The Pros and Cons of a Chinese Medical Examination: A Light-Hearted Journey into Cultural Differences

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“A smile will gain you ten more years of life.” – Chinese Proverb

China’s flirtation with an experimental blend of communist-come-capitalist society is one of the most discussed topics of the 21st century . The cultural differences between Chinese and Western society are an increasingly discussed theme in today’s academic and media landscapes and . With its increasing prominence on the global stage, this land of no-longer sleeping dragons is making people consider more and more just what and who is China?

Having recently visited Hangzhou, China for a three week period over Easter, I feel I am a little closer to answering this question. Below I will set out my recent experience of attempting to undergo medical examination in both my home country of the United Kingdom, and my chosen host country; China. Finally I hope that I will be able to add some years to your life, as the Chinese proverb that begins this essay states, as I certainly added many to mine. Continue Reading…

A Guide to Backpacking in Indonesia – Part 2

In Part 1, which is available for viewing here, we looked at Indonesia’s most popular backpacking locations which provide visitors with a feel and impression for the entire country. In Part 2, we delve a little deeper and turn our attention to the country’s transport infrastructure and how best to move around, Indonesian cuisine and its most popular dishes, society and culture, and the accommodation options available to those backpacking and moving through the islands. Continue Reading…

Backpacking India – Part 1


With countless attractions, not to mention cheap food, transport and accommodation, India is a dream location for many backpackers. With so much to see and do in this amazing country, we will split this blog into two parts; with part one focusing on must-see and highly recommended places to visit for any backpacking journey. Continue Reading…

Mexico on a Shoestring

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Mexico on a shoestring

Jungles, beaches, ancient architecture, wonderful cuisine and a vibrant nightlife all await visitors to Mexico; and it continues to be a popular destination for young travelers and backpackers in particular. A trip to Mexico can fit easily into many people’s travel plans, so here we list the best and least expensive ways to enjoy a visit to this amazing country.

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