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

18 scenic places to teach ESL

by Michelle Schusterman

18 of the world’s most bike friendly cities

by Hal Amen

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

14 signs you’ve never had real Cantonese food

by Ting Yiu

It’s okay to hate Beijing

by Matt Hershberger

Truthfully, I miss shopping in socialist China

by LiAnne Yu

22 signs you’re a legit expat in China

by Whitney Shindelar

China’s Phoenix Towers will be the tallest, greenest buildings in the world

by Matt Hershberger

5 insane drinking games from around the world

by Kae Lani

12 signs you’ve been in China too long

by LiAnne Yu

Dream job alert: Apply to work with baby pandas!

by Katka Lapelosa

10 extraordinarily useful Mandarin Chinese phrases

by Jocelyn Eikenburg
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