World Cup 2018: Where to Watch

World Cup 2018: Where to Watch We’re a bit more than a week into the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and Guiyang is going crazy for it. The last time the World Cup took place, finding a good spot to watch a game was a struggle, and the very late night games were near-impossible. This year, you can see the games on all over the city. I’ve seen games broadcast on the big screen outside Hunter … Continue reading

Everyday Food Guide Part 1: Soup

Everyday Food Guide Part 1: Soup Welcome to Part 1 on a short series of common Chinese dishes. I’m using the menu from a chain restaurant for reference, so you’ll see it in each part of the series. The restaurant is all over Guiyang, and it’s called 身养煨汤. You can spot it by looking for the huge clay soup jars on either side of the doorway. This isn’t exactly an article on this specific restaurant, … Continue reading

Living in Guiyang Guide: Cough and Cold Medicine

Stop Coughing Medicine Guiyang Medicine Guide Guizhou

Living in Guiyang Guide: Cough and Cold Medicine Coming down with a cold is never fun. When you’re in a strange country and can’t find familiar medicines to treat what ails you, getting sick can be more than a little inconvenient. It’s no secret that there’s no cure for the common cold. China, however, has some great cold medicine that can get you back on your feet in record time. Keep in mind that I’m … Continue reading

1919 Booze Delivery App

Beer 1919 Beer and Alcohol Delivery App Guiyang Guizhou

1919 Booze Delivery App In general, if I want a drink I’ll head to one of Guiyang’s many bars to satisfy my craving and socialize a bit. However, on the advice of a friend, I decided to check out 1919. It’s an alcohol delivery app with a slogan that translates to “Quickly Drink.” They’re not exaggerating, either. I’ve had a delivery come in 22 minutes, and another come in an unbelievable 17 minutes. You do … Continue reading

Guiyang Snack Guide: Fried Rice

Guiyang Bites Guizhou Guide to Chaofan Stand

Guiyang Snack Guide: Fried Rice Fried rice, or chǎofàn (炒饭), stands line the streets of Guiyang from early evening on through the night. Their colorful arrays of sliced veggies are eye-catching and easy to order. To identify whether a street vendor sells fried rice, look for a wok. If they have a wok, chances are they do fried rice. Many places also have a grid of boxes or baskets filled with finely sliced vegetables. These ones … Continue reading

Guiyang Snack Guide: Dumplings

Guide to Guiyang Dumplings Guantangbao

Guiyang Snack Guide: Dumplings Dumplings can be found all over the city and China as a whole. To find one, look for stacked steaming trays. They can be either bamboo or metal, and sit atop a steaming counter or cart. There are many kinds of dumplings with an unending variety of fillings, but today we’ll go through the three types you’ll see most around Guiyang. All of them are pork-filled. jiǎozi 饺子 The absolute most … Continue reading

QuickTo Bicycle Share

QuickTo Bike Sharing

Back again with yet another bike sharing app! This time, we’ll be signing up for QuickTo, my bike sharing app of choice. QuickTo, called 快兔出行, or Fast Rabbit Bike Rental, in Chinese, is the app associated with the green bikes you can see around Guiyang. I’m not sure why it has a low rating on my app store, because the app ran smoothly and the bikes are nice and readily available around town.  You’ll need: … Continue reading

Vegetarian Food

buddhist restaurant eggplant dish guiyang guizhou

You’ve made the move to Guiyang, possibly from the other side of the world. Before you moved, you’d heard that China has many different kinds of tofu, plenty of egg dishes, and lots of fresh veggies sold on every street corner. Your information wasn’t wrong, just incomplete. In China, pork is life. It’s so important that it doesn’t even need a special word; it’s simply referred to as meat. As a result, local cooks sneak … Continue reading

Zhongwen Browser Extension

Zhongwen Hover Translation

Many people, when first coming to Guiyang, don’t speak or read much Chinese. This is the first guide in a series for helpful tools that can make navigating a new place in a different language a little bit easier. The focus of today’s guide is an extension for the Google Chrome browser. If you don’t use that browser, I’m sure there are other extensions with similar functions, but this is the one I use.  Zhongwen: … Continue reading

Taobao Guide Part 1: Register

Taobao Logo

One thing that many expats find most difficult about being away from home is not knowing where to buy something they need. Most employers have someone in the office to help new foreigners get what they need, but it doesn’t always feel great to bother someone on their day off because you don’t know where to buy a hammer or some good cheese. Online shopping helps you get some of your independence back, and with … Continue reading