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 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 most challenging experiences of my life. In fact, I’d say you haven’t fully 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, China can 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 Ruian 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.
I was even lucky enough to visit 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, join me on my adventures across China with my travel reports from:
I’ve also penned a series of short stories about my first Chinese adventure: