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‘First’ Flight: Aviation, Air Defense, Space Exploration & More on Display at China’s 2018 Zhuhai Air Show
I just might be the luckiest expat in China. After all, over the past 7 years I’ve had the most incredible experiences that I never could have imagined before stepping foot in the country. And truth be told, many of them—scratch that, the majority of them, have actually been ‘first’.
Ah, Chinese lantern festivals. Sure, you've seen snippets of them in movies, brochures, websites, and may have even visited one or two in your hometown, but have you actually caught one in China? Trust me, they're a million times more of a spectacle on the Mainland than anywhere in the world. Here's what you need to know and can expect at Chinese lantern festivals:
China's 'ugliest' building actually ain't that bad. Ever heard of it? Of course you have! Heck, that's why you're here. It's the Beijing Tianzi Hotel, or Emperor Hotel, and it's located in Langfang, China. Here are some tips and how you get to it:
It’s been dubbed China’s ugliest building. Actually, it’s been credited as one of the ugliest buildings in the world. It’s China’s Emperor Building, or as it’s best known, the Beijing Tianzi Hotel. And truth be told, it ain’t that bad.
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.
Puzhehei—beautiful, just ... beautiful. Ever heard of it? It’s not exactly one of China’s top destinations to explore, but truth be told, it should be.
The people of Wenshan are so nice! Well, at least at the airport. It was 7:30pm. I had just landed in Wenshan via an hour-long flight from Kunming Changshui Airport.
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.
Heading to Shilin Stone Forest Park? Well, here’s the best way to get to Shilin Stone Forest Park from Kunming.
It’s the gambling capital of the world, and nope, it ain’t Las Vegas. It’s Macau—special administrative region of China, neighbor to Hong Kong, and it’s outpaced Vegas’ annual gambling revenue by as much as 7 times. And yep, I’ve been!
Oh boy, Hong Kong—have you been? It’s been one of my favorite travel destinations ever since I packed my bags, moved to China to work as an ESL teacher, and began my trek across East Asia. I first fell in love with Hong Kong during my initial 4-day visit back in 2012, and since then I’ve returned nearly several more times on solo trips and with family and friends. Here’s my list of 15+ reasons why I love Hong Kong and why you need to visit ASAP.
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.
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 …
It's only been two days, but I still can't believe that I caught my first ever space rocket launch--the Long March 5--in China, my home of the past six and a half years. And boy was it one hell of an experience!
Why Touring Inner Mongolia’s Xilamuren Grasslands & Xiangshawan Desert Turned Out to Be One of My Most EPIC Adventures in China!
Yurts, grasslands, folk wrestling, camels, and dune buggies? Yep, it happened. I finally, finally, finally, got the chance to tour Inner Mongolia--Hohhot to be exact. That's right, it was 2017's Labor Day holiday in China, and having already hit many of the country’s top destinations over the past 5 and 1/2 years, I figure'd it was finally time to cross Inner Mongolia off of the bucket list. And guess what? It turned out to be one of my best China adventures yet!
My trip to Hohhot, Inner Mongolia--ah, definitely a top 5 travel adventure in China! I visited for 4 days in June 2017 during China's Labor Day holiday as a solo traveler and made sure to take plenty of notes.
Ah, China's Rainbow Mountains. Have you been? Well then, are you looking to go!? Here's a breakdown of how to get to Danxia Geological Park, aka Rainbow Mountains, in Zhangye!
How to Get to the Five-Hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) in Pingtang, Guizhou, China
I did it! I visited the Five-Hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) in Pingtang, Guizhou, China. Are you looking to go? Well, here's how to get to it:
I can't believe it. I've officially laid eyes on one of the coolest pieces of homegrown technology China has to offer: Guizhou's Five-Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, known as FAST. Ever heard of it?
Live in China long enough and you'll discover it's home to some of the best statues across the world. There's everything from towering Buddhist sculptures to larger-than-life monuments of iconic presidents in Chinese history.
A list of 10+ popular and resourceful WeChat Official Subscription Accounts that every expat in Shanghai, China should subscribe to.