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Expat Experiences: Guangzhou 303

Welcome fellow InterNations Expats to my regular slot in which I will be sharing with you my experiences and learnings from living in China’s third largest city, Guangzhou.

Guangzhou 303 – An Introduction

Each article will have a strict word limit of just 303 words in which I will inform (and hopefully entertain) you on real life here in city, with practical tips, advice, do’s and don’ts, observations and some opinions thrown in for good measure.

In the spirit of the classic ‘British Correspondent – Our Man in...’, I will endeavour to be balanced and factual in my accounts, but at the same time these articles will automatically have an element of subjectivity. I am no authority on Guangzhou or China, but I can I am at least an expert on what I’ve done and seen here. 

So a little bit about myself. I’m a 37 year old writer and professional storyteller for children. My day job is working as a teacher in an international school. I won’t ever be writing about my teaching work, to honour the confidentiality of that profession. My teaching job is remarkably (and reassuringly) similar to others I have had in different parts of the world. It is the rest of life, outside work, that is completely new and different.

I’ve been in Guangzhou for a few months now; long enough to have gone through those essential activities you have to engage with in order to settling in here. If you’re reading this and you’re only visiting for a shorter space of time, then the articles will still be relevant to you.

With that in mind, I should get on with writing the first article. Well, the second then if this one counts as the first. Anyway, for the time being, I’m MJF, this is Guangzhou and that’s 303 words.

Matthew Friday is a writer, professional storyteller and a teacher in an international school in China. He has a wide range of publishing credits, including articles, poetry and plays. He uses storytelling to inspire his students to read, write and be creative. Writing this blog is a happy bonus for him. You can find details of his writing work at:

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