Life in China – Guest Post

Three years in China


Firstly thank you very much Mohamad for inviting me as a guest on your wonderful blog; very kind of you.

I lived in Beijing for three years and absolutely loved it.  I worked during the week and during the weekends and other time off I took advantage of this wonderful opportunity and travelled around China.


I travelled as far west as Xinjiang, as far south as Yunnan, Guangxi and Guangdong, as far north as Heilongjiang and also as far east as Shanghai and Zhejiang.


China is such a diverse and fabulous country.  I really loved it.  So to ask me which part of China or which province I loved the most would be a good question but not one I could answer as I genuinely loved all of China.

I loved the people – I loved interacting with them; the elderly and the young and really enjoyed their surprise when they found out I could speak some Chinese.


I also really enjoyed travelling to areas that are not often travelled by foreigners like Qinghai and Ningxia.


And…of course there is the food.  Eggplant is the vegetable I loved the most, along with tofu, potatoes and the green beans.


As for seasons, I loved spring and autumn and then winter but summer heat was a killer and not to my liking.


All in all a country I really do love and miss – until 2018 when I will return for a trip to Beijing, Jilin and Inner Mongolia!!

And for anyone that is interested, my individual travels throughout China can be read at:


60 thoughts on “Life in China – Guest Post”

  1. Thx for sharing.Great
    I planned to go China, but suspended by the coronavirus, so can only learn Chinese at home and took the live online lesson by communicating with native-Chinese teachers from eChineseLearning
    It seems good currently. Do you think this method of learning is realistic?

    • I must say I found the best way of learning Chinese was to immerse yourself in the country and culture. But as you say it’s not a time we can travel. I think what you are doing sounds like a good way to learn. There are some good Apps where you can practice daily too. Duolingo now teaches Chinese and I love Memrise as you can hear native Chinese speaking then you repeat. Good luck with your lessons.


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