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All it took was one and a half hours on a bus to the Urumqi DMV to remind me why I wanted to get a China driver’s license in the first place. The Urumqi DMV, known as the 车管所 (che guan suo) in Chinese, was inconveniently built as far away from Urumqi as possible. The […]Read More ▸
In this article I want to describe to you the process of finding a good job here with the help of Jan Abbey, an anthropologist and current teacher here in the province. At the end, you will have the chance to sign up for an exclusive newsletter that will send out alerts to job openings throughout the year.Read More ▸
Hosting or being hosted by somebody from a different culture can always be a bit stressful, and for me the Uyghur culture with all the nuances of Uyghur customs, has been no different.Read More ▸
The pollution in and around Urumqi Xinjiang is getting about as bad as any other major city in China. The thought of any sort of exercise – whether that’s running, basketball or any other sport – just doesn’t feel like a good idea. So when the opportunity to join some Uyghur locals to hike the Tian Shan mountains that surround Xinjiang’s capital, I was thrilled.Read More ▸
When it comes to traveling the Silk Road, the Xinjiang cuisine is not to be missed. Here are 5 “must-eat” foods and how to order them both in Mandarin and in Uyghur!Read More ▸
People look to me as some sort of “expert” on Xinjiang, which is flattering, humbling and also a bit scary. I’m not an expert but I believe that my travel philosophy – the lens through which I approach the world – is a part of what has made this life adventure a success.Read More ▸
How much does it cost to live in Xinjiang, China in 2013? As you’ll see in this infographic, it’s not nearly as much as Shanghai.Read More ▸
Setting off to hike the length of the Tian Shan with a cheap Chinese tent and an inadequate sleeping bag had seemed like a good idea at the time.Read More ▸
You may not have realized it, but this month marks the beginning of Ramadan in China and for the many Muslims across the world.Read More ▸
It’s finally here! I’ve mentioned the long-awaited reddesign to those who receive the FarWestChina newsletter, but I’ve been mostly silent here on the site and on social channels. For everybody that provided input on the changes, I appreciate your input! The design was done by Anna Bryant, a friend who did an incredible job in […]Read More ▸