I came to China the first time out of spite, out of stagnancy, out of boredom, and fell into a world of hope, of movement, of excitement.  Three months of travel changed my life forever.  I came back to China because, well, where else could I go?


I am a creative writing major at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC, where I also work as a member of the landscaping crew.  Having grown up with parents who have traveled the world a million times over, I have a deep appreciation for cross-cultural experiences, out-of-the-box adventures, and bizarre food.

The Trip!

Through a partnership with Warren Wilson College I will be attending classes at Liaocheng University in China’s Shandong Province.  I will be taking classes in Mandarin and Chinese culture for a period of about three months.  After that I hope to either have the opportunity to travel throughout China or work as an English teacher in Liaocheng or some other Chinese city.  To find out more about studying abroad at Liaocheng University click the link below.


This is my second trip to China.  The first was with a wonderful American company called Where There Be Dragons, which brings high school age and gap year students all over the world.  For more information about Dragons click the link below.


The Blog!

The purpose of this blog is three-fold.  The first is the fullfillment of the “internship” requirement for creative writing major at Warren Wilson College.  The second is to develop my skills in the field of travel writing, and the third is to provide a guide and incentive for students thinking about traveling abroad to give China a try.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at cbiddle@warren-wilson.edu.


6 Responses to “About”

  1. Whitney Cole Says:

    so i was reading your posts while listening to the gotan project…and let me just say, it may not work culturally speaking, but it definitely added to my experience back here in americaaaa.

    i cant say im not jealous youre about to start a fantastic adventure while im here studying spatial analysis (right, wtf is that anyway?! i sure as hell do not know but need to figure it out by six tonight), but im also beyond excited for you and cannot wait to read your blog.

    love it all cuz youll be back way before you want to. love you christopherrrr.

  2. Yanina Says:

    Great blog! couldn’t stop laughing when I read the letter to mum and dad :))

  3. Elyse Says:

    Do you have a new blog? Did you end up back in China after graduating? I just read your entire blog in 2 days and really enjoyed it. I am currently on my 5th term teaching English in China and have lots of spare time on my hands. Thanks again for the wonderful read.

    1. Chris Biddle Says:

      Hi Elyse, glad you enjoyed The Otherside. Check out my new blog at http://biddlewrites.wordpress.com/. Hope you like it!

  4. feifeiart Says:

    Hi Chris, I discovered your blog today on a Chinese Website. I have to say, your blog is so far the most fair blog made by American-in-China I have ever read. It’s real, full of detail, funny, sometimes bitter. Your blog definitely deserves more attention. Maybe you should write a book about it! Anyways, good luck!

  5. jacksonjc9 Says:

    Hello there! I enjoyed going through your post. Wish to read more of your posts. 🙂

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