Monkey Abroad

Videos and stories of the life abroad – food, culture, travel & work



2014 was a year spent almost entirely in China. I traveled to 11 cities in five provinces in the PRC and filmed way more footage than was necessary. This video is just some of those extra shots compiled in no particular order, just for fun. Enjoy the randomness.

Last week my computer warned me that its storage is just a few megabytes away from full capacity, and about 2/3 of that is due to a stupid amount of video files I uploaded to my hard drive in 2014. Before clearing out all this extra footage of China, I decided to compile it into a short video. The randomness includes footage and photos of Shipton’s Arch, the Kashgar livestock market, an annoying chicken next-door, outdoor gym equipment, downtime boredom, and street food, among other stuff. There’s extra video footage from Rizhao, Qingdao, Weihai, Zibo, Xi’an, Shanghai, Urumqi, Kashgar, Turpan, Tashkurgan, and some photographs from Beijing.

2014 Highlights include…

Falling for a teashop scam in Beijing

Compiling a video of the top five Chinese street foods

Creating a new Winter Olympics event

Backpacking in Shanghai for a week

Drinking free beer at the Tsingtao brewery

Making homemade dumplings in Zibo

Seeing the Terra-cotta Army in Xi’an, and eating the best Xi’an street food in the Muslim Quarter

Trekking to the border of China and Pakistan

Vacationing by the beach in Weihai

Author: Kevin Cook

I want to inspire you to pursue your own dream of traveling and/or living overseas!


  1. That is awesome but I must ask, are you wealthy? in the form of inheritance? Parents paying or helping out? I am a sociologist and a lot of the traits you exhibit (free-spirited, non-conformist, wanderlust) suggest a spoiled background.

    I would love to do this myself but have no safety net. It makeas a difference when you have a nice little cushion to fall back on.

    • Josh,

      After I graduated from school in May 2011, I worked for two years in real estate and in a restaurant to save enough to come to Asia in April 2013. I’ve worked full-time as a teacher in Thailand and China since then, and have been financially independent for almost 4 years now. Also, I supplement my income with my YouTube partnership and affiliate partnerships I’ve created through my blog. I’m not rich, but I make enough money living one year at a time.

      I’m fortunate to have a supportive family who would help me if I truly needed it, which is empowering, but not a crutch. My parents worked hard to provide for me and my sister when we were younger, but now it’s on my shoulders.

      My advice to you: Don’t be afraid to travel if you want to, especially in a country as cheap as China. If you decide to sack up and travel, don’t be afraid; I’ll be your ‘safety net.’

      Also, you posted as “Taylor” on another post of mine with a similar message doubting my ability to work independently and save money. I feel sorry for you, man. Only someone with self-confidence issues would sit around leaving the types of comments you do behind phantom aliases and email addresses.


  2. Hey Kevin! Your videos and your blog is so inspiring. And I understand perfectly what you’re saying. I’m in France at the moment and already teaching English and would love to go to China. Any advices? All the best! Luciana

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