A Land Evolved from Tea: 8 Ways to Enjoy Wuyi Shan

It amazed me in Wuyi Shan (the Wuyi Mountains) — the No. 1 must see of China’s Fujian province — how many Chinese travellers we met from Shanghai, 1000 or so kilometres away. They had come, they told me, to […]

How I managed to achieve 96% in my HSK 3 Chinese exam and how you can too

HSK stands for Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (汉语水平考试). It’s a standard Chinese language test with 6 levels. HSK 1 is the lowest and HSK 6 the highest. HSK 3 comes somewhere in the middle. In the post I explain what I […]

A park for Tan Kah Kee, the man who turned this sleepy fishing village into a bustling university hub

Tan Kah Kee’s university town, once a simple fishing village In Jimei, hometown of the famous Tan Kah Kee, you can smell the sea long before you reach it. This isn’t so much due to the salty water itself, but […]

You Never Know What’s Going to Happen: Handling Thyroid Cancer as an Expat – Part 3


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 For the past two weeks, I’ve blogged about my story about thyroid cancer. I found out about it in China and I considered having removed there, but eventually decided to return to Poland for […]

In search of the South Shaolin Temple | The Birthplace of South Chinese Martial Arts

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South Shaolin Temple… Never heard of it? You may have heard of the North Shaolin Temple (Shaolin Monastery) in Henan. But few have heard of its little brother, the South Shaolin Temple just outside of Putian. It’s located just outside a […]

You Never Know What’s Going to Happen: Handling Thyroid Cancer as an Expat – Part 2

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Last week I blogged about how I found out about my thyroid cancer while living in Putian (a developing city in China). This week I want to continue my story up to just after […]

A new impression of Fuzhou—the delights we found in a sprawling metropolis

As the administrative capital of Fujian province, China, it’s easy to believe Fuzhou lacking in character. We’d been to this city numerous times. But our experiences had been of hospital blocks and Fuzhou main station. Neither are the prettiest of […]