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How I Use Gmail in China (despite it being blocked)

July 25 | 4 Comments

How do I use Gmail in China? If you’re like me, you use Gmail or the Google Apps suite for business. 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, you’re going to need an extra […]

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Xinjiang Cuisine: 5 Must-Eat Foods (& How to Order Them)

July 23 | 14 Comments

When it comes to traveling the Silk Road, the Xinjiang cuisine is not to be missed. Here are 5 “must-eat” foods and how to order them both in Mandarin and in Uyghur!

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Traveling China’s Karakoram Highway | Traveler’s Guide

July 16 | 24 Comments

If you are traveling to Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang region, the Karakoram Highway is a must-see destination! Often regarded as the “Eight Wonder of the World”, this long stretch of highway links China with Pakistan, cuts through snowcapped mountains and features diverse cultures along the way. It’s a trip that you’ll never forget. For travelers […]

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Wucaitan: Xinjiang’s Five-Colored Hills | Traveler’s Guide

July 9 | 5 Comments

五彩滩. Spelled out in pinyin it’s “Wucaitan”, which has been translated as either “Rainbow Beach” or “Five-Colored Hills”. Although normally dwarfed by Kanas Lake, it’s popular neighbor further north, this scenic Xinjiang gem is worth a second glance…if not a visit.

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Kashgar’s Iconic Id Kah Mosque | Complete Traveler’s Guide

July 2 | 5 Comments

Few experiences compare to visiting Kashgar’s Id Kah Mosque during Eid ul-Fitr, the day that most Uyghurs break the month-long Ramadan fast. Check out the video!

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