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How to Teach English in Xinjiang, China (Updated 2018)

December 10 | 96 Comments

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.

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

December 1 | 109 Comments

Update December 2018: As many of you know, China has already cracked down on VPNs throughout the first half of 2018 and most recently in late October of this year. Not only that, but the Chinese government threatened to ban all non-state sanctioned VPNs. Obviously, that hasn’t happened (I’m using a VPN to write this). So […]

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Understanding “Xinjiang Time” and China’s Two Time Zones

November 26 | 8 Comments

Does Xinjiang have two time zones? While traveling around Xinjiang, at some point you’ll likely here the terms “Xinjiang time” and “Beijing time” thrown around. I’d like to take a few minutes to help you understand China’s time zones and which time zone is used in Xinjiang specifically. Imagine a traffic jam in China’s capital […]

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Xinjiang in the Winter | Traveler’s Guide for What to See & Do

November 12 | 10 Comments

What is there to see around Xinjiang in winter? It used to be that Xinjiang tourism practically shut down between the months of November and March. Travelers were so few that most tourism sites shut down completely for the winter and weather often prohibited transportation to some locations. Things have changed, though, and there are now […]

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Uyghur Customs | 26 Rules for Hosting or Being Hosted

October 29 | 3 Comments

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.

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The 2015 Xinjiang travel guide is here!