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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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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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