<thrive_headline click tho-post-10475 tho-test-3>Hiking the Wild Wall: A Real Great Wall Adventure</thrive_headline>

Hiking the Wild Wall: A Real Great Wall Adventure

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.  I huffed and puffed my way up the mountain step by step, slipping and sliding on six-hundred-year-old rubble. Wiping the sweat from my brow as I took a swig of water under the hot sun, I pushed aside the tree-like overgrowth that […]

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 […]

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 […]

My Beautiful Beijing Apartment

My Beautiful Beijing Apartment

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.  I just realized I’ve been living in Beijing for five months and I still haven’t shown you my apartment! At first I was waiting to unpack and decorate… and then I just got lazy. So last weekend I decided to take some […]

This Beijing Life: Month 1

This Beijing Life: Month 1

Since I’ll be moving to Beijing for the next two years, I figured it would be fun to do monthly recap posts talking about the highlights and challenges of my time in China’s bustling capital (or wherever I may be that month). I’ve noticed that the more I travel and the busier I become, the […]

2014: A Crazy Year of Adventure

2014: A Crazy Year of Adventure

As this year comes to a close I can’t help but think back on all of the crazy adventures I’ve had. This time last year I was struggling with my teaching placement in the Chinese countryside, wondering if I would abandon my contract half-way through and go back to America. I was lonely, a little […]