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Karamay Fire 1994 | The Real Story Behind China’s Worst Fire Disaster

December 3 | 1 Comment

On December 8th, 1994, the small city of Karamay in China’s northwest Xinjiang province was home to one of the worst fire disasters in the country’s history. Dubbed the “Karamay Theater Fire” (克拉玛依大火), it’s notable not only for the unfortunate number of children that died (288) but also for the ensuing controversy and attempted coverup. […]

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

December 1 | 109 Comments

Update December 2019: As you may know, China has been cracking down on the use of VPNs leading up to the celebration of their 70th anniversary last month. 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 China, I’d […]

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Traditional Chinese Cupping Therapy | My Experience

November 26 | 5 Comments

Chinese suction cup therapy has a history of over 2,000 years and is reported to cure back pain and the common cold. True or false? Here’s my experience…

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Your Ketchup Probably Came from Xinjiang

November 20 | 6 Comments

Next time you squeeze that little packet of ketchup onto your greasy french fry for lunch, think of Xinjiang. There’s a high probability that the tomato used to produce that ketchup came from China’s largest, western province.

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10 Breathtaking China Landscapes in Xinjiang

November 13 | 11 Comments

When it comes to the beautiful Xinjiang landscape, even a simple camera can produce the most beautiful photographs.

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