Bali, Indonesia: Ubud & Gili Trawangan

Tek Tok Dance

[Translate] 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…

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Shanghai: Now and then

[Translate] 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…

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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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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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