Monkey Abroad

A blog about living in China and eating Chinese food. Videos, stories, photos, advice, and teaching ESL.

20 Dollar Travel

April 19, 2016
by Kevin Cook

20 Dollar Traveling! Video Series: 2016 Schedule

Holy Cow! 我的天啊!It seems like this 20 Dollar Travel video series might actually work out! The pilot episode of 20 Dollar Traveling (Shanghai) was relatively popular, especially in China. In fact, lots of opportunities have suddenly emerged after the video went viral on Chinese social media, which makes me very excited for what’s ahead. Anyway, check out this post to view a preliminary schedule for the upcoming series. Continue Reading →

(VIDEO) 20 Dollar Traveling! Shanghai for 20 Dollars a Day

April 5, 2016 by Kevin Cook | 25 Comments

 Is it possible to travel in Shanghai for 20 dollars a day, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, transportation, and everything in between? Watch this video and I’ll show you how far you can go with only 20 bucks (130 RMB)!

UPDATE: This video received more than 100k views in under two days after being posted on Chinese video website! Check it out by clicking here.
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don't speak chinese

April 3, 2016
by Kevin Cook

Live in China but Don’t Speak Chinese? Here’s How to Fix That

If you live in China (or plan to live in China) but don’t speak Chinese, this article is for you. Although it’s technically possible to spend a long time in China without ever learning to speak or read 中文, your life here will be waaay more difficult that way. In about a year, I was able to go from knowing virtually nothing about this complex language to being able to converse in basic Chinese and read over 800 characters. Here’s how you can, too: Continue Reading →


March 28, 2016
by Kevin Cook

My Plan to Travel the World (with 20 Dollars a Day)

You’ve saved umpteen thousand dollars, have no debt, and the contract with your current employer ends in July. From here, you can either A) accept a position in a new job and continue saving money or B) use that money to travel the world indefinitely. Well folks, if I were you, I’d choose option B. And by “if I were you,” I mean I am you. Continue Reading →


January 18, 2016
by Kevin Cook

(VIDEO) Shanghai Warriors are the 2016 AFLC Champions

You might be surprised to know that China has a full-contact American football league (American Football League of China) and it is growing in popularity every year. I joined the Shanghai Warriors team in 2014, and this year, I dedicated a lot of my time to practicing with and playing with the team. This past weekend, on Saturday, January 16th, we played in the national championship game, and WON 37-30. Continue Reading →

Chinese foot massage

November 16, 2015
by Kevin Cook

(VIDEO) Chinese foot reflexology: cure-all or hoax?

Foot reflexology based on a system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet, with the premise that such work can have a physical change on the body. It is believed that a foot massage can not only maintain and promote health but also cure a variety of ailments. In this video, I get a foot massage to see if I experience any noticeable medical benefits. Continue Reading →


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