Xi'an China

Chinese New Year in Xi’an: IN VIDEO

As CNY (more commonly known around here as the ‘Spring Festival’) draws to a close, after a two week festive frenzy, I wanted to bring you a few snippets of the action from down town Xi’an. You have to see it to believe it! (Or perhaps that should be ‘hear’ it!) (Before we go any […]

Chinese New Year Lanterns

Bask in the Glow: Chinese New Year in Pictures!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! This week I’m going to give you a break from my running commentary on life in China, with a Chinese New Year colour fest instead! The Year of the Sheep is well and truly underway and up north here in Xi’an the auspicious occasion has been marked with vigor! We were […]

Behind the Hotel Scenes| Mint Mocha Musings

Behind the Curtains on China’s 5-Star Stage: Hotel Confessions

Five months living in the hotel and I finally got a backstage pass! (Just who do you have to um..know 'round here to get a behind the scenes tour!?) ;) I'm not sure what I … [Read More...]

Drinking Baijiu in China

China’s Genie in a Bottle: It’s Called Baijiu

I tentatively walked into the packed, brightly lit Chinese restaurant. While I'm getting used to being the only Gweilo in the room, this was my first 'local' dinner with part of … [Read More...]

School in China |MintMocha Musings

Life in China: A Class Act?

The wheels crunched over the broken bitumen as we rolled into the driveway. I was in a fairly unremarkable area of Xi'an with a few large iron gates looming down at me….no sign … [Read More...]

Xi'an City Centre | Mint Mocha Musings

Life in a Chinese City – What’s it Really Like?

China! It's the country on everybody's lips. The topical talking point on the global table. But aside from being home to the world's biggest economy, what is it really like … [Read More...]

Christmas Blog

When the Christmas Tree comes down: Another Goodbye….A New Year ahead

I tentatively unlock the door...tiptoeing inside. It's past midnight and I've just made a two hour round trip weaving speedily through the darkness of town, having taken my … [Read More...]

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Christmas in China: What Happens in Xi’an?

Latest column for Expat Focus... “He’s checking his list, he’s checking it twice, he’s going to find out who’s naughty or nice….." Sing it with me!  "….Santa Claus is … [Read More...]

Saving Money

Five Fail-Safe Ways to Save Money (after Christmas)!

Ahhh "money" and "saving" in the same sentence. I know! Trust me, it's not exactly my area of expertise (or enjoyment for that matter)! Just ask my husband and he'll tell you how … [Read More...]

Sydney Siege

We Are All One Type of Human – The Sydney Siege

Today like so many of you, my heart is heavy….the pit of my stomach hollow. The Sydney siege is playing on my mind. Glued to the television like thousands, maybe millions of … [Read More...]

Xi'an Streets | Mint Mocha Musings

Living in China: Is there a Doctor in the House?

So it's been one of those weeks in deep dark China, where our family needed a visit to the local GP….  Winter lurgies and all are upon us… and after a 20 hour journey from the … [Read More...]

Xian Lit up| Mint MochaMusings

Ni Hao Xi’an: The Birth Place of Ancient Civilisation

Warning: this is not a history lesson but it may involve the words ancient, museum, monuments, ruins and dynasties! Three months into this relationship, it's time we learned a … [Read More...]