At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at China and some of the bloggers who write about living there.
Gaetan is an expat living in South-West China and blogging about the wonders that can be found there. If you’re thinking of moving to the region and you want to explore some local gems and get to know the history of the area, Travel Cathay is a great way to get started. There’s also a fascinating section devoted to Gaetan’s academic research on different parts of the Yunnan province.Sapore Di Cina
The blog of an Italian who writes in English about living in China, Sapore di Cina (“flavour of China” in Italian) covers all aspects of expat life and is a must-read for anyone who has recently moved to the country. Take a look at the free e-book about living and working in China, and the Chinese/English travel phrasebook, which will be useful not only for your own move but for any family and friends who want to visit.
Marta Lives In China
A Spanish expat who has been living in China since 2006, Marta splits her time between Suzhou and Shanghai and blogs about her experiences there. Covering diverse topics from Chinese swimwear to whether Chinese men are romantic, Marta Lives In China is a wonderful blog that will immediately make you feel right at home, and reassure you that moving to China is both achievable and worthwhile.
China Elevator Stories
Describing itself as a blog of “stories about the little things in China”, Elevator Stories sums up day-to-day life in a bitesize, easy to read way that will give potential expats a good idea of what life is really like there. The frequent guest posts from other expats in China provide a good insight into a varied range of opinions and experiences; there really is something for everyone here. If you’re expecting or planning a family, take a look at the ‘Pregnant In China’ series for tips and advice.
Writer. Traveler. Tea Drinker.
Becky’s friendly tone of voice immediately pulls the reader in and will make you feel like you’re having a conversation with a new friend. Reflecting on her own experiences working, living and drinking tea in China, Becky talks about the changes she has made over the years she’s lived there and the ways in which the experience has shaped her as a person. With tips on staying fit and corresponding advice about where to find the best comfort food, Writer Traveler Tea Drinker balances the fun with the serious in a blog that will be helpful for any current or future expats in China.
Those are our recommended expat blogs for today. Do you write about being an expat? Let us know in the comments!