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Shipton’s Arch | World’s Tallest Arch

October 16 | 12 Comments

Shipton’s Arch, also known as “Toshuk Tagh” in the Uyghur language or 阿图什天门 (Ātúshi tiānmén) in Chinese, is considered to be the tallest natural arch in the world. It’s located in China’s western Xinjiang region and I’d like to share with you the story of its discovery and how (or if) it’s possible to visit today. […]

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How to Make Uyghur Bread from Xinjiang

October 9 | 17 Comments

For those who have traveled through Xinjiang, I don’t have to tell you just how delicious Uyghur bread is. It’s called “naan” or 囊 (náng) in Chinese and when you get it fresh from the oven, it just melts in your mouth! If you’ve ever been curious about how to make Uyghur bread from Xinjiang, […]

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Best VPN for China 2019 (that still works despite the ban)

September 30 | 109 Comments

Update October 2019: As you may know, China has been cracking down on the usage of VPNs leading up to the celebration of their 70th national day on October 1st. Almost every VPN is experiencing connection troubles, but do the best VPNs for China still work? As an expat who has spent over a decade in […]

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Top 5 Places to See in Turpan, Xinjiang

September 4 | 13 Comments

Turpan (aka “Turfan” or 吐鲁番) is my favorite city to travel in Xinjiang in part because there are some great places to see in Turpan. In my opinion, traveling to Turpan is the perfect combination of Silk Road history, Uyghur culture, great food, scenic beauty and convenience. While most travelers tend to flock to the busy […]

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How I Use Gmail in China (despite it being blocked)

August 20 | 4 Comments

How do I use Gmail in China in 2019? If you’re like me, you use Gmail / Google Apps suite for business or for personal email. I love everything about using Gmail except for one thing: all Google apps are blocked in China. This means that in order for you to use Gmail in China in […]

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The 2015 Xinjiang travel guide is here!