Monthly Archives: July 2010

The strange pathology of Laowai

Having lived abroad three times in my life (twice in China and once in Singapore), I have had plenty of times to study a peculiar culture. It is not the culture of my adopted country (be it China or Singapore) … Continue reading

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The Other Silk Road

This is the first of several entries about one of the most interesting off-the-beaten path places I visited in China – the old Tea and Horse Caravan Trail town of Shaxi. Everyone knows about the old Silk Road(s) which passed … Continue reading

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Home for the Barbarians

Ever since the Ming Dynasty agreed to permit oceanic trade with the West on limited terms at Canton (today’s Guangzhou), foreign adventurers and traders called upon the Chinese coast. The evidence of their heyday can still be seen on the … Continue reading

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When you get homesick

It will happen so don’t pretend that it won’t. The first time I went to China I was actually upset with my parents and brother because they wanted to go eat at an American restaurant during our time in Beijing. … Continue reading

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Tips for the flight and jet lag

You arrive after an interminably long flight. Unfortunately you saved money by getting the cheapest ticket possible which meant you were assigned the middle seat of the center five on a 747. Your arms and legs are cramped and sore. … Continue reading

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Complain Complain – What to make of online feedback?

We all want to have the best experience possible when we travel. Indeed, the last thing we want is to book a place and find out it is a dump (been there, done that, used the scratchy towels). Obviously the … Continue reading

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Rammed Earth Lasts Longer

During the Cold War US Spy Satellites trained their electronic eyes on China – as they did just about everywhere else. In the mountains of Fujian they snapped images of massive round structures deep in hidden valleys. Alarmed these could … Continue reading

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