For thousands of years, China has made countless technological and cultural contributions to the world. Today the country is evolving into a dynamic economic force.

Whether you’re visiting China to study trade or language, admire the Terra Cotta warriors in Xian, or run a marathon on the Great Wall of China, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the country’s customs, ethnicities, and expat experiences.

Use Matador’s archives to find direction. Contributors who have lived in various cities offer first-hand advice about cultural etiquette, useful Mandarin phrases, and the best places to dine. There are also recommendations for shopping in Shanghai and experiencing a fire massage. Matador’s photo essays on Tibet and Chinese Lunar New Year’s Celebrations and hand drawn sketches of the Chinese countryside offer insightful glimpses into lesser known images of the country.

China Articles

Emily Hahn: The opium-smoking author who lived with pygmies in Congo

by Ailsa Ross

10 experiences you need to have in China before you die

by Shannon Ullman

21 signs you’re a legit expat in China

by Whitney Shindelar

For China’s Kardashian-like rich, the era of bling may be ending — in prison

by Robert Foyle Hunwick

5 off-the-radar ancient villages in south China (that don’t charge entrance fees)

by Gaetan Green

Customs to know before visiting China

by C Noah Pelletier

Etiquette for ‘splitting the bill’ around the world

by Candice Walsh

8 underground cities and tunnels you can visit

by Michelle Schusterman

How to: Travel around China without speaking the language

by Aniko Villalba

Ride the world’s fastest train in Shanghai

by Joshywashington

How to get started sandboarding

by Harriet Potter

I’m Chinese American. But it took moving to Hawai’i to embrace my identity.

by Louise Hung

The top 12 places for teaching English abroad

by Kelly Lalonde

Many Chinese gays prefer fake marriages to facing family at home

by Joanna Chiu

6 endangered animals that poachers are hunting into extinction

by Jessica Phelan

I’ve been in and out of China for twenty years. Here’s what Americans get wrong about our country.

by Lilian Min

You’ll soon be able to take a road trip from Moscow to New York

by Morgane Croissant

Chinese woman crosses continent and pays thousands to rescue 100 dogs from Dog-Eating Festival

by Alex Scola
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