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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.
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.
Karsts hills, bamboo rafting, 5-hour cruises, scenic bike routes, hiking trails, and the most beautiful natural scenery you can find across China. What an awesome way to celebrate my 30th birthday in Guilin, China!
Teaching English abroad in China has been an adventure of a lifetime. I’ve taught hundreds of young and passionate ESL learners, experienced new cultures, met people from all walks of life, and explored numerous regions around the world that I had once only known from television and movies.
Why Guangzhou’s Canton Tower Observation Deck is One of the Best Across China That You Need to Visit ASAP
Oh boy, the top of Guangzhou’s Canton Tower is one of the best observation decks I’ve ever visited, period! It was absolutely insane, and if you can bare towering heights, here’s exactly why you should go.
It’s arguably China’s most famous mountain. It's got unforgettable sunrises, beautiful sunsets, lots of lush green forestry, hot springs, and plenty of tourist 'friendly' walking planks perched on the steepest cliffs imaginable. By the way, it's listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is classified as an AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration.
You’ve seen James Cameron's Avatar, right? Remember those cool, floating mountains of Pandora? Well, did you know that they were actually inspired by the mountainous landscape of China’s own Zhangjiajie National Forest? Or how about China's Heaven's Gate? Ever heard of it? It's also in Zhangjiajie, and it's this giant hole in Tianmen Mountain that's big enough for an adrenaline junkie to jump in a wingsuit, drop out of a plane, and fly right through it. Trust me, that's actually happened!
Ah, Spring Festival--the time of Chinese New Year that calls for the world’s biggest annual human migration. Hundreds of millions of people will not only travel far and wide across China to bring in the new year with loved ones, but they'll also set a record number of trips in and out of the country to explore popular tourist destinations.
Ah, Harbin's Snow and Ice Festival. Have you been? It's one of the coolest adventures I've ever been on, and take that literally. Well, not cool, but FREEZING. Into to negatives. Apocalyptic cold. And ... well, you get the picture. And you know what? It was definitely worth it!
Planning on traveling to Harbin? Well, here’s my list of 12 items that you shouldn’t forget to bring when touring one of China’s coldest regions.
Just how do you make Coca-Cola Chicken Wings? Having lived in China for about 4 years now, I’d like to recall one of the most shocking, thought provoking, and life-changing revelations that came to me about a year ago. I found out from my Chinese girlfriend that chicken wings could be flavored by using an ingredient none-other than…. Coca-Cola. “Hal-le-lujah! Hal-le-lujah!” Did you hear the angels singing too?
Electric motorbikes are some of the most convenient forms of transportation around. In China, E-Bikes are any and everywhere. They come in all shapes, sizes, and are of varying power. They are great for short distance travel and, most importantly, for saving money and time. You won’t ever spend to spend big bucks on filling the tank, and you can get-up-and-go anytime you need.
Nearly all cities provide a small lane adjacent to streets for E-Bikes and cyclist, as well as small yellow boxes that serve as charging stations. E-Bikes can also range from anywhere between 1,300 and 4,000rmb, or about $200 to $700, and last several good years or more. Doesn’t that sound great?
Yes, China’s elderly are some of the most active and healthiest senior citizens on this planet. Just how do they maintain their lifestyles?
For one, it’s very common to see grandparents taking an active role in raising their grandchildren. You’ll often catch grandparents walking their grandkids to and from school, helping with household chores (they’ll often live with their son/daughter’s family), assisting with the family business, and preparing dinner for the entire family while still somehow finding the time to go square dancing in the evening! Whew!
Taiwan was one of the first major overseas travel destinations I visited after moving to China to work as an English teacher. I had already made an epic voyage to Hong Kong—my favorite travel destination in Southeast Asia thus far—and Macau, and though I didn’t know much about ‘China’s 23rd province’, all it took was a photo of Taiwan’s infamous Taipei 101 building to have me racing to book my next 3-day adventure.