Come with me on an in-depth 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.
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.
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.
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.
Want to find out more about my time in the Chinese capital? Why not visit Beijing via my travel reports on:
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.