Bali, Indonesia: Ubud & Gili Trawangan

Tek Tok Dance

After an amazing 10 days in Thailand with my new bride and my parents, it was time for the next leg of our travel. Normally Bali can be expensive to get to, especially from where I live in Shanghai. However, since we were already in Bangkok, I checked and sure …

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Shanghai: Now and then

Here is an amazing yet simple little look at Shanghai now and before. And when I say before, I mean 1987, so probably everyone reading this was already born by then. And this is only the beginning, not to mention this is only Shanghai. http://gizmodo.com/shanghais-insane-26-year-transformation-summed-up-in-1041901244 Check out the evolution of …

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Backpacking Xinjiang: Kashgar (喀什)

Xinjiang Children

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 world’s …

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Backpacking Xinjiang: Urumqi and Heavenly Lake

Heavenly Lake

Second stop on my Xinjiang adventure: Urumqi (乌é²?木é½?). 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 (ç»´å?¾å°”æ—?) minority group. What does this mean? Essentially, it’s where …

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