Yinchuan, Ningxia, Top 5 Reasons to Visit

XiXia Tombs 1 and 2

Yinchuan located in Ningxia is steeped in history and attractions, well worth the trip. Little known to foreigners the opportunities to explore are tremendous. One of the highlights are the ethnic … [Read more...]

Huludoa and the hidden parks

Park near Huludao train station

I was itching to get a soft sleeper on a train back to Beijing. Three hour trains are the least desirable and give the least in reward. Few conversations are had, seats are smashed together with a … [Read more...]

Jue Hua Island, China’s north coast

Local North East Chinese style prepared fish

Juehuadao an island off of Huludao, Liaoning Province, China, is the first fishing village I have come across in China. Chinese people have said ‘there are no fishing villages’ but wiki dares to say … [Read more...]

Train Travel in China Tips

Hard Sleeper Bunks - train travel in China

I remember my first solo trip by train and that led me to many realizations for future trips. Sleeping beds. While traveling you will have a general choice of four traveling tickets, soft sleeper … [Read more...]

Genghis Khan Mausoleum – The Darkhad

Outside the Genghis Khan Mausoleum, Inner Mongolia, China

Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum, it brings pictures of history to the imagination. The battles, Genghis leading armies around the world, his generals and sons winning wars against armies 10 times their size. … [Read more...]

Teaching Exit Strategy – Know When and How to Get Out

Teaching abroad is a tool, a wonderful tool to see the world, travel and live abroad. The first few years are amazing, students grow, you feel accomplishment and discover a new land. But is this a … [Read more...]

Tips on Teaching in China – Choosing a School

When teaching in China you will be presented with many options for choosing schools. Consider first what you want out of the experience before choosing. Schools are not all created equal and can … [Read more...]

Where is my Fortune Cookie!


Coming from America we have these preconceived notions of what things are Chinese. Certain items seem to be so Chinese you could not imagine them not in China. Imagine going to a Chinese restaurant … [Read more...]

The Know it all Taxi Drivers

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Face may be a phenomenon worldwide but in China it whacks me in the face on a regular basis, practically daily. The idea of “face” is a huge deal in China, and held to the very bitter end. It … [Read more...]

The Foreigners of China

Over the years living abroad you will encounter or run into plenty of foreigners everywhere. The funny thing is I have observed two distinct kinds of foreigners, the ones that want to talk because we … [Read more...]