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5 Reasons Why Living in China Sucks

Natalia and I have travelled extensively in SEA. We also spent a year living and working in the Republic of Korea. Nearly all of our experiences have been fantastic. That’s why when we had the chance to live and work in China, with a much higher salary, we jumped at the chance. How could it […]

Climbing the Great Wall of China – Jiankou to Mutianyu, China

Climbing the Great Wall of China was never high on my list of things to see. Besides Tibet there are very few sights that I get excited about in China and even Tibet has been slipping. In fact, China as a whole has been slipping but more on that later. Anyway, in my mind the […]

The Pollution Situation – Made in China
January 6th, 2014Asia, China, DestinationsNatalia 9 Comments

You’ve all seen it. Sipping your coffee and breathing in your fresh mountain air as you gaze upon the grey photographs of China. Is that a building that I see or  a person or is it just a denser smog? You ponder what it’s like living in China, living with that air. You think to […]

The Time My Heart Almost Exploded – Shanghai, China
December 24th, 2013Asia, China, Destinations, Featured PostsNatalia 2 Comments

On my third day in Shanghai I received a wake up call that was real China. I experienced what it is like to receive emergency medical attention in the world’s second most powerful nation.  I also saw with my own eyes the difference between being rich and being poor in China. I also learned that when your heart is about to explode […]

A Surprise on a Plank –  Huashan, Shaanxi, China

I built up the “idea” of hiking up Huashan for months on end. Weeks leading up to the climb, my palms would start sweating every time I thought about hiking in Huashan. Walking on a plank suspended hundreds of meters in the air was most terrifying. The fact the Huashan is an internet sensation did […]

Elbowing Through the Crowd at Huangshan – Anhui, China
November 7th, 2013Adventures, Asia, China, Destinations, MountainsNatalia 3 Comments

I have been warned about hiking the most popular mountain in China on a public holiday. I chose to ignore the warnings. I chose to think that a mountain could not possibly be so packed with hikers. I was wrong. It felt like you are buying bread in 1989 Russia. It could not have been […]

Where to See Pandas in China?

Seeing giant pandas in the flesh was one of the items on my China “to do” list.  As with all other magnificent creatures I try to seek them out in the wild, but pandas are a little more elusive than Orangutans,  Proboscis monkeys and Komodo dragons.  Finding them in the wild would take a lot […]

What The Hell is Numbing Spice?

As Jonathan and I walked down to the Wenshu Temple in Chengdu we saw alluring pancakes being fried on the street. Usually we steer away from street food but they looked so appealing. What the hell, let’s grab a couple! They sizzled so beautifully on the wok. I only could imagine how divine they could […]

How Not To See The Leshan Giant Buddha – Sichuan, China
October 7th, 2013Asia, China, DestinationsNatalia 7 Comments

The day we decided to see the Leshan Giant Buddha was the first day of the National Holidays in China. We had a rough idea of what we were getting into but we were not expecting the extent of chaos that we got. The Plan We had three days in Chengdu, the first two days […]

Yuyuan Gardens and Bazaar – Shanghai, China
September 11th, 2013Asia, China, DestinationsNatalia 0 Comments

Yuyuan Gardens is one of the most popular sights in Shanghai. Even with its premier landscaping, rock tunnels and aesthetically pleasing bridges and rooftops the sight feels uninspiring and a little pretentious. The gardens were founded in 1559 and it took 18 years to blossom into its final form. The gardens that tourists see now […]

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