About Us


The Creator – Anna

Anna is a freelance illustrator and portrait artist in her late 20s, with a passion for Martial Arts and Chinese culture. She was born in Russia, grew up in Germany and studied in the UK. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and graduated with a masters degree in China and International Relations from London University in 2014.
Following the slogan Home is where the heart is, she joined her husband Jinlong, a Chinese national from Anhui province in his hometown, after living in Boading (Hebei) and Shanghai. Currently they both reside in Bozhou, a city in Anhui province. Being the center of Chinese Medicine and boosting thousands of years of history, Bozhou makes a great place for inspiration.
On her blog she shares anecdotes from her everyday life in a small Chinese city, life in the countryside with her Chinese family, and one or the other story of how she and her husband fell in love with each other.

Being fascinated with China’s history and culture, she tries to boost mutual understanding between China and the rest of the world through her own reflections, documentations, research, and observations about China, and in particular her Chinese family-in-law and the common people living in Anhui’s countryside.

Aside from her passion for Chinese culture, Anna is spends her free time working on new drawings. Because art and Chinese culture hold such an important place in her life, she has fused her China blog with her art hobby, blogging about her new creations, sharing tips and tricks for beginner artists and gives free tutorials in traditional art, eg. pencil portraits, pastel or marker paintings.

If you are interested in having a drawing commissioned you can find more details here.

DSC_0049_副本The Muse – Jinlong

The main reason for this blog being alive today is because of the encouragement of Jinlong, Anna’s better half. He was born in a small village close to Bozhou city of Anhui province.

When he was just six years old he decided his dream was to learn real Shaolin Kung Fu. Although he first began studying Kung Fu at smaller schools, in 1998, he entered Shaolin Temple Kung Fu School to further his studies. Before meeting Anna he worked as a Kung Fu and Sanda trainer in different Chinese Martial Art Schools. Since 2013 he started learning Chinese acupuncture and tuina massage to follow his passion of traditional Chinese medicine.

He is the silent supporter behind Lost Panda, always helping with research and delivering ideas for new post topics. Posts about traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts are researched by Jinlong and written by Anna.

You can follow their life in China, his passion for martial arts and her passion for drawing/painting on FacebookTwitter and Sina Weibo/新浪微博.

If you want to contact Jinlong directly about questions related to traditional Chinese medicine or Chinese martial arts add his QQ 397828495 or WeChat 微信 (same number).


Have a question, comment or suggestion? Contact Anna at annazech (at) hotmail (dot) com or through the contact form.

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Anna Z. is a freelance illustrator and portrait artist in her late 20s, with a passion for Martial Arts and Chinese culture, and is the creator of Lost Panda, a blog to China and Art. Together with her husband, a Chinese national, she writes about daily life in rural China, focusing on cultural and social differences and the joys (and sometimes difficulties) as an intercultural couple. Apart from China related topics, she publishes her artwork, photography, art material reviews and tutorials to help more people discover their creative side. She is fluent in German, English and Mandarin Chinese.

13 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Btw, how to get along with german girls actually ? There is one german girl ,whom i am interested in, in my university class ( 65 people ).. Sometimes she kind of acting hot and cold… I don’t know if she is interested in me or not…

  2. It’s rare to find another western woman dating an Asian man. I hear you about the challenges and rewards related to multicultural relationships!

    I look forward to reading more of your posts. =)

  3. Pingback: Interview with Anna Zech, Artist and China TV Celeb with a Passion for Chinese Culture | Speaking of China

  4. I just wanted to say that I love your website. I found you through Grace Mineta’s blog (Texan in Tokyo). Great job! Keep up the good work!

  5. Hello Anna,

    Greetings from the USA!

    I just watched the CCTV program of “Foreigners in China” that featured you and your husband’s family. What an interesting story! You sound like a local girl with that distinct dialect.

    Best wishes!

  6. 来自大洋彼岸的祝福!




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