Obtain a Chinese driver’s license

How to obtain a Chinese driver’s license with one from home By Carl Hoopingarner Packing into a subway squeezed against a dozen different strangers is not anyone’s idea of an ideal commute yet that i...

Tianjin Museum

The Tianjin Museum is on the southwest corner of Galaxy Plaza, opened in 2013. It is beautiful inside, very spacious and quiet and elegant, home to many artifacts from Tianjin (and China)’s lon...

One Way to Change RMB to USD

If you are just your average English teacher expat without 50,000 USD to put into Citibank or HSBC to open an account so that you can transfer funds online, you might find it a bit of a hassle change...

D-Mart

This is a wonderful store in Ao Cheng that carries just about everything you can imagine. Among the many things they carry are Food Coloring, Baking Powder, Tortilla Chips, Vanilla Extract, Canned Ve...

Leo Kids Gym

The children’s gymnastics gym at Leo Gym in the Olympic Swimming Center is the first recreational gymnastics gym in the city! With classes geared toward children ages 2-12, the program is based...

How to Pay for Your Cell Phone

One of the most convenient ways to pay for your phone is the above machine. You can find them in many little markets, and once you know what they are, you’ll probably notice them everywhere. Ap...

Art Material Gallery

This is the art store of the Tianjin Fine Arts Academy located by the Jingang Bridge (the orange one near the Tianjin Eye). This store has just about everything you could possibly want and it’s...

Jiulongshan Mountain Forest Park

This is the favorite geopark of the author of this post, but that may only be because it is the only large one she has yet visited out here. After city parks, and even the artificial “forest pa...