Guest Post: Travel to Sri Lanka, A Whole Different World

Although Natalya’s post transcends the boundaries of China, AMWF, and Xi’an, it gets to the heart of the benefits of travel, living abroad, and expatriating. Seeing a country and its culture firsthand, no matter whether you travel to Sri Lanka or China, has lifelong consequences. Natalya’s story also highlights the conversational bluntness and giggles, friendliness, fresh fruits and vegetables at every corner that I experienced whilst in China. 

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If anyone visits Sri Lanka from a modern country, they are in for culture shock. That is what happened to me when I went there. One of my parents originally came from Sri Lanka, so I had already experienced some of their native culture, but it was not enough to prepare me for actually living in the country, which I did for three months. I went to visit family, and I was expecting that it would be different from what I was used to, but I was not expecting that it would be like a completely different world, which it was.

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Guest Post: Q & A with Speaking of China

I’m excited to have “virtually” sat down with Jocelyn, the writer, blogger, and creator behind Speaking of China. She’s inspired me to pursue topics that haven’t always been the easiest to put pen to paper

We discussed how she ended up in China, learned the language, the places and foods that delight her, also sneaking in an inquiry about Xi’an, her AMWF marriage, juggling the blogging-work-life balance, and what she’s been working on recently. 

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On the streets of Zhengzhou, where Jocelyn first lived in China

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Guest Post: A South-China Expat Explores Xi’an

Linda from Linda Living in China shares what she loved about visiting Xi’an. She captures the reaction that I had to the Terracotta Warriors, describes 镜糕, and the overall feeling Xi’an musters up as a historical and multicultural city, at least for China.  

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I moved to China in late 2012 and lived in Guangzhou for six months to complete an internship in online marketing. Now, I am back but live in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province.


Linda pictured in front of the Bell Tower

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Guest Post: Gift Giving in China

My first guest post is from My New Chinese Wife, a resource devoted to finding love in China, discussing one particularly interesting item blacklisted as far as gift giving is concerned in China.

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The Legend of the Green Hat

Gift giving is one of the most important gestures in China, so regardless of you coming here for business or to meet someone special, this is a custom that you are bound to get yourself sucked into at one point or another. I’m sure that you can find literally thousand of websites on the net talking about Chinese gift giving etiquettes, but in this article I will restrict myself to only one of these.

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