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

For everyone who says living abroad isn’t ‘real life’

by Louise Hung

How living overseas drained the extrovert out of me

by Emily Jackson

8 habits I lost in China

by Danica Bansie

I lived in Beijing during military lockdown. Here’s why I’ll never go back.

by Anne Krapu

7 harvest festivals around the world that make Thanksgiving look boring

by Allison Jackson

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

It might be too late to fix what China’s one-child policy broke

by Allison Jackson

This dreamy drone footage will challenge your idea of what China looks like

by Morgane Croissant

10 extraordinarily useful Mandarin Chinese phrases

by Jocelyn Eikenburg

8 American habits I lost in China

by Lauren Steffen

10 things you’ll miss when you leave China

by Shannon Ullman

21 signs you’re a legit expat in China

by Whitney Shindelar
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