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

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

by Whitney Shindelar

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

by Whitney Shindelar

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

by Whitney Shindelar

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

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

by Morgane Croissant

This is what the most epic train ride in the world will take you to see

by Morgane Croissant

What’s killing China’s judges?

by Robert Foyle Hunwick

Here’s why more and more countries are ignoring the US and helping China capture its critics

by Patrick Winn

Those Mardi Gras beads you’re throwing around aren’t harmless. Here’s why.

by Matt Hershberger

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

by Allison Jackson

How I ended up working for a Chinese mafia boss

by Marko Randelovic

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

by Jessica Phelan
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