China

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
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How I ended up working for a Chinese mafia boss

by Marko Randelovic

Why many Chinese migrant workers won’t return from the New Year holiday

by Allison Jackson

Here’s why some of China’s biggest and most expensive buildings sit empty.

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

by Gaetan Green
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Customs to know before visiting China

by C Noah Pelletier
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Etiquette for ‘splitting the bill’ around the world

by Candice Walsh
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8 underground cities and tunnels you can visit

by Michelle Schusterman
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How to: Travel around China without speaking the language

by Aniko Villalba

Ride the world’s fastest train in Shanghai

by Joshywashington
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How to get started sandboarding

by Harriet Potter

As Beijing’s smog gets worse, residents are buying bottled Canadian air by the canister

by Matt Hershberger

How I came to appreciate my Chinese heritage one Christmas

by Pamela Chan

Things that never go right in China

by Mikhala Stutzman

Why millions of Chinese parents left their children behind

by Joanna Chiu

7 harvest festivals around the world that make Thanksgiving look boring

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

by Louise Hung
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8 habits I lost in China

by Danica Bansie
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How living overseas drained the extrovert out of me

by Emily Jackson
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