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Nick Pic 2Hi, I’m Nick and welcome/欢迎 to China Life Files! The mission of China Life Files is to show you how to find jobs in China (including but not limited to teaching English in China), learn Chinese and travel China well.

When I first moved to China I didn’t know any Mandarin, had just been assigned a job teaching English at a college even though I didn’t know how to teach and had never traveled in Asia before. China Life Files is the website I wish I had while when I first moved to China.

China Life Files is divided into three sections:

Jobs in China


Jobs in China

Jobs in China covers everything from teaching English to manufacturing and technical writing jobs in China. We cover visas and work sponsorship, how to turn your teaching English experience into a job at a company in China, how to find non-teaching jobs in China, what it’s like teaching English in China and more.

If you’d like me to personally help you find a job in China, connect with me here.

Yangshuo Travel China


China Life Files shows you places in China and Asia not found in any guide books. The travel destinations China Life Files covers are off-the-beaten path. Think villages in the Himalayas that even Chinese natives don’t know about, let alone any foreigners.

We have directions on how to get to these places and what you can do there, complete with photos, maps and videos. We also show you great Chinese movies and books to get you excited about China.

Learn Chinese

Learn Chinese

Whether it’s your first time traveling to China or you’ve already been here for a while, China Life Files has the tools you need to learn Mandarin. I’ve been learning Mandarin for 9 years and currently work as a certified medical interpreter and am completely self taught.

About Me

I moved to China in 2007 to teach English in a city called Zhongshan in Guangdong province after graduating from university. Before moving to China I didn’t know any Chinese and I learned in my free time after I arrived.

I taught at a college in Zhongshan for 3 years, became fluent in Mandarin and traveled all over China and to many other Asian countries. After those 3 years I moved back to the United States where I’m from originally.

Feeling like I’d made a mistake moving to the US, several months later I moved back to China to start an English training center for students in Jiangmen, Guangdong province. My co-founders and I set up an English school and taught for one summer.

After helping found the school, I found a job as a cultural liaison, translator, interpreter, and English teacher with an international design and manufacturing company in a city called Jiaxing, near Shanghai.

After 2 years with this company I moved back to Zhongshan to direct and produce a film that my friends and I had been writing for the last year.

At this point I moved back to the United States and started writing a book cataloguing my adventures which would give others interested in this type of life a resource for doing something similar. I currently work as a Mandarin interpreter and translator for medical providers, schools and businesses.

Things I am most passionate about include travel, writing, making movies, entrepreneurship, online business, education, health, higher consciousness, love, music and comedy. My favorite book is The Lord of the Rings, favorite movies are American Beauty and Lost in Translation, and favorite TV show is Seinfeld.

What’s your biggest challenge with regards to living and working in China? Send me an email at nick_at_chinalifefiles.com. I reply to every email.