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Review of Urumqi’s Foreign Restaurants

June 19 | 22 Comments

My son is a little over two years old now and I couldn’t help but laugh yesterday when I asked him what he wanted to eat for lunch. Without hesitation he calmly turned to me and says: “Pollo, daddy. I want to eat pollo.” My son doesn’t want pizza, he doesn’t want a hamburger or […]

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(Fake) Story of Urumqi Miner Trapped 17 Years

May 27 | 5 Comments

For all the strengths and advantages of social media, users who fact-check stories before they share them has never been one of them. Take, for example, the most recent story of a Urumqi, Xinjiang miner who was reportedly rescued after 17 years trapped underground. This story, which for the past month I’ve seen circulated numerous […]

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Update on the Urumqi, Xinjiang Attacks (Can I Still Travel to Xinjiang?)

May 24 | 66 Comments

As many of you know, these past few months have been quite difficult here in Urumqi, the capital of China’s far western region of Xinjiang. It seemed like a distant problem back in March when Kunming was struck with a violent knife attack but sadly came knocking on our doorstep in late April when the Urumqi […]

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Traveler’s View of Tashkurgan | Living the Slow Life

March 24 | 7 Comments

The arrival in Tashkurgan, Xinjiang is quite surrealistic. The meager traffic on the Karakoram Highway (KKH) which is its only road access is not going to provide much development in what is basically a small town which can be visited on foot.

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Mayhem at the Xinjiang CBA Playoff Basketball Game

March 11 | 10 Comments

Basketball is an extremely popular sport here in China, arguably the most popular behind ping-pong. Ask any male youth and they can probably name their favorite NBA team and a few of their favorite players: 科比 (Kobe Bryant), 詹姆斯 (Lebron James) or 乔丹 (Michael Jordan) among many others.

So why is it that it that nobody seems to care about the professional China Basketball Association (CBA)?

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A Crazy Idea That Would Literally Reshape Xinjiang, China

February 24 | 4 Comments

I read news last week about a recent proposal to push the US state of California to divide into 6 different states. It intrigued me for a few different reasons, not the least of which has to do with my current home here in Xinjiang, China.

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Invisible China | A Review of Ethnic Proportions

February 14 | No Comments

From the very beginning, Invisible China felt to me like an interesting cross between a travelogue, a social commentary and a piece of journalism. As odd as that may sound, it blended quite well into an entertaining, informative narrative.

Readers follow Legerton and Rawson as they travel from…

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Cost of Living: Xinjiang 2013 – Infographic

November 20 | 10 Comments

How much does it cost to live in Xinjiang, China in 2013? As you’ll see in this infographic, it’s not nearly as much as Shanghai.

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A Professional Photographer’s View of Xinjiang, China

October 31 | No Comments

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Xinjiang, in my humble opinion, is a photographer’s paradise. Travelers with even the simplest camera phone can take great photos, but professional photographers can produce stunning results. After years of traveling around Xinjiang, China with a puny little pocket camera, I have finally crossed over to […]

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Sneak Peek at Urumqi’s New High-Speed Rail Station

May 28 | 6 Comments

Urumqi to Beijing in 12 hours. Average speed of 350 km/hr (220 mph). An investment of 143 billion yuan. It’s the world’s longest high-speed rail line and it is expected to open as early as 2015.

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