• 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…