As interesting an experience as China was, it was obviously not without it’s downfalls so I’ve put together a list of tips I wish someone had given me before I went that would have made my life in China a lot easier and a little less bewildering. I had read some of these tips before and honestly wished I’d taken them more seriously. These are less like tips, more like ‘mandatory survival advice’!! Heed my words carefully! … More How to survive China: 12 crucial tips
After a pretty, errr, challenging week in Beijing and intro to China, (almost being homeless, train ticket stress, communication difficulties), you can imagine I was skipping in delight about the idea of arriving in metropolitan Shanghai. And it didn’t disappoint! Let’s see how it fared. (I’ve only employed a ‘rating out of 5’ system so I have an easy way to rank each city! I’m not wanting to judge anyone else’s homeland harshly!) … More Shanghai wrap-up: Can I live here?
If there’s anything in Asia I love almost as much as a temple, it’s the leafy green, ornate roofs and calm atmosphere of oriental gardens.
Say hello to Yu Garden, about a 20 minute walk down from The Bund. I can’t lie, it was pretty packed when I went but it was still beautiful. For just a small entrance, who can say no to a visit. Make sure it’s on your list!
Say hello to Yu Garden, about a 20 minute walk down from The Bund. I can’t lie, it was pretty packed when I went but it was still beautiful. For just a small entrance, who can say no to a visit. Make sure it’s on your list! … More Shanghai: The magical Yu Garden
After my visit to the gorgeous and imposing Jing’An Temple, I wasn’t sure if anything could surpass it. However, the quaint charm of the smaller Jade Buddha Temple came close. … More Shanghai: Jade Buddha Temple
Barely two weeks into my China visit and I had already uncovered a plethora of cultural differences; some expected and some utterly foreign. Dating was one of these. If you ever watched the cracker of a dead-pan humour documentary Paul Merton in China back in 2007, you’ll be wise to the Chinese take on dating. (I can’t lie, watching … More Shanghai: Finding love the Chinese way
I’m almost ashamed to admit that whichever stunning new country or city I end up in, there are always three creature comforts I crave: spaghetti, hot chocolate and pastries. Honestly, any of my friends will tell you I’m a fiend for those things. I can’t not have them in my life! I know travelling is about discovering new foods but sometimes you just need to hit that spot with a trusty old favourite. … More 5 of Shanghai’s best bakeries and quick eats
In each new city I go to, I love to find 3 key things: the best backstreets to wander; the best bakery/patisserie; and the best place to watch the sunset. Of course there’s plenty of other things I love to find when exploring but these 3 things are the icing on the cake and always have me skipping … More Shanghai: Where to find the best Bund rooftop view
Another Shanghai classic is the boisterous Nanjing Road, just a short walk from the Bund. It’s perhaps the shopping mecca of Shanghai. Get ready for some hustling along the pavement until you reach the main pedestrianised area of Nanjing Road (split into East and West). You’ll see lots of policemen with glow-y sticks and whistles, seemingly randomly … More Shanghai: Nanjing Road and chatting Chinese politics with a local
You’ve probably noticed by now that a lot of my summer has been spent strolling through the streets of Asia. It might be bloody hot but travelling by foot is free and you get to see lots of interesting things. (And burn off all that food you’ve scoffed…). There might not be ‘things to do’ … More Shanghai: A stroll through the French Concession
Although I’m not remotely religious, it’s no secret that I love a good temple and I definitely got my fix in Shanghai. It might be a busy and dense city but there are still spots of calm and serenity, like the Buddhist Jing’an Temple off of busy West Nanjing road. The temple was first built … More Shanghai: Jing’an Temple