Are you, my dear, fully prepared to bid adieu to the land of Kung Pao chicken and pandas? Oh, the adventure we have had, living as an expat in China! It hardly seems impossible that it is now time to depart because the cultural shock and new experiences have been so overpowering. There are a few things you should take care of before your next trip if you want to maximize your time in this vibrant nation. From trying bizarre foods to visiting local tourist attractions, this carefully curated list of seven must-dos before leaving China will ensure that you have an absolutely unforgettable experience! Are you braced for one final adventure in the land of the rising sun? My love, get your passport, and let's travel!

Let's begin by enjoying the unusual! With a wide variety of meals that are sure to titillate your taste buds in the most bizarre manner possible, Chinese food is truly something to witness.

There is something for every daring diner out there, from skewered fried scorpions to foul-smelling tofu.
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Of course, no trip to China would be complete without a visit to the Great Wall.

This awe-inspiring structure is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and with good reason. Any visitor to China must climb its majestic heights.

My first impression of China was of its rich history and culture. The country is home to countless ancient landmarks and attractions that are sure to leave you in awe. But what's even better is that these experiences don't just stay in China. They're great conversation starters when you return home. When you tell your loved ones about your experiences, they will be just as intrigued as you were.

I heartily suggest taking in Chinese opera as one special cultural experience. Although it might not be everyone's cup of tea, it is a stunning and well-known kind of art that is well viewing at least once. Among other things, everyone can appreciate Cantonese, Beijing, or Sichuan opera. And what better way to truly immerse yourself in the culture than by taking in a live performance? For those feeling especially adventurous, try sitting through all three! Although challenging, the reward is worthwhile.

Not to mention interacting with complete strangers for photo ops. To some foreigners residing in China, it could appear weird, but it's an important step. Taking pictures with the locals is a great way to get to know them and meet new people because they are so welcoming and friendly. So don't be frightened to relax and have fun!

China is a fantastic place to go because there are so many other places to see and activities to do in addition to these amazing experiences. Everyone can find something to enjoy, whether they prefer crowded cities or calm nature settings. So why are you still waiting? Pack your bags and come experience all that China has to offer!
While it may seem strange at first, these forced photo sessions are a true test of how much you've truly experienced China. Therefore, when establishing memories with locals, don't be afraid to say "cheese!" and grin.
If you haven't already, go to a nearby park, dress in your finest peace sign, and strike a pose.




  • Visit a Chinese Public Toilet: It may not be the most glamorous experience, but visiting a Chinese public toilet is a must-do for any expat in China.
    While they may not be as comfortable as Western toilets, they offer a unique insight into Chinese culture.
    Plus, it's a great story to tell when you return home.




  • Discover Local Tourist Attractions: While it's great to visit popular tourist destinations like the Yangtze River, the Bund in Shanghai, and the Forbidden City in Beijing, China is also home to many lesser-known tourist spots that are just as interesting and unique.

    Before you leave, I implore you to take a moment and delve into the depths of China's hidden treasures.



    Perhaps you could partake in a traditional Chinese drinking ritual called Ganbei, which translates to "Dry Glass." This is a wonderful way to experience the Chinese culture and make new friends, albeit it can be a bit overwhelming at first. You'll be expected to drink with the host and the other guests in order of seniority, so find a party or celebration and raise a glass (or several) before you bid adieu.


    As your time in China comes to an end, you may be wondering what to do next.

    Why not take your love for teaching and travel to new heights by exploring teaching English in South Korea or Thailand? These countries boast unique cultural experiences, delectable cuisine and a high demand for English teachers.

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