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We’re Drew and Julie, American expats who have spent the past 3 years living in London. Now, we are setting off on a new expat adventure in Shenzhen, China. Follow along as we adjust to life in Asia and explore the world from our new home base. Join us if you are an avid explorer, armchair traveller or if you need a little inspiration for your next journey. LEARN MORE
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The Basics of Healthcare in China and the Perks of Expat Health Insurance

What is healthcare like in China? That was one of our first questions when we arrived as expats in Shenzhen, China. Figuring out a new healthcare system is always challenging for expats, because every country does things just a little bit different. We adjusted to one new system, in the UK, so we knew going in to expect another big change. The healthcare system in China is complex, having gone through massive changes since the 1970s. Under Chairman Mao, healthcare was provided...

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Walking Through History in Shanghai’s Former French Concession

A neighborhood with gangsters, crooked cops, and Russian bodyguards sounds like something out of a movie. Yet, imagine the scene not in New York or Chicago but in Shanghai, and more specifically in the neighborhood...

Shanghai Nightlife Guide to Roof Top Bars

The Shanghai Nightlife Guide to Rooftop Bars

What can I say, we have a soft spot for a strong drink with a view. At night, when the towering skyscrapers of Shanghai are lit up in a vast array of colors and lights, it is hard to imagine a more striking skyline...

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Failed and Updated: Our China Summer Bucket List

It’s about that time of year when school is starting and the weather is beginning to turn. Except here of course, where it’s still basically scorched earth and excessive sweating in public is a daily...

The Mandarin Oriental Sanya

The Secret Weekend Getaway to the Mandarin Oriental Sanya

Standing in the Shenzhen Airport terminal, Julie searched the departures board. Not to find the gate, or whether the flight was delayed. Nope. She didn’t know where we were going. For the previous two weeks, I...