Merry Christmas, with love from DiariesofaYangxifu

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 圣诞快乐! This is my second Christmas in China, but my first as a family of three, and our first in our more permanent home, so I really had a chance to create some atmosphere and get into the Christmas spirit*. So I decided to throw a Christmas party for R’s cousins! You can […]

Post-wedding reflection

It’s been over 2 months since our big fat Chinese wedding, and it’s taken until now for the photos to come back to us. In this post I thought I could share a few photos, and in between reflect on how the wedding went. In the weeks following the wedding, my husband and his parents talked […]

Mother vs mother-in-law

I’ve been back in China with my little boy for over 3 months now, so I thought it’s about time for an update about life as a yangxifu 洋媳妇. That is the name of this blog after all. Being a mum in China has taught me a lot about the culture, probably more than anything […]

New Year, new resolutions

I’ve always been the type of person to set New Year’s resolutions and I love the positivity that the New Year brings, I feel like a new woman and it gives me a new lease of life to pursue the things I want. When I say resolutions, I guess I don’t just mean resolutions, but […]

Not a very Chinese proposal

One sunny clear-sky day in Dalian, my boyfriend R begged me to visit Dalian’s highest point – a sightseeing tower accessed via Labour Park and a cable car ride to the top of the hill – to enjoy the clear 360 city views. Despite my exhaustion from packing and the slightly-too-hot-for-an-Englishwoman heat, it was probably […]

English as a Mother Tongue

After spending three months in Dalian and numerous job offers, it occurred to me what a fortunate position I am in. As a native speaker of English, I have innumerable work opportunities here in China. Whilst my husband-to-be has spent three months looking for his first step onto the career ladder, no sooner than I’ve […]