• Asia,  China,  Travel

    Culture Shock in Beijing – How to Embrace “Difference”

    Experiencing new cultures or culture shock is par for the course when you’re traveling abroad. The idea of immersing ourselves in a culture vastly different than our own is intoxicating, but what at first feels like an adventure can quickly transform into¬† an experience that causes us discomfort, uncertainty and even fear. There aren’t too many places or cultures that have made me feel this way, but when I touched down in Mainland China for the first time, the cultural difference was palpable. And while I’d never let a single negative experience colour my view of an entire country or culture, it was a good while before China revealed her…