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Gareth Johnson E-mail
Magazine - City Interview
Written by ND
Gareth Johnson is currently the managing-director and part time guide for Young Pioneer Tours. He spends his time floating between historic Xi'an, Beijing and the picturesque Yangshuo, where his bar is located. He was born and raised in London, England, before leaving the UK 12 years ago to work in a bar in the Caribbean.

He followed this by working on cruise ships, before moving to Xi'an initially as a teacher. In 2008 he started his travel agency and has been working to build it up ever since.
Like anyone out here Gareth has bad China days, but the good days far outweigh the bad, and overall this has been a very positive experience for him, with him looking forward to getting permanent residency in 2 years.
Thomas Aylmer E-mail
Magazine - City Interview
Written by ND
Thomas Aylmer is currently an English teacher in the historic city Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China. Xi'an is a city which is most well known world wide for its Terracotta Warriors, long history, well preserved city wall and numereous historic buildings, parks and places.

He was born and raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in economics. Always wanting to spend time abroad, he filled this goal by accepting a job as a university English instructor in China. He spends his time as an independent learner of Mandarin Chinese. Here he describes his experiences as a foreigner in the city of Xi'an, his observations of the city and its people, and gives some advice about what to consider when planning a move to China.

Charlie E-mail
Magazine - City Interview
Written by ND
Charlie is a fellow China expat who currently lives in Chengdu. He's lived in China for more than 5 years and is an independent freelance DJ (Check out and the website for his monthly party in Chengdu (called DISCO DEATH) and Web Developer.

He values life in China as an expat and is fascinated by the radically different contrasts in China and the possibilities that it offers to those who are open minded and ready to look beyond the horizon. In the following interview, Charlie will give great insight into his experience and views about China and give valuable advise for those interested in living in China.

Ian Clark E-mail
Magazine - City Interview
Written by Ian Clark
Ian Clark also known as "Tao Yiran" is a true insider and not be taken as an usual common expat. He's been in this country for a decade. He has mastered Mandarin so extraordinarily well that he now works as a successful English-Chinese translator. Besides, he is a passionated musician and artist as well. He has published his first book in China "I Ain't No Foreigner" which is an original work written entirely in Chinese.

It was published nationwide in China and officially began distribution in March 2008 [first printing sold out November 23rd 2008] and was introduced on CCTV and in other national media as well. Several appearances in Chinese media such as documentaries about him underline the interest in his views and feature his direct and honest opinions.
John Beddoe E-mail
Magazine - City Interview
Written by ND
John Beddoe is one of those exceptional expats who is absolutely worth to be mentioned.  He is, due to his professional obligations in his home country Australia, an irregular visitor of Xi'an yet.

But even so, he always looks forward to come back to Xi'an and enjoys the teaching classes with his students at the Xi’an Polytechnic University. He is a professional english teacher for university students in Xi'an but beside that he is a professional musician and artist as well. John Beddoe, being a professional musician,  plays not only perfectly guitar but is eager to learn and master traditional chinese instruments like Yangqin  (扬琴) as well.

Ron Casey E-mail
Magazine - City Interview
Written by ND
Ron Casey is an  english professor from the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE in Australia. He has been to China many times teaching in chinese Universities.

His last assignment lead him to Xi'an Polytechnical University. We had the pleasure of interviewing Ron right before going back to his home in Melbourne. He will surely come back to China, since he enjoys teaching here a lot. We, at ND hope that it will be Xi'an once more!  Click here to watch our ND TV Interview with Ron Casey. Where and when  were you born? Melbourne Australia, December 1 1952. How long have you been living in Xi’an? This is my 15th trip to China and 4th trip to Xian. I teach for Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE who have developed joint ventures with various Universities and Vocational Colleges throughout China teaching a variety of Diplomas. This trip I am here for 8 weeks.

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