About Us

Aurora playing on the beach with her best friend

what life is really like in china

Hi! A little more information about us:

We are a family that lives and works in China, for the moment and we want people to see China through our eyes, a family that live and work here and kids that go to school. What you will see is the “real” China. Therefore, you will experience our daily life in China as we live it.

As a family we are not rich or poor, rather we are comfy. However, we do make enough to show you that here in China you can have a very comfortable lifestyle if you have work and follow the rules.

Gibby

The oldest

Where to start? I was born in London, U.K. a long time ago, now I am living and working in China. I married Aviva, had 2 kids, Aurora and Gabriel and we own a dog, snowball. I have done all sorts so far. Served in the Royal Signals (Army), after that I sold beds, renovated houses, taught English and ran training schools. There is so much more but that covers the main ones. It became apparent that living a “normal” life for me and Aviva was not on the cards, we are both not built that way, so here we are sharing what we do, how we do it and why. I hope you enjoy the journey with us.

Things I love:

  • Travelling (anywhere)
  • Building (anything)
  • Sailing
  • Camping
  • My family

Aviva

The toughest

I am the happiest mum, wife in the world. I have met my soul mate and we love doing what we do. Taking pictures, writing stuff down, making lists and taking care of everyone the best I can is what I am passionate about. I have taught English (that’s how I met Gibby) now I plan trips, and keep everyone motivated. I am an artist in my heart and love looking at the world through a picture frame. I see beauty in everything and wish I could paint the whole world. I am so happy that you can get to share our adventures and I hope to make many new friends along the way. Happy travelling to you all.

Things I love:

  • Making lists (like this one)
  • Travelling with my family
  • R.V.’s (Gibby prefers camping)
  • Taking pictures of my kids
  • Renovating and decorating

Aurora

The artist

Hello, I am Aurora. I am a cute, funny girl that likes art, dressing up and occasionally upsetting my little brother. I go to school most days and I am learning to play the Erhu (traditional Chinese instrument), doing art most days and learning to speak French with my mum and dad. I love swimming and most of the time on holiday I am in the water.

Things I love:

  • Going on holiday
  • Speaking Chinese to my dad (he doesn’t understand)
  • Playing tennis (learning now)
  • Eating
  • Hanging out with my little brother (sometimes)

Gabriel

The comedian

Hi. I like chocolate cake, kung fu and running. I have a big sister, she hits me a lot so I am learning kung fu. I really enjoy to play all the time, now it’s Lego but I will play with anything. I am learning French with my sister and it is hard. I eat more than my dad and sometimes my tummy hurts but that’s ok. I want to fly to the moon when I am 10 years old, my Dad says that’s ok.

Things I love:

  • Eating (more than my dad can)
  • Building with Lego
  • Playing on beaches (anywhere in the world is OK)
  • Running everywhere (walking is too slow)
  • Poker (learning to make good money)

Our latest ramblings:

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is it like living in China?

Short answer – AWESOME, the long answer can be found viewing our videos and pictures. China is truly an amazing country but not without its faults. We share our daily life doing what we do and I hope you will be better informed as to what life is really like in China. .

2. I hear that there are lots of problems in China?

To be honest, I believe that China has fewer problems than most of the other countries I have lived or worked in. I read the news and I have to say that I do prefer my life here than I would anywhere else, at the moment!

3. Have you ever been in danger?

Yes and no! We are very careful about what we do and where we go but things happen. Luckily, Gibby is handy at resolving problems so we have been OK so far.

4. How to keep in touch with us?

You can follow us on social media, we are on Youtube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. We also have Patreon, so if you want to support us then join.

Some completely random yet surprising interesting facts about China:

A There are more than 1.4 billion people living here

B Chinese is the most spoken language in the world

C There are over 4000 different Chinese dishes

D China only has ONE time zone

E China’s railway lines are so extensive and long that they could loop around Earth twice

F I have had my hair cut sitting on a chair in the park

G Chinese people say HELLO all the time

H Chinese mobile phones are way better than iphones

I Football was invented in China

J Fortune cookies did not originate in China, they come from San Francisco

K China has the world’s largest standing army, over 2,100,000 soldiers

L Wang, Li, and Zhan are the most common surnames

M The Forbidden City in Beijing has more than 9,000 rooms

N One in every five people in the world is Chinese

O Ice cream was discovered in China some 4,000 years ago

P Half of the world’s pigs live in China

Q The national animal is the Giant Panda

R Every single Panda living in the whole world belongs to China

S China builds a new skyscraper every five days

T Paper money was invented in China

U China is the largest producer of tomatoes

V The Chinese New Year celebration lasts for 15 days

W More than 35 million people still live in caves in China

X Many Chinese emperors considered themselves to be descendants of dragons

Y Spitting, yawning, grunting and burping are normal behaviors when you eat in China

Z China is the world’s biggest exporter

1 China’s population is 4 times larger than the United States

2 The Chinese civilization dates back to 7,000 BC

For more fun, weird, and interesting facts about China click here