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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.

If your driver has zero or one star, you know you’re dead.
The next time you go to a restaurant, just get inside the kitchen and point at the...
Ride the maglev train from Shanghai to the airport at 420 km per hour.
Take a deep breath and accept this is how things work here.
The views these guys picked up along the way are beyond epic.
My idea of a fun vacation does not involve wearing an medical mask.
Liu Jianfeng worked as a journalist for fifteen years at the China Economic Times.
Behold the Xi’erqi subway station in Beijing, China, during morning rush hour.
How did a Danish-born, NYC-trained musician end up in Yunnan, southern China?
And that was it. Bringer of guilt and shame. V-neck of judgment.
Jon Zatkin was an American citizen who lived in Beijing, China, for over 25 years.
On China’s growing skateboard culture and the biggest skate park on Earth.
The Chinese government built the biggest, most elegant skate parks in the world.
Imagine, if you will, that you're teaching English in China.
He spoke loud and clear, “Whitney is the fattest person in our class.”
For almost $1000, I could play with six-month-old panda cubs for about five minutes.
He slumps in his mini-bus chair, refuses to make eye contact.
A violent relationship in China leads to finding a new godmother.
An experience can be “really cow-vagina.” Or a movie. Or a person.
Cultural immersion in China with a whole lot of alcohol.
Can you kill a man with a hot pot noodle? Probably not.
These words are so short and simple you can learn to use them immediately.
Sing along to these 8 bands to improve your Mandarin.