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What Is IKEA Like In China?

What Is IKEA Like In China?

The Weird Thing About IKEA In China On first glance, Chinese IKEA looked nearly identical to my familiar American stores. Then I noticed something. Every single bed, sofa, sectional, and cozy chair was occupied by someone napping. I hope you know I’m not exaggerating when I say “every […]

Eating Peking Duck In Beijing, China

Eating Peking Duck In Beijing, China

The Dining Experience Eating Peking duck in Beijing is something you’ve got to add to your bucket list! I had seen plenty of bright red ducks hanging from shop windows in San Francisco’s Chinatown, but I had no idea what the actual dining process was like […]

Is China Safe?

Is China Safe?

Is China Safe? Yes. I lived in China for most of 2016. Before we left, I planned for the China I had envisioned my whole life, which was sort of a scary place. The truth is, I didn’t know much about China and most of […]

Finding An Apartment in Beijing Chaoyang

Finding An Apartment in Beijing Chaoyang

Finding An Apartment In Beijing Agency, Or No? My husband and I stayed at a hotel for our first few days in Beijing to bide time. I have to be honest – I wasn’t much help with finding an apartment in Beijing. Eric speaks Chinese, […]

How To Bike In China

How To Bike In China

Step-By-Step Guide To Biking In China Step 1: Acquire a Bike If you’re living in China for a study or teach abroad program, you probably want to get an inexpensive used bicycle. I highly recommend going for one that doesn’t look expensive because it’s less […]

10 Must-Try Chinese Dishes

10 Must-Try Chinese Dishes

I’ve been saving tons of vegan recipes on Pinterest lately to try out in my new kitchen (AHHH!!), but I can’t help but reminisce about what I used to eat while I was living in China. Here is a list of 10 things I think every foodie […]

China Photo Diary

China Photo Diary

My 2016 was spent almost entirely in China. Despite having been back in the US for two months now, I’m still struggling to explain what my year was like. My hope is that this hand crafted photo series will give you a better explanation than words […]

10 (Unexpected) American Things I Miss While In China

10 (Unexpected) American Things I Miss While In China

Of course I miss my friends, family, and dog above all else, but what THINGS do I miss most? I thought for sure it’d be Mexican food and not having to use VPN to access my favorite websites, but I was wrong! Here’s the top 10 […]

How I Keep In Touch From China

How I Keep In Touch From China

Don’t let the Great Firewall keep you from the ones you love! Here’s how I get in contact with friends and family back home in the US while I’m living in China. The Cell Phone Situation Before coming to China, I called T-Mobile and made sure […]

Lazy Girl’s Guide To Mandarin Chinese

Lazy Girl’s Guide To Mandarin Chinese

If you’re looking for a free way to learn survival Chinese language skills without investing too much time, you’re in the right place. The vocab I’ll teach you in this post is especially helpful if you’re headed on a trip to China or Taiwan! Lazy Girl’s Guide To […]