As a resident of northeast USofA for most of my life, I now find myself a resident of northeast China. Why? On our first date, my husband-to-be told me that he wanted to move to and work in China one day. I laughed at this lofty, yet matter-of-fact statement. Just under two years later, here we are. Married and living in China. A huge, ever-changing, fascinating, and confusing country. That’s my assessment from our first couple weeks. We’ll be here for several years, so check back to experience all the things we are seeing, hearing, and doing.

Please note that all content–writing and photographs–on this site are mine. Please don’t steal, though feel free to link to my posts.

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  1. Oooo, can’t wait to be a part of all the adventures!!!!!

  2. Sorry for the delayed response, Mahrukh. Unfortunately, I don’t work abroad, but my husband does. I can ask him if he’d be willing to answer your questions. Send me an email at woshoudebuhao@gmail.com. Thanks.

  3. Just stumbled across your blog from the Expat Awards – look forward to reading more! I’ve done a couple of trips to China and one was in a very rural area – it will be fun to revisit that trip through your blog!

  4. A great blog! I have read quite a few expat blogs, but most of them are people living in the bigger cities of China. I myself have been living in China for a few years on and off. I spent over a year living with my in-laws in a very very small village in the midst of rural Anhui province. I haven’t found any other foreigner who really lived in rural China. Love reading your blog, especially as I am currently back in the West finishing up my Master degree. But I will be moving back to China end of March 🙂
    This time my destination is Shanghai.

    • Thanks for the nice note, Anna! I agree — there aren’t many blogs about life in rural China. I look forward to checking out your blog (love the name) and hope to hear what your experience living with your in-laws was like. Good luck with your studies and the move back to China!

  5. I apologize for the randomness, but I had a question for you. I’ve been offered a professorship at a Chinese university, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to take them up on it. However, I operate several different blogs (personal, educational, photo, etc.) that I want to maintain while I’m there. When I visited before, none of my wordpress blogs were accessible. I noticed that you are in China and have a WP blog, does this work for you consistently? And would you recommend any other blogging platforms that are consistent? I’d appreciate your input a lot!! Thanks!

    PS–I think you have a wonderful blog here! 🙂

    • I like randomness; thanks for reaching out to me. First, congrats on your job offer and good luck in China! Second, you just need a VPN (we use StrongVPN, though other people use hidemyassVPN) to access your blog, as well as a lot of other Western websites like Facebook, Twitter, NY Times, etc. We haven’t had too many issues with our VPN, though sometimes it can be slow. Third, I’ve used Blogger in the past, but I just prefer WordPress. And, finally, glad you like my blog! I look forward to checking out yours.

  6. Came across your blog because of FPressed (congrats BTW). I have also lived in China for four years (prior to that visited the country almost every year for 15yrs) and blog about my time here. Based in Beijing where my husband is working, we have travelled widely round the country. The big difference between myself and other ex-pat bloggers in China is that I am older, well into my 60s, and so I look at things differently.
    I have really enjoyed reading your previous posts and will be following you regularly.
    Zai jian, zhou mo kuaile!

    • Xie xie ni! I look forward to checking out your blog, herschelian. I will also share it with my mom, who is in her 60s and will be making her first trip to China soon. Zhou mo kuaile to you too, peng you.

  7. What an interesting life!

  8. Hi,

    I came across your blog since I’ve started learning Chinese and I think you would be interested in the Chinese language program we’re launching at lexikeet.com. I want to ask what you would think of trying it out with a free premium account as a reviewer for your blog. We think we’d be a great fit for your readers who are learning Chinese with our vocabulary and handwriting features. If you’re interested let me know and take care!

    • Sounds interesting, Andrew. Language isn’t my primary focus of the blog, but I’ve been planning to write about the various ways I’m trying to learn Mandarin. I’d be happy to include an honest assessment of lexikeet.com. Please send some more detailed info. to woshoudebuhao@gmail.com. Thanks!

  9. Hello,

    My name is Amanda Roberts and I am the author of the blog Two Americans in China. I found your blog and contact information through Expats Blog. I am the author of Crazy Dumplings, a fun food fusion cookbook that was funded through Kickstarter. My dream, though, is to write a cookbook written specifically for expats about how to cook foods and dishes from their home country in their new adopted country using ingredients that can be found locally. However, I know my experience in China isn’t the same as everyone else’s, so I thought it would be a good idea to reach out to other China expat bloggers and ask about their experiences. I would love to hear about your experiences cooking abroad. Please click the following link to take my survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3DKT52R (Works best if using Google Chrome.) I will include a link to the blog of everyone who responds and helps me out in the book.

    Thank you so much for your assistance, and I look forward to hearing from you!

    • Hi Amanda — congrats on the dumplings book! Can’t wait to read it. I love your idea for the second cookbook and I’d be happy to participate in your survey and send it to some of my friends here in Haiyang. Good luck with it!

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