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Visit Beijing

Visit Beijing 798 Art District.

Visit Beijing: 798 Art District.

Come with me for a topsy-turvy journey into China’s dazzling capital city, Beijing. I spent two years of my life teaching English here. Consequently, I’ve learned a few things about what makes this place and its people tick.

Visit Beijing.

Visit Beijing.

Like so many expats who’ve lived here, I’d definitely describe my relationship with Beijing as a love-hate affair. In fact, I’d say that in order to survive, you’ve certainly got to take the rough with the smooth.

Visit Beijing map.

Visit Beijing.

Thankfully, there are many rewards for those with patience, diplomacy, determination and good humour. Some of the city sights are staggering, while the food is similarly out of this world. Furthermore, get to know the people one-on-one and you’ll come to see that they’ll do anything for you.

Kunming Lake.

Visit Beijing: The Summer Palace.

In the end, I came away from Beijing with a wealth of knowledge, lessons learned and friends for life. Not to mention some amazing memories, a hatful of stories and, ultimately, no regrets.

Visit Beijing Gate of Heavenly Peace.

Visit Beijing: The Gate of Heavenly Peace at the Forbidden City.

Want to find out more about my time in the Chinese capital? Why not visit Beijing through my travel reports on:

The Forbidden City (coming soon!)

The Summer Palace (coming soon!)

798 Art District (coming soon!)

Lama Temple (coming soon!)

Life in Shangdi (coming soon!)

Chaoyang Park (coming soon!)

Tiananmen Square (coming soon!)

Beijing Olympic Park (coming soon!)

Nanluoguxiang (coming soon!)

Snippets of Beijing (coming soon!)

Chaoyang Park.

Visit Beijing: Chaoyang Park.

You can also read my short stories on life in the Chinese capital. The following chapters come from my short story collection Challenged in China.

Noodles & Rice 

Enlightening (coming soon!)

The Good, the Bad and the Naughty (coming soon!)

The Children & The Witch (coming soon!)

Bad Moon Rising (coming soon!)

Sub Zero Adventures (coming soon!)

Goodness Gracious, Great Wall of China! (coming soon!)

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