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Travelling to China: Top Ten Things to Pack

So the holiday’s approved, ticket’s booked and all you need to do is throw a few things in the suitcase and you’re ready to face the music err mayhem, madness and (of course) magic….that is mainland China! I thought it only fair that I give you a heads up before you actually land, because there […]

Hangzhou Lake at night

China’s Paradise on Earth – Hangzhou! Is it Worth a Visit?

If you do an internet search for the top places to visit in China, more often than not, Hangzhou will score a place in the top ten.  Before last weekend, I didn’t know too much about the city, but given Marco Polo promptly declared Hangzhou “beyond dispute the finest and noblest place in the world” I […]

Why Expats Need a VPN

Why Every Expat Needs a VPN in their Life: How to Choose One

“How do you access things like Facebook and your blog in China?”  It’s one of the more common questions I get asked since moving here.  And I might add, it’s a very good … [Read More...]

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Why Every Expat Needs A Blind Date

My latest column for Expat Focus Those dam butterflies in my stomach… they're persistent buggers! I try to catch my breath, inhaling, deeply… as our car crawls slowly in … [Read More...]

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48 Hours in Xi’an: Top 5 Things To Do!

So, Xi'an is on your itinerary? In my mind, there are a couple of reasons you might find yourself in this second tier city in the middle of China. One: it's considered the … [Read More...]

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Ever Wondered What an Ancient Chinese Village Looks Like? Of Course You Have…..

I've been trying to get out of the city for a sneak peek into a local Chinese village since we got here, seven months ago.  There's nothing quite like getting up close and … [Read More...]

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Forget Easter in China: It’s All About ‘Sweeping the Tomb!’

As a non-recovering chocoholic, I'll be frank, I am a tad disappointed the Easter Bunny does not visit China! That's not to say the Chinese Catholic Church and other Christian … [Read More...]

Old China

Six Months in China: What I Now Know!

High fives all round because it's not every day you get flung (some may say head first) into the middle of China with little more than your sense of (frazzled) humour!   Did I … [Read More...]

Tai O Fishing Village, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Bucket List: What to Check Off, Before You Check Out

**A Mint Mocha Musings collaboration with The HK HUB** If you’re reading this, you probably don’t need convincing that Hong Kong is an absolute treasure trove of … [Read More...]

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Four Good Reasons You Need to Travel to China

Yep! (other than coming to visit me of course!) If you've never been to China, I'm here to convince you to give it a shot, to put it on the bucket list!  I'm not promising a … [Read More...]

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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 … [Read More...]

In China for Chinese New Year

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 … [Read More...]

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