House Hunting in Chengdu

What do you look for when you’re looking for a house?  Do you prefer the city life or would you rather commute to work and live in a quiet area?  Do you want to live close to the kids schools? Close to the shopping areas?  These are all questions that we have had to answer in order to find a home in Chengdu.

There are several international schools to choose from and several areas in town where other expat families live.  Greg didn’t want a commute but even in town the commute is more than 30 minutes.  (Can’t just ride his bike a couple blocks to work anymore)

Some of the choices available were questionable??????

Some were a little too fancy for our taste.  (can you just see Ethan in this room?)

and this is the view from a two story penthouse apartment on the 29th floor.  (Not sure we could get McKaela even on the elevator)

So in the end we decided to live a little closer to the ground in this apartment complex.  Comes with a free clothes line to hang your laundry out for everyone to see.

 no really there is no need to worry about us we found a house to live in.  (the only “house” available apparently) but it is a house in a nice, quiet area south of Chengdu. 

Greg’s commute will be close to one hour but he has a driver and can check his email and stuff on the road.  The kids will all go to QSI International school

A bus picks them up for school and I can volunteer as much as I want to.  The teachers for all kids have already sent my kids emails with pictures of the class and fieldtrips they have gone on and I’m excited for them to make new friends and learn some pretty interesting facts about the other countries the kids in the school come from.  The school currently represents 34 different countries.

The community we live in is a  golf course community with a grocery store on-site and even a place for me to workout while the kiddos are at school.

Just think we are now just 24 hours away from starting our adventure.  Only 15.5 hours on one plane and lugging our baggage through two other airports and 3 hour lay-overs and we should be in China in no time.  ~Wish us luck


U Can’t Go to China

When we found out we were going to live in China for two years we got many different responses….

“You can’t go to China because South Korea and North Korea are at war”

“You can’t go to China because the Chinese government limits your time on the internet”

“You can’t go to China because there isn’t a LDS temple there”

and my personal favorite….

“You can’t go to China because they don’t have tampons over there!”

There are a lot of questions we get like “When will you go?” and “Will you have to home-school the kids?” and “Will you sleep in a bed?” or “What will you do with your house?” Hopefully by blogging our way through China we’ll be able to answer all the unknown questions and even learn some cultural challenges and surprises along the way.

You’ll be glad to know that I’m not going to home-school the kids in Chinese.  The kids will go to an International school.

We haven’t picked one yet and believe it or not there are more than one International school in Chengdu, the Capitol of the Sichuan Province in  China. One thing we know for sure is no matter which school we choose we know the kids will have the opportunity to meet kids their ages from all over the world and hopefully make some friends with locals there too.

Our house will be taken care of by a Property Managment Company and everything else we won’t take with us will be put in storage or sold or given to a charity drive.

We are planning a trip to visit our family in Utah and Arizona before we leave and saying goodbye to everyone and everything we love will be a hard experience.

Even though we will be living on the other side of the world we will be together as a family.  We will miss everything and everyone but we are positive this will be an experience we will never forget.