It took me a while to travel to China as it’s just SO BIG. I didn’t know where the hell to start. It’s such a vast country with so many different personalities. So, I recommend that with big countries like China, you just start somewhere!

I began teaching English in China in Shanghai to begin with. Shanghai is one hell of a playground. The street art in Shanghai is amazeballs. For a brief time, I did burlesque in Shanghai too.

From there, I did so much hiking in China. I hiked the world’s most dangerous trail in Huashan. I also hiked from Dazhai to Pingan and loved exploring Xingping.

I then went back to China a year later and learnt self defense techniques in Dali. Man…I gotta get back to this country!

Teaching jobs in China for foreigners

Avoid These 10 Mistakes! Teaching Jobs in China for Foreigners

My first year teaching abroad in China as an English teacher was a disaster. I was teaching English (one of the most popular teaching jobs in China for foreigners) and was severely underpaid. Living and working on a factory-lined highway (where I was the only foreigner for miles), I was working for a school that wasn’t legally allowed to hire me. I even had to owe up to $8,000 (my entire salary for the year) if I tried to leave early. Yikes.
Blogger Alice standing in front of a chinese door in China

Things about China that will Make You Want to Visit

Are you considering visiting the epic, jaw-dropping, and mystical land of China? China is a vast landscape teeming with different personalities, treasures, opportunities and delights. However, it can be overwhelming considering where one can even begin!
Ants on your food

Be a badass: Shanghai Gangster Tour

Far away from the pumping neon-lit streets of Shanghai’s glitz and glam nightlife, deep within the seemingly tranquil and leafy tree-lined streets of the French Concession, Shanghai has a dark and ‘candy’ fuelled past. Are you searching for an alternative and wonderfully informative evening in Shanghai? Push aside your current identity and join Teacake in the exciting and dangerous underworld of the Shanghai Gangster Tour!
Xingping Fishing Village Laundry

Hanging Out With Bill Clinton In Xingping China

I just had to get the hell out of Shanghai. A city which I have struggled to form a bond with for the last year and a half. Through the diminishing ancient culture, thick smoggy skies and an increasing feeling of being in a metropolis enclosure, our relationship result has come out as a C minus.
Laozhai Mountain Peak Xingping

Two Hikes In Xingping China You Cannot Miss

Xingping is one delightful little village in Guangxi, China. The minute I stepped off the bamboo boat which had transported me along the magical scenery of Li River, I felt like a traveller in an adventure candy shop.
Shopping in Xingping

Day tripping from Yangshou: Xingping

Looking for a quaint, traditional and delightful piece of China in the glorious mountains of Guilin? Chasing that thrill of discovering somewhere cute and delightful along the beautiful waters of Li River that Yangshou used to be like?
Li River Bamboo Raft Tour Xingping

Li River Bamboo Raft Tour: Yangshou China

Dreaming of exploring the stunning, vast, mystical limestone landscape of these dragon-teeth peaks as they reach up to the deep blue sky? Visualising inner peace and clarity as you soar along these idyllic waters and watch the peaceful world go by? Forget it. It’s possible but the Li River Bamboo Raft Tour from Yangdi to Xinping in Guangxi, China is most definitely not the answer: this tour sucks. Read on to find out why it’s a let down and where the cheaper, calmer and more local experience is
Dragons Backbone Rice Terraces

Hiking in China: Dazhai to Pingan Hike

Do you want to know how to successfully navigate the Dazhai to Pingan hike through the eye-popping dragon’s backbone rice terraces in Longsheng, Guangxi, China? Teacake has the answer! Pop your hiking boots on and pack your snappy camera: we’re going on an adventure! Feeling like an armchair adventurer today instead? No problem! Cruise the photos and enjoy the ride!
Box Street art in Shanghai

M50: Street Art in Shanghai

Push, squeeze and pull yourself through the crazy glitz, glamour and hordes of Gucci clad, cash-splashing Shanghainese in Jingan and you will materialise at the other end, in Shanghai’s grey and polluted waters of Suzhou Creek.

What’s that in my soup?!

Teacake prides herself on being able to eat pretty much anything. You want me to eat that snail? No problem. Want me to eat that chicken’s heart? No problem. Want to chop up an octopus alive, swish it in oil and feed it to me? No problem. However, sometimes I’m faced with the reality of what I’m actually eating and then…well…I don’t feel too good.