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

6 sinful things you’ll get addicted to if you live in Beijing

by Bethan Williams

China’s gotten really good at ripping off the rest of the world’s cars

by Matador Team

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

Bamboo drifting in China is the most bizarre sport you have ever seen

by Blaze Nowara

Watch: Tourists are trying really hard to break this terrifying glass bridge in China

by Matt Hershberger

13 reasons to never take your kids to China

by Travel with Kids

Why every father should bring his toddler out for a mini adventure

by Stefen Chow

Meet the Chinese kids who have to climb a cliff to get to school

by Matt Hershberger

Dear travelers to China: please don’t visit until you’ve understood these 8 things

by Whitney Shindelar

9 side effects I’ve had as a traveler living in China

by Whitney Shindelar

6 myths vs realities of living in China, written by an American expat

by Whitney Shindelar

Watch the ‘leftover women’ of China reclaiming their power in this emotional video

by Morgane Croissant
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