I lived in China for a year…

traditional Chinese house

I lived in China for a year…

Why China?

When people ask me this question I tend to answer: why not China?
China is the biggest influencer in Asia and the leading provider for the entire world!

I wanted to see it for myself. I wanted to learn a lot and I wanted to experience living abroad for a really long time; I wanted to explore somewhere really foreign.

I learned so little about China by growing up in the West. I just knew some stuff. I knew that China had a rich culture that went back thousands and thousands of years —I learned about some ancient Chinese culture in art-history class.

Other than that I just knew that a lot of people lived there (a significant amount of the world’s population) and that over 90% of the stuff that I owned came from China. So I wanted to know more about that. I wanted to learn about China’s culture and its people firsthand.

I was seeking foreign territory, the complete unknown. What’s more foreign than a place that doesn’t use the Roman Alphabet on menus or street signs? Sure, there are other places with strange symbols on their menus and signs but they aren’t as impactful, unknown and foreign as China.

Xiamen Botanical Gardens outdoor art

So that’s “why China” —I simply needed to quench a thirst for Eastern knowledge. While also living a new adventure.

And, boy was it an adventure…I’d definitely go back! 

check out this video about my journey.

Have you ever been to China?

Whether you have or you haven’t I invite you to read about some of my adventures and  discoveries while living in the People’s Republic of China:

  1. Traits you need to make the BEST out of life inChina
  2. A game for life in China
  3. Dealing with China’s smoking culture
  4. My thoughts about China…(mid-journey)
  5. The Chinese toilet —a squatty potty!!!
  6. Opening a Chinese bank account
  7. Year of the Goat, 2015

Outdoor Art