Getting Beyond the "Postcard China" in Travel | Speaking of China

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  1. Michelle
    Michelle December 8, 2010 at 3:12 am | | Reply

    I completely agree! Making friends with locals has made my experience so much more unique than my American friends who come here to study abroad and end up hanging out with only foreigners. To be honest, though, having a Chinese boyfriend has not helped much in exploring the city, since I am a lot more familiar with off the beaten path places than he is =)

    I read your interview with the travel blog China 2.0 with Winser Zhao. Small world! I am now working at China Luxury Travel Network, and Winser is my co-worker there!

  2. Alexandra
    Alexandra December 8, 2010 at 4:13 pm | | Reply

    The college I attended paired us up with a Chinese partner, I got lucky in that mine was the best english speaker, teacher, and nicest girl! She became my best friend in no time. So I agree with you! My favourite place in all of China is my best friends village, spending time there helping to prepare food, share a little room, and just hang out Chinese style is the best.

  3. Magnus
    Magnus December 8, 2010 at 11:03 pm | | Reply

    Totally agree with getting away from the POSTCARD China. With my wife there are places that I can’t ever begin to explain to my family. She has relatives in Chongming Island in Shanghai…totally countryside but I want to go back SO bad!

    And making dumplings with loved ones is always a good thing.

  4. Jessica
    Jessica December 9, 2010 at 6:33 am | | Reply

    I love off the beaten path China. I could never live in my husband’s countryside hometown, but I look forward to our yearly visits back probably more than he does. The countryside isn’t for everyone, but it can be awesome if you give it a chance.

  5. travellyn
    travellyn April 18, 2011 at 5:22 am | | Reply

    I have done some traveling in China and I loved the country. One of our nicest experiences was enjoying a Chinese meal with and elderly couple in the Hutong area in Beijing. They were such a warm and welcoming couple and we met their daughter and son during lunch, and learn t about their lives. It was just so interesting to be able to have that interaction. How long have you lived in China?
    Thanks for the information on teaching and volunteering abroad. A very helpful article.

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