Chapter 22: Hitting the Great Wall(s) of Beijing

Sometimes, you hit walls in life in China. And sometimes, you hit walls on the way to the Great Wall. When my Chinese boyfriend and I toured Beijing, we discovered the obstacles that come when you’re young and traveling China on a budget.

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Chapter 21: A Foreign Face in Beijing

As a foreigner in China, sometimes your “foreign face” is your most useful asset. When my company attends a conference in Beijing, they bring me along, because my foreign face makes them look more international.

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Chapter 20: The Forbidden Heart of My Ex-Chinese Boyfriend

When Frank, my ex-Chinese boyfriend, and I were forced together against our will — attending a conference in Beijing — he used language to create distance, making his heart as fortified as the Forbidden City in Beijing once was.

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