Christine Gilbert

Christine Gilbert
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  • Christine lived in Shenzhen, China for four years and has covered China and South America for TripSavvy since 2019.
  • Christine has a Bachelor's in English from California's Concordia University Irvine and was the Shenzhen City Editor for one of China's largest English-language magazines, That's PRD.
  • She moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, over 3 years ago, and has since managed Buena Onda Yoga, performed as an aerialist in local circuses, and is currently working on a book about Yin Yoga.


A native Texan, Christine left the U.S. for a study abroad trip in 2010 to literally go around the world. This was her first time traveling and volunteering in China and Argentina. She saw the beauty and diversity of different cultures and communities throughout the 10 countries she visited, and knew she had to live abroad to experience these these places more fully.

Shortly after graduating from college in 2011, Christine moved to Shenzhen, China, to teach English. There she wrote freelance for several publications, including Shenzhen Daily and That’s PRD. She stayed for two years, border-hopping in the Spring to train and race with her dragon boat team in Hong Kong.

In 2013, Christine moved out of China to write for two nonprofits in east Africa and do a yoga apprenticeship in Bali, Indonesia. Upon completion of her training, she moved back to Shenzhen and started her own yoga business. She returned to regularly contributing to That’s PRD, where she later accepted the offer to become the Shenzhen city editor. Christine wrote and oversaw editorial production regularly for Shenzhen and Guangzhou. She traveled extensively throughout the country hiking, rock climbing, and playing music in dive bars and festivals with her band Lamma Prana.

In 2016, Christine moved to Argentina to teach yoga and pursue circus training more fully. There she manages and teaches at Buena Onda Yoga, is currently working on a book about Yin Yoga, and travels throughout the world. She has visited nearly 40 countries now and likes to hula hoop on beaches whenever possible.

Christine has been writing about China and South America travel for TripSavvy since 2019. 



Christine holds a Bachelor's in English from Concordia University Irvine in Orange County, California. Upon graduating, she was award the English department's award for writing. She is conversationally fluent in Spanish and Chinese.





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