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Top 10 Uyghur Foods to Eat in Xinjiang

March 20 | 15 Comments

Anybody who plans to travel to Xinjiang knows that Uyghur food and other local cuisine is going to be a memorable part of their journey. The local Uyghur food is well-known throughout China and praised among travelers. It’s not just Uyghur food, though. Whether you want to eat Hui food, Kazakh food or Chinese food […]

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Best VPNs for China 2019 (that still work despite the ban)

March 4 | 109 Comments

Update March 2019: As many of you know, China spent a good portion of last year (2018) cracking down on VPN usage throughout the country and even threatened to ban all non-state sanctioned VPNs. Obviously, that hasn’t happened (expats are still using VPNs today). So what’s the deal? Do the best VPNs for China still work? […]

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

February 14 | 4 Comments

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

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Do I Need a Special Visa or Permit for Xinjiang?

February 11 | 11 Comments

Is there a special visa or permit required to travel to Xinjiang in 2019? This is a question that I get quite a few times throughout the travel season and it seems that there might be conflicting information online. I’d like to help set the record straight so you can understand exactly what you need […]

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How to Use Facebook in China in 2019

February 7 | No Comments

For years I’ve been building an internet business around travel across China, and specifically here in Xinjiang. Because most of my readers are “foreigners” and my content strategy involves a lot of social media, this has required me to spend a lot of time on platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. But I often get […]

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The 2015 Xinjiang travel guide is here!