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The Middle Kingdom

Moving to China? Traveling in China? Working in China? The real story by a couple of real expats that live in Beijing. (Spoiler Alert: we love it here)

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Most Recent Posts from The Middle Kingdom

A New StandardWith my days getting busier and my stories getting more and more interesting, I feel it is no longer relevant to discuss my boring days, searching for restaurants and running into strangers who just want to practice their little English. I will continue to post here but I have realized my life in Anqing is straight out of a TV show, or even more unreal. After spending more time with my close friend Jay, the one who dances for the club, I began learning more and more about the...

Posted on 31 July 2013 | 9:53 am

It ends in I Do, I think…This is how I met Anqing’s own Fast and the Furious club. After spending a nice day at a pool in a local hotel resort, my three friends and I headed over to a small shop to get my friend Rambo’s car touched up. Rambo wanted to remove the carbon fiber trim on his car and replace it with a silver trim. The shop owners, a group of young guys all began peeling off the vinyl and using heat guns to reapply the new trim. The shop was interesting, the walls were cove...

Posted on 29 July 2013 | 9:51 am

Never Alone The question continues to boggle my mind, is it because I am a foreigner, or are the majority of the people in this city truly interested in everyone else’s affairs?  The majority of the situations that have led me to have conversations with locals, whether it be with a translator or not, quickly escalate from the two or three of us, into a small crowd of bystanders, many of which are more than willing to become a part of the conversation. From asking where the Engl...

Posted on 22 July 2013 | 6:13 am

Confusing Math and Cultural DifferencesEven though it is summer break, a small portion of the 20,000 University students decided to stay and prepare for the upcoming semester.  With the majority of the staff gone and all but two buildings closed for the break, every morning students wake up at the crack of dawn and head to the only building with open classrooms. They spend the majority of the day studying, and when their head is not buried in a book, they are catching a quick nap before the...

Posted on 18 July 2013 | 11:30 pm

Total Immersion              Nothing quite says total immersion than taking on the crazy streets of China. On Tuesday morning I woke up to a phone call from a friend I met the previous day. His English name is Kurt, and he is a banker at one of the Bank of China branches in downtown. He was calling me because I had asked for his help in finding a motorcycle that I could buy.            The night b...

Posted on 17 July 2013 | 2:26 am

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