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

February 1 | 109 Comments

Update February 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 to Fly as an Air Courier in 2019

January 15 | No Comments

Is it still possible to fly as an air courier? Back in the day, being an air courier used to be a popular travel hack that would get you free flights. Ever since the attacks on September 11th, though, the industry took a nosedive and looked like it would never recover. But…has it? Earlier this year, […]

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Is Xinjiang Safe for Travelers? Security & Threats in 2019

January 14 | 20 Comments

The most commonly asked question from people who are planning a trip to China’s western region is this: Is Xinjiang safe for travelers (especially now in 2019)? It’s a legitimate question, particularly since most of what you’ve probably read in the news or heard from friends seems to indicate that you’re putting your life in danger […]

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Is the Internet Accessible in Xinjiang? XJ Q&A #3

January 2 | 1 Comment

How is the internet in Xinjiang? Super slow? Is it possible to use a VPN while traveling in Xinjiang, China? These are some very interesting questions I’ve received from travelers over the years and considering the history of Xinjiang’s internet, not surprising. As part of the ongoing FarWestChina series of Xinjiang travel Q&A videos, I’d […]

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Uyghur Knife from Yengisar | A Lost Cultural Symbol

December 18 | 14 Comments

For many people, the Yengisar knife is a timeless symbol of Uyghur culture in Xinjiang. While Uyghur knives are still sold, the original town that created them has become a ghost town. Here’s the story of the Uyghur knife from Yengisar, Xinjiang in China. For centuries, the craft of making the Uyghur knife has been an […]

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