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Best VPNs for China in 2018 (that still work despite the ban)

February 2, 2018 | 89 Comments

Update February 2018: as many of you know, China has already cracked down on VPNs in 2017 after doing so multiple times over the past couple years. Not only that, but the Chinese government is now threatening to block all VPN use by February 2018. So what’s the deal? Do the best VPNs for China still work? […]

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Urumqi’s International Grand Bazaar | Worth a Visit?

September 12, 2017 | 2 Comments

For travelers visiting Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang region, you’ll likely hear about a place known as the Urumqi International Grand Bazaar as well as the nearby Er Dao Qiao Market. Considering the fact that there aren’t many tourist attractions in Urumqi, it’s no wonder that you’ll find this place on every travel itinerary. But […]

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Traveling China’s Karakoram Highway | 2017 Traveler’s Guide

September 6, 2017 | 6 Comments

If you are traveling to Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang region, the Karakoram Highway is a must-see destination! Often regarded as the “Eight Wonder of the World”, this long stretch of highway links China with Pakistan, cuts through snowcapped mountains and features diverse cultures along the way. It’s a trip that you’ll never forget. For travelers […]

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Celebrating Qurban in Urumqi, Xinjiang

August 31, 2017 | 42 Comments

It’s Qurban Festival in Xinjiang (aka “Corban” or “古尔邦节”) and I decided to take a walk through my local neighborhoods here in Urumqi to capture some photos and a video. You can watch the video below or scroll further down to read a more thorough description of Xinjiang’s Qurban Festival accompanied by a few photos. Hopefully […]

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Xinjiang in 360 Degrees | Virtual Reality Travel

August 28, 2017 | 1 Comment

There is nothing that trumps the ability to personally travel to a distant location and soak in the atmosphere of a busy market, endless sand dunes in a desert or an ancient structure along the Silk Road. The only thing that might come close is a 360 degree video, a quasi-virtual reality that has the […]

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