With 8 suitcases, a 2 year old and a 3 month old, our journey from North Carolina to China began. “It’s just for a couple years” my husband kept telling me, which I kept telling my friends and family. That was 7 years ago. In fact, as I finally sit down to write this on 6/1/2016, it’s almost to the day we moved to China.
Since then, we’ve moved 3 times, from Shenzhen (south of China) to Haiyang (North of China in Shandong Province) to now Qingdao (2 hours away from Haiyang). And time flies! Our kids were just babies when we moved here, now they are already in 2nd and 4th grade! I had my own clothing design business, but am now a full fledged expat wife and mommy. I couldn’t walk pass my gate to go to the grocery store without a translator, now I have a decent grip with Mandarin and have fun exploring.
It’s definitely not the easiest move, leaving family friends and loved ones, but it was the best decision we ever made. I started Qingdao Expat Survival Guide because even after we moved the short distance from Haiyang to Qingdao, it awakened the same feelings I had when we were newbie Expats 6 years prior. I wished back then I had a better idea – the real scoop on the good, bad and ugly- on how life would be like as an expat in China.
So hopefully my journey as an expat in China can help you too!