Backpacking Xinjiang: Kashgar (喀什)

Xinjiang Children

[Translate] One of the highlights of my summer was visiting a little gem of a town known as Kashgar. My friend Chase and I took the long overnight train from Urumqi all the way across China’s largest province, where we saw some pretty impressive views of the Taklamakan desert, the…

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Backpacking Xinjiang: Urumqi and Heavenly Lake

Heavenly Lake

[Translate] Second stop on my Xinjiang adventure: Urumqi (乌?木?). Actually Urumqi is quite similar to many Chinese cities in some ways, and I didn’t find anything too special about it……except the fact that half of its population are of the Uygur (维?尔?) minority group. What does this mean? Essentially, it’s…

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Backpacking Xinjiang: The Tian Shan Mountains

Tian Shan

[Translate] I recently returned from a 3 week jaunt out in China’s westernmost province: Xinjiang. This place has been sort of a holy grail of sorts for me, a place I’ve always heard so much about but never had a chance to go due to it’s distance from the east…

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India Part 2: Varanasi

[Translate] My second stop in India couldn’t have been more different from the first. Varanasi, or “Very Nasty” as its known in some expat circles, is known as the holiest of holy cities throughout India. The mighty Ganges river is the hub and main attraction here, and tourists flock here…

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