China / My Chinese Dream


'My Chinese Working Day': An Australian's story


American in Beijing lives his Chinese dream


Russian underwater performers' Chinese dream


French entrepreneur's Chinese dream


American man applies to be 'Xicheng Dama'


Foreign mediator in China's 'world supermarket' Yiwu


'Baozza' restaurant will move to new location

Challenges and problems are learning opportunities

All in all 2016 has been a great year for us. I am always grateful that we are a cross-cultural family, living with people from all kinds of backgrounds. I hope I never stop learning from others.

'Foreign son-in-law' assists local village in tourism

A Frenchman, whose Chinese name is Ding Yimu, has worked as an assistant to the head of Hehong village in Ninghai county of Ningbo, Zhejiang province, for one year, and his main job is to promote tourism.

About My Chinese Dream

Since it provides myriad possibilities and opportunities, it is little wonder that in the 21st century it is the China Dream that everyone is talking about.

My China Dream is a weekly news feature launched in June 2012, which focuses on an expat who shares their experiences and hopes related to China.

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Formula for success

A veteran Italian businessman says a stranger's tip on his first visit to China has helped him find his own way in the country for more than two decades.

Uncle Hanzi is quite a character

He was just an academic with an unusual hobby - until his etymology website of Chinese characters became a smash hit online.

A Czech designer's passion for calligraphy

Jana Janeckova, the owner of Listdesign, a graphic design company in the Czech Republic, still rememberes the movie about Chinese calligraphy screened in Czech when she was a child.

Overseas interns build careers with roots in China

Having finished an international relations degree at an Australian university, Kathleen Rosser was ready for the working world. But with a sluggish global economy, she was facing a tough job market - especially as a recent graduate.

Murder leaves a heartfelt legacy

Relatives and friends of slain family raise funds to support poor communities that breed desperation and violence.

Materials man

From a curved roof made of timber inspired by a Chinese hat to disaster-relief shelters crafted from cardboard tubes, Shigeru Ban's designs have won wide acclaim.

Spaniard explores China on a bicycle

He has cycled across most of China and plans to keep traveling anywhere he can reach on two wheels.

UK teacher aids migrant child education

A British woman in Beijing finds her niche making schools for migrant children better places to learn.

S. Korean teacher's Chinese dream

Na Yoonseon, a teacher from Cheju Halla University of South Korea, commenced her teaching career in China since September of 2012. As a tofu lover, she came to the Qixu Village of Huainan City which is renowned for tofu-making for learning various local tofu recipes.

Playing with pandas

He started his career training the sea animals on New York's Coney Island, and now he has his dream job working with giant pandas in Chengdu.

Days at the Opera

A Russian-Irish artist's photographs of Peking Opera give a contemporary voice to the ancient art form.

Big shoes to fit

A specialty blacksmith from Ireland has become many horses' best friend in China, making sure their feet are healthy enough for the country's growing equestrian clubs.

Timeless tunes

When the two friends of some 50 years saw each other for the last time, at the older woman's deathbed, they spoke about a seven-string plucked instrument, guqin.

Healing touch

For many parents, collecting your children after school is an everyday chore. For Dr Diarra Boubacar, it was a rare treat.

Portraits from afar

As a National Geographic photographer, Michael Yamashita zooms in on places too far away for most of the outside world to see otherwise.

Mystery beneath

A British tai chi master in China lives the aspiration she shared with her late husband, who was her first teacher.

On a high note

An 87-year-old US jazz star is ensuring his legacy in China by training a blind 13-year-old piano prodigy.

Growing together

Ten years ago, Mike Parent arrived in the Tibet autonomous region to teach at the Braille Without Borders vocational school.

Grandpa from Arizona

August Dietz had a very clear vision in 2005. He says it was as if he saw a plane flying in the skies before him, and it was carrying a long red banner that said: "Go to China".

High-rise dreams in Beijing

The Chinese are dreaming big and building big. In Beijing, monumental infrastructure developments give public expression to China’s national pride, its ambition and its confidence in the future.