China Expectations vs Realities by Lindsay Daitch

  Before coming to teach in China, I had a vague idea of what exactly I was getting myself into. My friends and family had asked me multiple questions about the job that I could not answer. Yet, I still thought that I had done a thorough amount of research before coming here. As it…

Phones in China: A Tale of Four Phones by Molly Oberstein-Allen

I came to China with a well-loved iPhone. It got me through an unexpected few days in Hong Kong with no money for a visa and a hostel reserved for the wrong week, and it helped me navigate the seemingly identical streets of Shenzhen during my first few weeks – okay, months – here. It…

Leaving China: A Weekend at Uncle Li’s by Laura Grace Tarpley

My husband and I were nervous about this weekend. We work at a lovely Primary School together in Shenzhen. Our principal, Mr. Li, is friendly but doesn’t speak much English. One day at lunch he said, “Daniel! Lola!” (How he pronounces Laura.) “You. Me. Hometown. Saturday.” At first, I was impressed, because I didn’t know…

Shenzhen Hot Spot: Window of the World by Ashley Dubois

Upon walking into Window of the World (WoW) in Shenzhen, I was worried I’d been ripped off to the tune of 180RMB and a very long subway ride. The entrances to different attractions aren’t well marked and when you first enter the Global Arena, all you can see is a large amphitheatre with a wall…

Get Your Culture on at Dafen Oil Painting Village by Leanne Overby

After realizing that my dreams of traveling around mainland China on weekends could not become a reality, I decided to switch gears and start searching for write-home worthy hidden gems in this crazy, massive city I call home. I live in the outer Longgang District of Shenzhen, and I’ll be honest, there’s not much going…

What’s Next? Stay or Go by Leanne Overby

The time has come for us expats to take pause from our blissful existence and face a reality that is coming at us faster than a speeding bullet: it’s time to decide our next move. It’s easier said than done, especially for us wanderlust folk who are constantly in conflict between the vagabond lifestyle and…

On the Outskirts of Shenzhen: Dapeng, a New District by Alistair Heald

  Shenzhen is a major city in Guangdong Province, China. It is also one of the wealthiest cities in China. Shenzhen’s temperate climate, relatively low pollution levels, and close proximity to Hong Kong, Macau, and several other interesting destinations make Shenzhen one of the China’s most desirable cities to live in. While Shenzhen’s lightning fast…