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

September 1 | 109 Comments

Update September 2019: As you may know, China spent a good portion of last year 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? As an […]

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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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Best China Visa Service for US Travelers

August 13 | No Comments

Applying for a visa to China can be a frustratingly complicated ordeal. My passport currently has over 20 different China visas in it so trust me…I understand! If you’re a U.S. citizen like me, the use of a China visa service can make this process so much easier. Let me share with you what I […]

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Learn Uyghur | Ultimate Guide to Available Resources

July 24 | 20 Comments

Do you have an interested to learn Uyghur? While the resources are sparse, they do exist. In this comprehensive guide to learning Uyghur, I’d like to share with you the type of resources available and the best ways to learn the Uyghur language both inside and outside of China. Before I lay out the types […]

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