Should I take up an international job contract in Shanghai?

Now that I’ve moved in Japan and have a bit of hindsight and perspective I thought I’d share my thoughts for those of you considering making the big move to Shanghai, or perhaps elsewhere in China. I moved to China for a teaching position at an international school at very short notice and had an…

Zhujajiao 朱家角 – Shanghai’s 1,700 year old water town

If you are thinking of where to go on a day trip near Shanghai either with friends or visitors – look no further, Zhujiajiao is the place to go! This ancient water town can now easily be reached within about 1-1.5 hours on the new metro line 17’s penultimate stop. I have to admit, walking…

10 days in Yunnan – our itinerary

We just returned from our road trip in Yunnan and before we start writing about our discoveries and impressions of one of China’s most beautiful landscapes, we’d like to share our travel itinerary with you. Planning where to go in Yunnan and how to get to and around each place was a difficult start as…

Shanghai Photography Walk

Last Saturday we were very fortunate to go on a private photography walk with Franc Peret, a professional filmmaker and photographer based in Shanghai. These are just some of the outcomes of our street photography in the Former French Concession (near Tianzifang) and what we learned… A common sight in China is people collecting and…

Tiger Hill in Suzhou

Once upon a time, a white tiger appeared on the hill to guard it after the burial of King Helü, king of the state Wu until 496 BC … or so the legend says! After a day of Suzhou’s parks and gardens, we decided to head to Tiger Hill which features a leaning pagoda that was…

Discovering Suzhou’s landscapes

As we sat at Daga Brewpub’s rooftop terrace on a warm and sunny afternoon two weekends ago, we decided to make the most of the spring weather and spend the weekend in Suzhou. While enjoying our iced coffee, we quickly decided to book Garden Hotel Suzhou due to its prime location in the heart of…

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…

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…