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  • 29 References 19 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Chinese (Simplified), English; learning Spanish
  • 24, Female
  • Member since 2013
  • Daydreamer
  • Bachelor, major in International Economics & Trade
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About Me

21/02 - 20/ 03: Vietnam
21/03 - 05/04: Cambodia
06/04- not sure: Thailand


Viva la vida loca.


I’m a photographer. I’ve done lots of urban street style during my stay in Shanghai. I also do some crazy thing called “rooftopping”. 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 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: learn diving, master at least 4 languages, learn to make cocktails and latte art, hitch-hike on the Silk Road, learn to play some musical instruments... People who know me say i'm adventurous. My friends describe me as a brave and sometimes crazy girl. Well, life is short. Why not live for the present, do crazy things and enjoy life? At least when you are too old to be crazy, you have something to recall and tell your 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” or https://500px.com/lisette_xu

I like travelling (like everyone here :D) I am more into road trips.
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.

Also living in Shanghai made me fond of partying.
However, I don't go clubbing as much as I used to before, cuz now I spend most of my free time on photography and photo editing.

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
  • languages
  • adventure travel
  • mountains
  • trekking

Music, Movies, and Books

Favourite movies: science fiction, fancy, action
Favourite music: I'd say I'm open to all kinds of music, really.
Favourite books: biography, novel

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I used to write several amazing things here. However, after going to North Korea, those don't count as amazing things any more!

Teach, Learn, Share

Maybe I can teach you how to be...crazy! Seriously I can teach Chinese. As I created a "cool Chinese" series on Facebook during my internship year, I can teach you 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, baking 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 can't host recently. BUT, since I've been living in Shanghai for more than one year, below I write some recommendations, at least one of which, I hope, appeals to you.
To start a night, you can go to Perry's and Windows, which are cheap student bars. MY PLACE can also be an option, which offers free flow of cocktails for 100 RMB after 9 or 10 p.m. as far as I can remember, and there you can have access to blocked websites like Facebook without VPN. Also guitar players exchange skills and the bar can lend you guitar to play. If you want to see how expacts living in Shanghai spend their nights, you can go to Yongkang Rd, where 95 percent of people are foreigners. It's a bar street.
Unfortunately by the time I left Shanghai in the end of July, there were rumours that Yongkang Rd would be closed. I don't know how it's going since I left Shanghai.
Then it comes to clubbing after midnight. Bar Rouge (kind of fancy club) on the bund with awesome night view of Shanghai offers ladies night on Thursday. M1NT (the feature is they have sharks), Myst, Fusion, Light, Lola, Zapata's (Mexican), JZ Latino (obviously Latin feature with awesome night view), Unico (Tuesday Mojito night), the Apartment (with four different themes in four rooms and an open terrace) are some famous ones in Shanghai. If you need more information, you can check http://www.smartshanghai.com/ and http://www.timeoutshanghai.com/ for some tips. Being a girl has the biggest advantage in Shanghai - you can get drunk without paying a cent as Shanghai offers ladies night here and there every day. If you are a man, don't worry, as foreigners can get free entry to most of the clubs and get free drinks as well. However, be prepared free drinks are of bad quality and makes you huge hungover the next day. BUT, who cares? Sometimes all you need is to get drunk.
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. The bund (pls be prepared for massive ppl though)
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. Tianzifang
8. French concession
9. The recently opened Disneyland
Among the above, the first three are not touristy. The latter six you can choose.
I'm not a local Shanghainese, so I can only tell you some food that I like: Shengjian (生煎) and that's all lol. I actually don't know any other typical food in Shanghai except Shengjian. 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 portraits for you for free! I’m happy to do this cuz most of my friends and clients use the photo I took as profile display picture -;)
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

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

Countries I’ve Lived In


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