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Sara Naumann

Sara Naumann

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Sara Naumann

My son, Florian, and I pose on a vintage Shanghai sidecar with our tour guide from Shanghai Insiders.

2011 Sara Naumann, licensed to About.com.

Sara Naumann is currently a ten-year (ten years!) resident in Shanghai. She has spent 15 years in Asia, first in Japan and now in China. Born to American parents working at the American School in Japan, Sara even spent her formative years in Tokyo before the whole family moved to Chestnut, IL (geographical center of the state!) to the family farm. Her experiences have given her a mixed palate and appreciation for the best that all of these places have to offer: sparkling delicious koshihikari rice from Niigata, Japan, the tastiest dumplings in all of China and the juiciest sweet corn east of the Mississippi.


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Sara is a traveler who happens to write. Her work includes essays published in a local anthology Shanghai Lu: a Collection of Stories by Women Writers, but her passion is travel writing. Her articles have appeared in various magazines and books including Urbanatomy: Shanghai 2008 and CityWeekend Shanghai. She also blogs the column "Sara Says" for KLM/Air France's Flying Blue China Club.

A degree in Japanese took her to Tokyo where she spent over four years working and studying. She traveled extensively in Japan and throughout Asia, including solo trips to China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. Travel experiences fueled her passion for Asia, and after four years back in the US, when an opportunity came to live in Shanghai, she jumped on it.


Sara received her BA in Asian Studies, focusing on Japanese, and International Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. These days, she can be found at the Starbucks in Metro City with her Mandarin teacher and her writing friend as they slosh through Chinese lessons together.

By Sara Naumann:

"China is a dynamic country and a visit now will allow you to witness in person how progress and development are giving China such a dramatic face lift. Old and new are colliding at every intersection and rural lane. China has so much to offer the traveler whatever the passion, be it natural wonders like the karst mountains in Guilin or man-made spectacles like the Great Wall. Take in a fantastically modern city such as Shanghai, or wander about ancient villages that haven't changed since Ming times. There is something for everyone in China."

I applied for a travel grant in 2013 with WildChina, an excellent tour operator in China. I didn't win but entering was fun. You can watch my entry at Following Stein to Khotan.

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