Tag: China

Life in China: How does Living in China Compare to Living in the UAE?

Life in China: How does Living in China Compare to Living in the UAE?

Many of you know we started our expatriate lives off teaching overseas in the United Arab Emirates. You maybe wondering the same question we find ourselves asked frequently: “How does living in China compare to living in the UAE?” Or perhaps, “How does teaching in […]

Life in China: How to Shop in Hong Kong

Life in China: How to Shop in Hong Kong

So you moved to Shenzhen, China, and you’re doing well here. It’s a thriving city, isn’t it? But life in Shenzhen is lacking something. The shopping, that’s what it is. You can get some decent imported goods, but there are things from home that you […]

Life in China: The Art of Not Tanning

Life in China: The Art of Not Tanning

This installment of Life in China is focused on an aspect of Chinese culture that stands as a fairly stark contrast to our American culture. Read on for a bit of insight into how the interesting people of this vast city of Shenzhen, in this […]

Life in China: Life in Shenzhen Means Noise

Life in China: Life in Shenzhen Means Noise

Life in Shenzhen Means Noise Traveling, and particularly living abroad as expats, teaches us about ourselves and about our own society as much as it does about others. In this entry of Life in China, we’re talking about something which has informed our understanding of […]

Life in China: Food Culture

Life in China: Food Culture

This installment of our Life in China series kicks off a discussion about food culture. Before we get started, bear in mind that we’re looking at things through our American lenses, and we know that naturally we carry our own cultural biases with us as […]

Life in China: Our Five Favorite Chinese Foods

Life in China: Our Five Favorite Chinese Foods

Our last installment in the Life in China series was about cost of living here in Shenzhen, China. This week, we are writing about our favorite truly authentic Chinese foods. China is renowned for its cuisine, of which it has eight main sorts. Each one […]

Getting a Chinese Work Visa: Authentication, Invitation, and Visa

Getting a Chinese Work Visa: Authentication, Invitation, and Visa

Background Last year (2016-2017), we spent a year in the USA. After four years living and working abroad, we found life in Utah amazingly convenient. After all, everyone spoke English. We were within driving distance of anything we could want, including IKEA. And Utah is […]

Budget Hong Kong with Kids

Budget Hong Kong with Kids

“Budget” is not a word one associates with Hong Kong. This city is anything but! Still, we were lucky enough to spend a week there over fall break. It was largely made possible thanks to a friend who kindly allowed us to stay at her […]