Welcome to The China Guru

A place to explore China, Chinese culture, and the Chinese language

As someone who has long been fascinated by China, I created this website in early 2018 to indulge that fascination and hopefully help others with the same interests. I have a lot of stories, media, learning materials, and advice to share, so I’ll be building this site for years to come. I’m making regular additions and updates to the site’s content. I hope you’ll find something interesting or helpful here.

Read about and see photos and video of the many fascinating places in China, read stories about my travel experiences, and get tips, resources, and referrals to help you prepare for a trip to China.

Read about and find unique additional sources of information about many aspects of Chinese culture, including customs, history, philosophy and literature, art, cinema, cuisine, tea, and martial arts.

Explore resources, advice, and learning materials for students of Mandarin covering a wide range of levels and topics, from introductory information for travelers to curated vocabulary lists for advanced learners.

Recent Blog Posts

Blog posts about traveling in China, learning Mandarin, Chinese culture, China news, and cultural events

The China Guru’s 2018 Holiday Shopping Guide for China-Themed Gifts

If you have a friend or relative who is interested in Chinese culture, this shopping guide should help you find an appropriate gift. This guide is the result of years of research, and I have direct personal experience with many of the gift ideas listed here. Please contact me if you have questions about any items on this list or any suggestions for future...

Contemporary Mandarin Slang Part 2: Flirting, Dating, Romance, Marriage, and Heartbreak

Here is another collection of Mandarin slang expressions—some of the more commonly used expressions I’ve come across in chatting with and listening to native speakers, and in books like Eveline Chao’s Niubi! The Real Chinese You Were Never Taught in School, Zhou Yimin and James J. Wang’s Mutant Mandarin, James J. Wang's Outrageous Chinese: A...

Contemporary Mandarin Slang Part 1: Compliments and Insults

One fascinating effect of China's continuing growth and modernization on its popular culture is the explosion in slang expressions that has occurred in recent years, in large part because of the use of the Internet by ever-larger numbers of Chinese citizens. As in the United States, wildly creative, funny, and vulgar new slang expressions can become...

Happy Year of the Dog!

In honor of the Year of the Dog, I present photos of dogs I've taken all across China. Enjoy, and have a healthy and prosperous year! 新年快乐!恭喜发财!万事如意!身体健康!