My love affair with China began in 2009 when I came to the country for the first time as a wide-eyed twenty something. That first spell of teaching in Beijing, along with two extended spells of cross-country trips, stand among my best travel memories.
I ended up doing two years in the Chinese capital. Let’s make no bones about it, living and working in China was one of the toughest, most challenging experiences of my life. Furthermore, I’d say you haven’t really understood the term culture shock until you come here. Nevertheless, if you put in the time and effort, and learn to take setbacks with good humour, it can also be one of the most rewarding places on earth to work and travel.
In 2017 I took on another Chinese teaching contract, this time in the wildcard location of Rui’an in Zhejiang Province. It was during this two-year period that I made a much larger dent in the country, visiting countless cities, towns and villages. Even better, I was also lucky enough to get out to some isolated regions that few foreigners get to see. As a result, I now have a vast library of travel reports to share. To find out more, take a look at my articles on:
I’ve also penned a series of short stories about my first Chinese adventure: