The Great Wall of China Jinshanling

The Great Wall of China Jinshanling

One of the most pathetic things I’ll admit to about myself is that I might just be the most ungrateful traveler known to man. I grew up in the valley of Arizona, which is surrounded by picturesque mountains and cactus-filled deserts. Only did I start taking advantage of them a month before I left toContinue Reading

Chengdu City Guide – Pandas, Peppers, Paradise

Chengdu City Guide – Pandas, Peppers, Paradise

When Sichuan province comes to mind, one could easily trail off into thoughts of pandas, a world-famous cuisine, and the notorious home of China’s most beautiful women. All said trademarks are certainly reason enough to drop what you’re doing and explore this picture-perfect southern region. But here’s the thing: Chengdu, Sichuan’s capital, is in. I’m talkingContinue Reading

Phone Plans in China – What to Know

Phone Plans in China – What to Know

I came to China with a DROID (insert robot noise here) that had a cracked screen and an “international service plan” which basically meant I could use my phone…but it was gonna cost the big bucks. I currently have a friend paying $147/month for his T-Mobile international plan. I honestly think I paid $200/month forContinue Reading

Xiamen City Guide – The Garden Island

Xiamen City Guide – The Garden Island

Consistently ranked highly as a “suitable city for living”, as well as being named China’s “most romantic leisure city,” Xiamen offers an incredible environment to live in, accessible only by one of the four bridges from mainland China. Located in the south eastern province of Fujian and famous for its tree-lined beaches and fresh seaContinue Reading

Meet Kyle, The Man Determined To Help You Learn Mandarin

Meet Kyle, The Man Determined To Help You Learn Mandarin

    Can you introduce yourself? Hi I’m Kyle Balmer (白马楷)and I run Sensiblechinese.com, hanziwallchart.com and I’m a co-founder of WaiChinese. All are companies revolved around teaching the Chinese language to foreigners and helping them learn Mandarin well. Sensible Chinese is a blog with a focus on providing a sensible methodology for learning Chinese, HanziContinue Reading

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