Meet Marine, the newest and valued member of the TCB blogging team but with a twist! She is an art historian and all about China! We hope you enjoy! :) Below is an article introducing the work of the female photographer Xiaoxiao Xu (Image credits: @Xiaoxiao xu) In early 2015, the photographer Xiaoxiao Xu (born in Wenzhou, China, [...] Read more

I’ve had quite a few messages from people worrying that their Chinese hasn’t improved quite as much as they think it should have. I felt exactly the same a few months into my year abroad in Taiwan. It’s frustrating but you’re not alone in feeling this way. So, as you ready yourselves for a Christmas […]

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So, you’re off to China. You want to see the sights. You want to get the most out of your time in China. Only one thing is left to decide: who should you travel with? I have been lucky enough to travel China independently as well as with tour groups and have put together a […]

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Mao created this video blog during her recent Spring Festival trip to Harbin with her parents. Watch as she visits the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival, where she is disappointed to find that foreigners are forced to pay more for entry, and Harbin’s most notorious restaurant that went viral soon after her visit. Watch below: […]

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This week we caught up with Furio of Sapore Di Cina (SDC) to talk all things China. We have been fans of SDC for a long time and often share their articles on our social media channels, so we were delighted when he agreed to an interview. Here’s what he had to say (it’s also […]

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How were we ever going to beat the old town of Dali, sandwiched between gorgeous mountains and a pristine lake? – Well, with an even more ancient city replete with snow-capped mountains, a river valley, a narrow maze of cobblestone streets and more yak meat than you can shake a stick at, that’s how. The […]

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Bruised, battered, beat, and burned: it was time to ride again. Rising early, but not too early, we shuffled out of the hotel into the morning Yunnan sunshine while attempting to stretch and regain full flexibility in our aching muscles. A futile action perhaps, but we still had almost half the trip or around 64km/40mi […]

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“How the hell do you say sunscreen in Mandarin?” was the thought on my mind two hours into a full day bike ride, but perhaps more important was “Where the hell am I going to find sunscreen?”. The last few ramshackle collection of buildings hadn’t had much in the way of skin care or anything […]

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Dreadlocks, tie-dye, drum circles and even giant, wild cannabis plants jutting up around the shores of a beautiful lake – you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into some cross-dimensional, patchouli scented time warp, but it’s actually present day China. Although this city is popular with both foreign and domestic tourists, the natty locks are […]

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At first glance, Kunming may seem like just another drab provincial capital, but spend a little time exploring and subtle clues will quickly dissuade yourself of that notion. Bright colors, flowers, laid back vibes, lush greenery, and relaxed people all hint that you’re not on China’s east coast anymore, although as a mid-sized city in […]

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