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China travel guide

Visit China: Dafen Oil Painting Village, Shenzhen.

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.

Kunming Lake The Summer Palace Beijing

Visit China: The Summer Palace, Beijing.

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.

Ancient city wall sculptures Pingyao China.

Visit China: The ancient city walls of Pingyao.

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.

Visit Wenxing Bridge Taishun County China.

Visit China: Wenxing Bridge, Taishun County.

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, why not visit China through my ravel reports from:


Fujian Province

Guangxi Autonomous Region

Heilongjiang Province

Jiangsu Province



Shandong Province



The Great Wall



Zhejiang Province

I’ve also penned a series of short stories about my first Chinese adventure:

 Challenged In China!

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