China Culture Shock #7: Getting Flashed in Taiwan

China Culture Shock #7: Getting Flashed in Taiwan

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, IT’S  CHINA CULTURE SHOCK!  Part of the reason I was interested in moving to China in the first place was to explore a culture completely different from my own. I wanted to experience “culture shock” and challenge myself. I’ve been living in China for over two years now, and I’m still constantly experiencing things that shock me, […]

How to Visit Shanghai on a Budget

How to Visit Shanghai on a Budget

The following is a guest post written by Jess Singet of Tripelio.  China is becoming an ever-more-popular place for travelers, and there’s a clear reason for that: from cities to the countryside, this fascinating country definitely bears exploring. It’s a country that still proudly displays its traditional heritage, even while having a modern edge to […]

The Foods You Need to Try in Shanghai

The Foods You Need to Try in Shanghai

Chinese food is some of the most diverse and flavorful food in the world; however, it can be a bit intimidating to the average traveler. In cosmopolitan Shanghai, you can find food from all over China, along with international cuisines like sushi, burgers, and Korean BBQ. Restaurants and staff are more likely to speak a bit […]

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 […]

China Culture Shock #5: Selfies with Monks

China Culture Shock #5: Selfies with Monks

Welcome to my latest series: China Culture Shock! Part of the reason I was interested in moving to China in the first place was to explore a culture completely different from my own. I wanted to experience “culture shock” and challenge myself. I’ve been living in China for almost two years now, and I’m still constantly experiencing things that […]

China Culture Shock #4: We Don’t Hire Boys

China Culture Shock #4: We Don’t Hire Boys

Welcome to my latest series: China Culture Shock! Part of the reason I was interested in moving to China in the first place was to explore a culture completely different from my own. I wanted to experience “culture shock” and challenge myself. I’ve been living in China for almost two years now, and I’m still constantly experiencing things that […]

I’m a Chinese Beauty Anomaly

I’m a Chinese Beauty Anomaly

Over the last few years, I’ve talked a bit about Chinese beauty standards and how they differ from America and most other “western” countries. Whether it’s skin whitening or the fact that I can be simultaneously fat and beautiful, sometimes it’s hard to wrap my head around the notions of Chinese beauty. As a woman, […]

China Culture Shock #3: The Talent Show Catastrophe

China Culture Shock #3: The Talent Show Catastrophe

Welcome to my latest series: China Culture Shock! Part of the reason I was interested in moving to China in the first place was to explore a culture completely different from my own. I wanted to experience “culture shock” and challenge myself. I’ve been living in China for almost two years now, and I’m still constantly experiencing things that […]

China Culture Shock #2: Driving in China

China Culture Shock #2: Driving in China

Welcome to my latest series: China Culture Shock! Part of the reason I was interested in moving to China in the first place was to experience a culture completely different from my own. I wanted to experience “culture shock” and challenge myself. I’ve been living in China for almost two years now, and I’m still constantly experiencing things that […]