National Day – trip to Conghua

国庆节快乐!guó qìng jié kuàilè! It’s National Day here in China! This marks the 68th anniversary of the founding of the PRC, kicking off one of China’s two Golden Weeks. We …

Dealing with frustration by smashing up characters!

I had a fairly negative experience with my Chinese studies today. But it caused me to stop, reflect, and change path. First off, I got my test results back from …

Nan Yuan Restaurant 南园酒家

This evening, I went to an amazing restaurant in Guangzhou. Tucked away behind some Lingnan style exterior walls, you’ll find this extraordinary Cantonese restaurant. You’ll find this restaurant by getting …

The One Minute Challenge

Are you currently learning a foreign language? Regardless of your level, it’s imperative that you learn to think in that language. Don’t spend too much time translating back and forth, …

I visited a Secret Tea Shop in Guangzhou

I was invited by a friend to drink tea this afternoon. I didn’t know where we were going, but I was advised to wear smart clothes, so I knew we …

Getting married in a Chinese village

On January 2nd, 2017, in a small town in Foshan, I married my beautiful wife. We got married in her hometown here in Guangdong, and invited her whole family, all …

All aboard! Hop on, Hop off bus in Guangzhou

I had the pleasure of having my family come to Guangzhou for a visit. I took them around the city via Di Di Da Che and taxis at first, but …

Studying Chinese at SYSU

So, we are almost into our third week here at SYSU. Time for a little update on what classes are like, our schedule and what we’ve covered so far. Day …

Yangshuo, Guangxi Province

Of all the places I’ve visited in China, Yangshuo remains one of my favourite destinations. There’s nothing like getting on a bicycle and cycling through the paddy fields and old …

Top things to do in Kaiping, Guangdong

I recently enjoyed a short trip to Kaiping, Guangdong. Famous for its 碉楼 (’diao lou’ meaning ‘watchtowers’). Getting there: Bus from Tianhe Coach Terminal. Around 50rmb. Expect a journey time …