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Well, well, well, if it ain’t Shanghai, China’s most populous city. It’s home to some 24 million people--registered, that is—spread out over 3,900 sq. meters (1,500 sq. miles) of beautiful, organized chaos.
You're in China, there's a holiday fast approaching, and you have zero clue as to where to spend your next vacation. Shanghai or Beijing? Nope, you've either been before or feel very keen on exploring some offbeat tourist hub you've probably never even heard of. Here's my list of 30+ top things to do and places to visit in China that aren't Shanghai or Beijing.
It's holiday time in China, you're in Shanghai, and looking for the best attractions and places to visit nearby. I know—you haven't got a clue about where to go, what to see, or what to do. Here's my list of 10+ top things to do and places to see near Shanghai:
Ok, ok, so you’re in search of an English teaching job in China and have not a single clue as to where to look. Or, you know to hit up the notorious Dave’s ESL Café, but is that really the best website to find English teaching jobs in the country?
There's just something about China and statues that just goes hand in hand. They're everywhere--from small, 10-meter tall molds of prominent Chinese nationals in busy downtown areas to larger-than-life sculptures of religious deities perched on rural mountainsides and tourist beaches. They're eye-catching, they're symbolic, and as I've come to discover, worth every penny of the adventure you'll take just to see them. Here are the 10+ coolest statues in China you need to see ASAP:
"So, what's some hot trends, cool technology, and awesome products coming out of China?" Heck, it's like clockwork. As an expat in China for 6 years and counting, it's just one of those questions I've come to expect whenever I speak with people from back home.
It was peaceful for a while. Not zen-like, but the type of quiet you feel grateful for, especially when your heart is racing cause you’re in a rush to get somewhere.
So, let’s say you’re stuck in Xi’an. You’ve missed your 7-hour train to Shanghai because you miscalculated just how much traffic there’d be on your way to the railway station in the morning, and every remaining train throughout the day is sold-out. Shit.
15+ Best Cultural Experiences & Activities in China to Show Off to Your Family & Friends When They Visit
So, you're living in China and have got some friends, family, or a boyfriend/girlfriend coming to visit. You know all the hot tourist hotspots, restaurants, bars, and clubs to hit, but what about actually showing off something, you know, cultural? After all, 'this is China'—a country brimming with more than 5,000 years of history and traditions. Here's my list of 15+ best cultural experiences and activities in China to show off to your family and friends when they come visit.
You ever been to a wedding in China? They sure are a cultural spectacle, especially to an expat living and working in the country. I’ve been fortunate to have attended 6 weddings over the years that have included marriage between Chinese locals and Chinese with foreigners. I haven't experienced all types of weddings in the country, but here’s a good look at what you can expect:
Dear China, for once could you please hold the ‘Méiyŏu?’ It seems just about every week that I, an American expat teaching English in China for the past 6 years, stumble upon what seems like one of the country's cruelest ongoing jokes: ‘Méiyŏu-gate'.
A guy once tried to stab me in China—Shanghai, to be specific. No kidding, he pulled out a pocketknife and made multiple swings towards my head. And in all honestly, it was partly my fault.
Ah, Chinese food--you just got a love it! It's tasty, it's colorful, it's healthy, it's jam-packed with a variety of aromas, and it heavily incorporates influences of China's longstanding history, culture, and traditions.
After nearly 6 years of living in China, I can't believe that I've just finally gotten around to spending at least thirty minutes to an hour each day exercising. Well, sort of.
Thinking of teaching English in China but aren't sure about which city is the right place for you to live and work in? Well, check out my list of the 15 most popular cities to teach English in while in China.
So, you’re considering teaching English abroad. You’ve thought about moving to popular regions in South Asia like South Korea, Thailand and Japan, but you’re not sure about which is the best place for you. And low and behold, you’ve skipped over one of the most exciting major players in the region: What about becoming an ESL teacher in China?
Moving to China, or any country for that matter, and adjusting to cultural differences can be a very daunting process if you're not well prepared for the significant changes of lifestyle that lie ahead. To help make your journey as smooooth as possible, here's my list of 15+ things to know & watch out for before moving to China.
Hands down, the best list of popular attractions and top things to do in the Pudong District of Shanghai, by an expat whose actually lived there!
An E-Bike, or electric scooter, is one of the most popular forms of transportation on the road in China. Everyone's got one, including expats. With that, E-Bikes are hot items for thieves to prey upon, and if you've failed to take the proper steps to secure your ride, you can guarantee that it'll end up in someone else’s hands in the blink of an eye. And hey, that's from my own experience! Here are 5 ways you can protect your scooter/E-Bike in China.
China can be a very DANGEROUS place when it comes to road safety. In a population of over 1.3 billion people with access to bicycles, cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses, and scooters, it’s not uncommon to find DROVES of individuals driving recklessly, breaking traffic laws, and putting lives at risk just to get ahead on traffic. And yeah, that includes foreigners too!
Planning on moving to Shanghai, China? Well, before you take that giant leap make sure to check out my list of 15 important things you should do after moving to Shanghai. Here goes …
A list of 10+ popular and resourceful WeChat Official Subscription Accounts that every expat in Shanghai, China should subscribe to.
WeChat’s Official Subscription Accounts are great tools for staying up-to-date with the latest current affairs, jobs, editorials, entertainment, events, and business information not just across China, but also around the world. Here’s a list of 20+ Wechat Official Subscription Accounts you should follow:
"Woop-Woop. That's the sound of the police!" A foreigner getting a traffic ticket in Shanghai, who'd a thought? Yep, it's happened to me just twice since moving to the big city at the start of 2016.
I can’t help but reminisce on all of the good, the bad, and ugly experiences I’ve have during my time in China. Seriously, it’s been one hell of an adventure over the past 4 years.