China Travel Guide

Is Hong Kong Part Of China?

Is Hong Kong Part Of China?

Technically, Yes Ready for a watered down version of Hong Kong history? Here we go. Back when China was ruled by various dynasties, Hong Kong was, for the most part, governed by China. Then, in the 13th century, the Mongols established power in Hong Kong […]

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 […]

20 China Travel Hacks

20 China Travel Hacks

I’m not going to sugar coat it, China is a little intimidating for first-time visitors. But don’t worry! I’m here to give you all my top China travel hacks! In case you’re new, I spent most of 2016 living in China, writing blog posts, and making […]

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, […]

Ultimate Guide To Using VPN In China

Ultimate Guide To Using VPN In China

Before we moved to China, my husband told me we would be using VPN to get around the infamous Great Firewall. My first reaction was “Isn’t that illegal?!” I’m still not 100% sure how to answer that question, but fast forward to just a few […]

Beijing vs Shanghai

Beijing vs Shanghai

Overall Vibe Quick Disclaimer: My time in Shanghai was limited to quick trips, but I actually lived in Beijing for about 4 months. Beijing The city of Beijing is massive! It’s spread out over an area of 6,000 sq miles and houses an estimated 21.7 […]

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 […]