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

August 1 | 109 Comments

Update August 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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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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What is the Largest Province in China?

July 3 | 3 Comments

When I asked this question yesterday my research opened a whole can of worms I didn’t know about, and I found that to be fair, this is a trick question. The answer lies in your understanding that not all parts of China are created equally. I just finished taking a crash course in Chinese Political Geography 101, and I’m lending you my notes to copy.

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Kashgar Sunday Bazaar | Photos & Video

June 26 | 23 Comments

For centuries, the Kashgar Sunday Bazaar in western Xinjiang has been a meeting place for locals, merchants and travelers along the Silk Road. It’s a great place for travelers to wander, purchase souvenirs and people watch. Although the primary purpose of the bazaar has historically been to sell goods – everything from horses and camels […]

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Yili (Ili) Xinjiang | Top 5 Places to Visit

April 10 | 21 Comments

Whether you call it “Yili“, “Ili“, “Yining” or even the historical name “Ghulja“, one thing is for sure: it’s definitely worth traveling to this unique part of Xinjiang, China. In fact, if you’re planning to head out this way, I’d like to provide some suggestions on 5 places you should put on your itinerary while you’re […]

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