After 10 years of pen-pushing for insurance companies, Mike decided it was time to leave his desk job behind and go to China to teach English. He first taught young students in Zhejiang province, and returned to China to teach university students in Hubei province. Mike currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, and can often be seen eating dumplings in Chinatown.

Meet the Canadian who taught English in Asia for 15 years!

Interview

Imagine teaching English in Asia for 15 years. Well, that’s exactly what Canadian Ken Mossman did. He taught in the Philippines, Korea as well as China where he spent eight of these years. Armed with loads of knowledge and experience,...

Read more

What to do in Chengdu if you’ve only got a few days

Places

I recently spent four days in Chengdu. I absolutely loved it! Most people who come to this part of China visit the panda research centre. But there are plenty of other cool things to do in and around Chengdu. So here’s my list of what to...

Read more

Let’s celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

Festivals

Mid-Autumn Festival is one of China's most unique holidays. Also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, it’s celebrated when the moon is believed to be at its fullest. A full moon is an auspicious sign in China. The round sh...

Read more

What are the top 10 cities to visit in China?

Places

What are China’s top 10 tourist cities? According to a recent study, Shanghai is one of the best. But it doesn’t come out on top! Cities on the Chinese mainland were evaluated based on five aspects: Number of visitors T...

Read more

Thinking about teaching in China? Here are 3 golden considerations

Planning

Are you thinking about teaching in China? Before you make this big but exciting decision, it’s critical that you first do research about what options are available in China. You need to determine what you want out of your experience, and...

Read more

What is the best way to learn Chinese?

Advice

Chinese, or Mandarin, is the world’s most spoken language and there are many ways you can learn it. But what is the best way to learn Chinese? Well, in my experience the best way doesn’t necessarily mean the quickest. Rather, the best...

Read more

From classroom to kitchen: how a Beijing expat turbocharged his career in China

Food

Preston Thomas has been teaching English in China since 2011. In a bold career move, this entrepreneurial expat has just opened up a new restaurant in Beijing called The View 4109. I had a chat with Preston to find out about his time teaching in C...

Read more

Teaching English in Jining, Shandong province – Q&A with Teacher Dan

Interview

Canadian Dan Meikle has been teaching English in China for the past three years. He’s currently teaching English in Jining, Shandong province. I interviewed him to find out about his experience teaching in this relatively small city in easte...

Read more

The cross-dressing teacher in China

Interview

A new book called China In Drag, by BBC editor Michael Bristow, provides an insightful glimpse into China’s colourful history and current way of life, woven together by the adventures he shared with his cross-dressing Chinese teacher. I inte...

Read more

Spending Christmas alone in China? Here are 7 ways to beat the yuletide blues

Festivals

While the concept of Christmas has become mainstream in China, spending it alone can be a difficult time. You won’t be surrounded by family and friends you grew up with, and the cultural traditions of Christmas in China are different from w...

Read more