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Three Years in China In Pictures

Today is a day that, when I first came to China, I never thought I’d celebrate. It’s now the 12th August 2015 (in China, anyway) and that mark’s my 3rd year on Chinese soil (my Chinaversary!). I never dreamt that I would be here for so long. So, to celebrate and reminisce, this post will look back at all the good times – and bad – that I’ve had here.

Style Chinese people here will more than happily head outside in their pyjamas, work out at the gym in their jeans and heels and lift their T-shirts above their nipples in warmer weather. This being the case, has led to me also having some questionable fashion choices on more than one occasion.

McDonalds does hats
McDonalds does hats

Where's my bike?
Where’s my bike?
Quite the fashionable straw hairpiece
Quite the fashionable straw hairpiece
Umbrella Hats
Umbrella Hats
Paint - all over my face!
Paint – all over my face!
Nice raincoat
Nice raincoat

Friends I’ve met some amazing people during my time here. Goodbyes and a traveller’s lifestyle go hand in hand. No one likes goodbyes, but the memories and friendships I’ve made with these people have been fantastic. And, whenever we reunite, I know we’ll have just as much fun every time.

Pandas - New favourite animal by default
Pandas – New favourite animal by default
So many Smiles!
So many Smiles!

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Chopstick Walrus'
Chopstick Walrus’
Broom broom
Broom broom
Chinese New Year - Beijing
Chinese New Year – Beijing
1st Chinese Christmas
1st Chinese Christmas

Oh Christmas Tree
Oh Christmas Tree

Food Everyone loves food, especially the Chinese! There are a few questionable numbers thrown onto your plate at times, but the food I’m willing to eat (which sure is a lot now) is delicious! Don’t get me wrong, I still crave my western treats at time, but I now find myself craving real Chinese food when I’m at home, too.

Anni's delicious mug cake
Anni’s delicious mug cake

Dirty Kitchen Delights
Dirty Kitchen Delights

Korean BBQ
Korean BBQ
When all else fails, grab a pot noodle.
When all else fails, grab a pot noodle.
Deep fried bug on a stick - not as common (or as disgusting) as you think.
Deep fried bug on a stick – not as common (or as disgusting) as you think.

Work I’ve had various jobs since living in China. I started out as an English teacher for Grade 1. There I taught classes of up to 50 five year olds. I also taught private adult classes in the evening. I moved to Chengdu and become a teacher at a training school. Here I taught classes of 1 – 4 children or adults. I also dabbled in a bit of voice recording. Next time you’re using an English book in school, I could well be that British female voice you hear on the CD. I wrote sentences for a company. And most recently I wrote scripts and acted in over 4000 videos for the leading English learning app in China. How about that for a colourful CV?

5 Santas Perform
5 Santas Perform
Trip to the Zoo
Trip to the Zoo
Best Teachers - oh yeh!
Best Teachers – oh yeh!

English and Irish voice recording
English and Irish voice recording
Lights, Camera, Action!
Lights, Camera, Action!
Standard day at work
Standard day at work

Study After spending a year and a half working in China, I decided to do something more with my time and finally enrol on a degree programme at Sichuan University where I am currently studying Chinese. That’s not all I’ve learnt since being here though!

I've learnt to develop a love/hate relationship for KTV.
I’ve learnt to develop a love/hate relationship for KTV.
China 41
Three on a bike is a’okay!
China 59
Practise makes perfect
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Tai Chi – A compulsory uni course
China 8
I’ve learnt to like beer – and lots of it!
My first (and definitely not my last) calligraphy class.
My first (and definitely not my last) calligraphy class.
China 7
My ability to write in Chinese has gone from this…
...to this!
…to this!
The classic flat foot squat is now considered a fairly comfortable position.
The classic flat foot squat is now considered a fairly comfortable position.
No car? No problem! Carrying everything after a successful ikea shopping trip.
No car? No problem! Carrying everything after a successful ikea shopping trip.

Experiences Of course, living, working and studying in China comes with many new experiences. I’ve climbed mountains, bathed in hot springs, travelled to countless colourful cities, eaten unknown meats and more!

The Beautiful Bund
The Beautiful Bund
Dancing with my new kebab friends
Dancing with my new kebab friends
Not all massages are relaxing...
Not all massages are relaxing…
Making babies cry
Making babies cry
Park Massage
Park Massage
We reached the top!
We reached the top!

So Pretty!
So Pretty!
Budda Selfie!
Budda Selfie!
Showing the park masseuses themselves on TV (Karl Pilkington's Idiot Abroad - Check it out!)
Showing the park masseuses themselves on TV (Karl Pilkington’s Idiot Abroad – Check it out!)
Getting very lifelike portraits...
Getting very lifelike portraits…
THE wall
THE wall
So many cameras pointing at... me?
So many cameras pointing at… me?

Visitors One of my favourite times here was showing my parents around. Understandably, they were a little reserved about my initial decision to move to China. But, after a visit across the pond, they could see why I’m here doing what I’m doing. And I’ll be able to show them around even more next year! (note to Mum and Dad: it’s published on the internet now so you have to book your flights!)

Enjoying a chilled Tsing Tao in Xi'an
Enjoying a chilled Tsing Tao in Xi’an
Cute
Cute
The Great Wall
The Great Wall
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
They would've switched me for that panda in a heartbeat!
They would’ve switched me for that panda in a heartbeat!
Trying hard to enjoy Sichuan's traditional hot pot
Trying hard to enjoy Sichuan’s traditional hot pot

Special Mentions Each and every person I’ve met here is a very special person. They’ve all decided to leave the life they know, experience a completely different culture and made this experience ever so slightly better. I’ve picked up a few furry friends along the way, and one extra special person to join me in this weird and wonderful journey <3

China 77
I’d take him home if I could
Ember (we miss you)
Ember (we miss you)
Lunar
Lunar
Bella
Bella

China you drive me crazy, but I love you. Let the good times keep on coming.

8 thoughts on “Three Years in China In Pictures

  1. Lovely update Emma. Your journey to China is nothing compared to the journey you’ve been on since you got there. You’ve achieved so much. And so pleased we are a small part of that. xx

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