The Best Way to Learn Chinese

The Best Way to Learn Chinese

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.  I recently sent out a survey asking what people were MOST worried about when it comes to traveling in China. I have to say, I wasn’t too surprised when I saw the number one response: “I’m worried about the language barrier” “How […]

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 […]

The Best VPN for China

The Best VPN for China

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info.  So you’re heading to China. You’ve heard about the internet censorship, and you know there are ways around it. But what exactly is blocked? Are there ways around it? What is a VPN and how does it work??! Don’t worry. I’ve been living […]

That Time I Got Arrested in China

That Time I Got Arrested in China

I know what you’re thinking. Richelle? Arrested?! What could I have possibly done to get arrested? Well, not only was I detained by the police, I was also scammed out of $45 too. I know I’ve been alluding to this story in my past monthly recaps, and I’ve been getting a lot of crap from […]

Why You Definitely Need a VPN

Why You Definitely Need a VPN

HEADS UP: A lot has changed in the last two years, so I’ve created a bigger, better and more detailed guide to the best VPNs for China! I’ve been getting a lot of questions about this whole VPN thing. I talk about Chinese internet censorship and my VPN all the time, but I never quite […]

How to Book Train Tickets in China

How to Book Train Tickets in China

Traveling by train is my favorite way to get around China. It’s cheap, convenient and perfect for the budget traveler. Whether it’s a high speed train from Beijing to Shanghai, or a 24-hour overnight train from Shenzhen to Chengdu, I almost always choose the train over a plane. Why Chinese Trains are Awesome China is […]

How to Avoid the Crowds in China

How to Avoid the Crowds in China

China is a really, really, really crowded place. There, I said it. It’s crowded. With 1.3 billion people and counting, there’s a reason (however controversial) the One Child Policy is in place. China’s largest cities are called “mega-cities” with tens of millions of people. For example, Shanghai has over 20 million people. Twenty million! China’s crowds […]

A Quick Guide to Mandarin Chinese

A Quick Guide to Mandarin Chinese

So you’re planning a trip to China, or you just got a job teaching English, or you’re interning in Shanghai; Whatever the reason, you want to know a few Chinese phrases. I’m a huge proponent of attempting to learn some of the local language wherever you go. Not only is it easier to get around, […]