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  • 39 References 29 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Chinese (Simplified), English; learning Spanish
  • 25, Female
  • Member since 2013
  • Daydreamer & Wanderlust
  • Bachelor, major in International Economics & Trade
  • From Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

Please read my profile before asking stupid questions.


Viva la vida loca.


In 2016 I quit my job and traveled all the way alone from Mongolia, through Russia and Europe to Morocco. I took it as a career break.
Then I went back to Shanghai and stayed for one year. But I realized I can’t live the “normal” life any more so this year I start wandering the world again while trying to find a way to sustain my “abnormal” lifestyle. So when you meet me, please don’t ask me how long I’m gonna travel cuz I don’t even know where I’ll end up tomorrow. I follow my heart.

I’m a photographer. I also do some crazy thing called “rooftopping”. I try to continue this passion when I travel. Pictures are available on my Instagram @lisette_xu. As a traveler, I make normal travel photos as well of course which can be seen on my other Instagram account @freesouladventurer.

I'm VERY SPONTANEOUS, which is good but I've had quite some troubles because of this.

I have no idea why I'm curious about so many things. I have a long to-do-list before the age of 30. People who know me say I'm an adventurous and crazy girl. Well, life is short. Why not live for the present, do crazy things and enjoy life? At least when I’m too old to be crazy, I have something to recall and tell my grandchildren.

I'm passionate about cultures and interested in learning languages. I'm always up for any good crazy ideas.


Cada día es la fiesta, vivo en el presente. Enjoy the moment. Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

This is a silly question. Of course I surf, host, and meet up with people.


My biggest passion is photography.
Check my photos on Instagram "lisette_xu" and “freesouladventurer”
YouTube channel: https://m.youtube.com/my_videos?disable_polymer=true&csn=LRQfW76LD4yooQPXv5-gBA

I like travelling (like everyone here :D) I am more into road trips and hitchhiking.
Read my travel blogs here: https://a20something2016.wordpress.com/

Rooftopping!! You can imagine how you feel when you are above the whole city, viewing the amazing city skylines!!

I'm interested in hiking, camping, mountain climbing and staff like that.

I'm interested in languages. Now I'm learning Spanish by myself. I hope to learn German, Italian, French, Arabic and Russian in the future.

Just as I said in "About Me" section, I'm curious and interested in many things. Maybe you can easily find a common interest with me lol.

  • photography
  • hiking
  • scuba diving
  • languages
  • hitchhiking
  • adventure travel
  • mountains
  • nature
  • trekking

Music, Movies, and Books

Favourite movies: science fiction, fancy, action, documentary
Favourite music: I'd say I'm open to all kinds of music, really.
Favourite book: the little prince

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I used to write several amazing things here. However, after going to North Korea, none of them beats DPRK!

Teach, Learn, Share

Maybe I can teach you how to be...crazy! Seriously I can teach Chinese slang, which is widely used by Chinese young people and is far more interesting.
I can also teach some basic photography tips and photoshop skills if you are interested.

I learned ukulele, Spanish and making cocktails by myself but still need to practice a lot. I want to learn dancing, diving (got my scuba diver certificate already), latte art, and a lot more!

I guess I can put this in the SHARE part.
Hi people who are coming to Shanghai and reading my profile, it's a shame that I don’t live in Shanghai any more. BUT, since I lived there for 3 years, below are some recommendations, at least one of which, I hope, appeals to you.
1. Marriage market. You might have read about it somewhere. It's a place where parents look for boyfriends/ girlfriends for their “children”.
2. Shanghai Urban Planning Museum
3. Shanghai Propaganda Museum
4. Binjiang Avenue in Pudong which has comparable view to the bund but there are way less people.
5. Yu garden (I suggest you to skip this if you plan to visit Suzhou later)
6. Qibao ancient street & Chenghuangmiao - kind of old Shanghai and you can find many kinds of street food there. Again be prepared for lots of ppl and these two can be skipped too if you go to Suzhou.
7. French concession
8. Power Station of Art
9. If you want to have an insight of how locals (especially old people) chill, I definitely recommend you to visit some local parks, e.g. Luxun Park, Fuxing Park. And getting yourself lost in the alleys is the best way to explore.
There is a breakfast chain restaurant called 小桃园 where you can choose from varieties of Shanghainese breakfast. I love this place. Besides, like I wrote in the "things to do" part, you can eat snacks in those two places.

The above are just my ideas. You can find anything on Smart Shanghai and Time Out Shanghai and plan your trip according to your interests. If you have more questions, feel free to drop me a message!

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can cook authentic Chinese food!
I can teach you Chinese language!
I can take photos for you for free! I’m happy to do this cuz most of my friends and clients use the photos I took as profile display pictures -;)
I do hate doing the dishes after cooking, but I'll help you out with this if we cook at home.

Countries I’ve Visited

Cambodia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, North Korea, Poland, Russian Federation, Spain, Taiwan, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In


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