My first pair of tailor-made shoes in Shanghai

I had been wanting to try getting a pair of tailor-made shoes made for some time and finally received my new pair a couple of weeks ago. Why did I choose tailor-made shoes? I would have probably never attempted to have a pair made in the UK as it is so much more expensive than…

Shanghai’s best art museums

Visiting an art museum or gallery is always a good idea, no matter if you are travelling on a budget, are seeking indoor activities for smoggy or rainy days or are genuinely interested in art, culture and history. Our favourite places in Shanghai for creative inspiration are the M50 Creative Park, the China Art Museum…

Suzhou’s ancient town and gardens

I have to admit that even though Suzhou is just a 30 minute train ride away, I haven’t made it there until recently! A little knackered from the previous long day at Hangzhou’s Xixi Wetland Park and Lonjing tea fields at the West Lake (catch up on my previous blog entry here), my friend – who…

Xixi Wetland Park, Hangzhou

In late October, one of my best friends from Germany came to visit us in Shanghai and apart from showing him all the main sights, rooftop bars and top restaurants in Shanghai, we took the train to discover Hangzhou and Suzhou. As I’ve seen quite a bit of the West Lake for my birthday weekend…

How to find the right apartment in Shanghai

Many new expats are put off by the thought of having to find an apartment or house by themselves, often in a very short time frame. Finding an apartment can be fairly easy, as there’s a lot of choice, but you need to decide quickly as new apartments on the market could go within days or even hours. This is my guideline based on personal experience to help you find the right apartment or house in Shanghai –

My birthday weekend in Hangzhou

Having talked about going to Hangzhou for easily a year, my birthday weekend seemed like the perfect occasion for a short getaway. Together with friends, we booked rooms at the Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale (sounds fancy, right?) which is situated at the top of Hangzhou’s main attraction and UNESCO world heritage sight: the West Lake….

Shanghai’s immaculate roads

With temperatures dropping to low twenties, Shanghai is finally getting ready for autumn. And that means, it’s so much more pleasant now to roam the streets. When we moved house in June from a big compound in a very local and pretty distant district to an old colonial French building on a quiet street in…

Two nights in Moganshan

If you live in Shanghai, are dreaming of escaping the heat and just can’t wait for your next vacation – or, like me, just don’t have enough annual leave days left – then Moganshan is the place for you. I have to confess that I went to Moganshan back in April when my parents were…

Your checklist for moving to China

Now that we’ve lived for almost a year in Shanghai, I would like to share my knowledge with newbies who are about to move to China. Especially all those things I wanted to know and couldn’t find out before we left! Apps to download for China Translator, Pleco & Google Translate    It’s extremely important…

Beijing’s blossoms in April

With the weather getting hotter and more humid every day, I thought it’s time to finally write about our 5-day spring holiday with his parents in Beijing. We were lucky as it was sunny with low pollution levels on most days and the Tomb Sweeping Holiday had just ended, so the sightseeing places were not…