Joel Harley

About Joel Harley

Joel Harley is an ESL teacher and professional writer currently living and working in Chengdu, China. He enjoys good food, good drink and bad movies. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter, and find his movie reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

Back in the Classroom in China after COVID-19

And just like that, it was all over. Or at least, a small part of it was, here in Chengdu. Another step towards normality, or whatever passes for it in your average English Language Training School. Three months after closing down because of the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, the doors of the school where I work [...]

2020-05-27T06:27:54+00:00May 27th, 2020|Articles, Teaching|0 Comments

Green Means Go: Taking the Fight Against the Coronavirus in China to the App Store

As the countrywide lockdown across China begins to lift, the ebb and flow of daily life starts to return to that of relative normality. In my own city of Chengdu, in the Sichuan province (which I have called 'home' for two years now), people are free to work, eat out and socialise again. Shopping malls, [...]

2020-05-21T03:07:11+00:00May 21st, 2020|Articles, Life in China|0 Comments

A New Normal – A Chinese City in Recovery Part II

Returning to China from our winter holidays, it felt like coming back to a completely different world. It was early February 2020, and I was coming back to the city of Chengdu after spending Christmas and the New Year with family and friends in the UK and USA. By then, COVID-19 had hit China hard, [...]

2020-05-13T07:02:42+00:00May 13th, 2020|Articles, Life in China|0 Comments
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