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Have you ever wanted to know more about the REAL China? Or find out real information about coming to visit, work or god forbid, live in this crazy country?
This blog is for anybody who is interested in coming to visit, work or live in China. Written by an expat, for expats, and to any expats who are eager to join us. An real, non-BS, straight up, advice/culture/answer blog, if you will.
I’ve seen a lot of English Blogs focusing on China, and most of them belong to 4 categories:
- Travel Journals filled with personal references and colourful/shocking pictures/commentary.
- Vitriol filled expat blogs venting frustration, injustices, etc, that they have suffered/witnessed here.
- Political blogs filled with things too onerous to mention.
- Life Journal type life blogs filled with personal stories, observations, and experiences living here.
They are great and very interesting to read, but personally I didn’t find them very useful when I was looking for information concerning China.
A lot of Chinese expats and I shared a very similar and painful struggle trying to adapt to China. China is an experience. An experience that in its totality overwhelms even the most strong willed among us. “War” stories are usually shared among old Chinese expats with a cynical smirk or a bitter laugh.
So, China can be tough(especially if you don’t speak Chinese). But that doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy it. For those brave, adventurous, curious, and fascinated about this magical kingdom, I hope I can be of a slight service using this little blog.
No amount of hand-holding (least you go with a tour group in prepackaged tours) will prepare you 100% for China. China always throws a curve ball despite your best plans. But I hope that if you are armed with the right skills/advice/knowledge, you can at least be somewhat forewarned (prepared) when things go awry, and even then, know what to do in/how to handle such situations. And like me, you can find humour and a little bit of understanding amongst the whacked out things this crazy country has to offer.
To start you off, if you have never been here:
For those coming to work/or are interested in working in China:
Ever wondered about Chinese food IN China?
For Visa questions, there is a lot of info online, so I won’t repeat myself too much.
Just taking a visit to Beijing?
Welcome to my Blog!
Feel Free to ask any practical questions about living and working in China, and please share your opinions, blogs, advice and etc about China with me! Helpful advice and personal experience are always welcome.
Addendum: All of the personally written posts are copyrighted by me (unless otherwise noted), please credit me or link to the original posts here when you share or post anything written in this blog. Pictures or videos taken by me will be duly noted, so please credit me when appropriate. All comments are moderated, so any forms of blatant or shameless self promotion will be either ignored or openly mocked. If you don’t even have the courtesy to consult me before plastering your business links all over the comments, then you’ll be openly ridiculed or ignored at your own displeasure.
Enjoy your stay, and may your expat life be wondrous, fascinating and filled with amusement.