here! Well… April is almost half over, but it doesn’t matter. This […]

10 Things You Have to Do in Xi’an

10 Things You Have to Do in Xi’an

I’ve been living in China for about four years now, and I couldn’t help but notice that most China travel itineraries are always the same: Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong… or maybe Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi’an. If by some miracle Xi’an is included, most people stop by for a maximum of two days, see the […]

How to Shop in the US From Anywhere in The World

How to Shop in the US From Anywhere in The World

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.  Growing up in the US, I had no idea how good we have it. Crazy deals on designer clothes at Macy’s. Incredible prices on electronics at Best Buy. All those cool monthly subscription boxes that only ship to the US. The US […]

Win a Free Beijing Staycation With UnTour!

Win a Free Beijing Staycation With UnTour!

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.  Living in China can be stressful. On a daily basis you’re surrounded by honking horns, crowded subways, long work weeks, and if you’re like me, you may also have five roommates. After a long week of work, wouldn’t it be nice to […]

A Tipsy Tuktuk Food Adventure in Beijing’s Hutongs

A Tipsy Tuktuk Food Adventure in Beijing’s Hutongs

Do you love local food, hidden alleys, and craft beer? Well, those are three of my absolute favorite things. Living in Beijing’s hutongs for over 1.5 years, I love spending my weekends wandering the winding alleyway streets, trying new local restaurants or relaxing at a brewery or hidden cocktail bar. But I’ll admit that I’ve […]

Exploring Beijing’s Hip Hutongs With Context Tours

Exploring Beijing’s Hip Hutongs With Context Tours

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.  Having lived in Beijing’s hutongs for over a year now, I think it’s safe to say I’m a little obsessed. Wandering the bustling stone alleyways in spring, watching locals play Chinese chess in the street. Exploring hidden restaurants and bars. Taking my […]

Xi’an’s Ancient Incredible Terracotta Warriors

Xi’an’s Ancient Incredible Terracotta Warriors

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info. Feature and Pinterest image by Edward Stojakovic CC BY 2.0 Six years ago I sat in my college archaeology class, staring at a large photo illuminated by a powerpoint projector. The photograph contained row upon row of Chinese military men, standing in perfect unison: […]

Eat Like a Local in Beijing’s Hutongs with UnTour

Eat Like a Local in Beijing’s Hutongs with UnTour

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.  I love Chinese food: steamed dumplings, fiery Sichuan, hearty Peking duck, cheap jianbing pancakes… you name it! But for some reason, I always hear horror stories of people who visit China and hate the food. What is this? This isn’t the Chinese […]