Category Archives: Travel

Concerning travel websites

One thing there is plenty of in the world today is travel websites. One thing there is a decided lack of is some degree of regulation or formal editorial process which vets these sites for accuracy, validity, timeliness, and of … Continue reading

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The importance of business cards

When traveling in China’s megacities, one thing should be kept in mind: the taxi drivers are not out to get you, nor are they ignoring you because you are a foreigner, nor are they refusing to take you where you … Continue reading

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Getting around – Taxis

Reading the Lost Laowai blog, I enjoyed an early rant complaining about the status of public transportation back home (for the author) in Canada. According to his calculations, taxis in China are less than the cost of public transportation in … Continue reading

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Understanding Scams and Reality

A quick visit over to Wikitravel’s China page will leave one somewhat worried about any Chinese person who approaches them with a smile. In my edits on that page, as well as the work of others, we have tried to … Continue reading

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Do you speak English?

Unfortunately the answer all too often is “Ting bu dong.” (I don’t understand) But then we must always remember, this is their country, not ours. Just as we expect the whole world to speak English within 10 minutes of their … Continue reading

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On the rocks

You didn’t think I was finished with Shaxi and the valleys of western Yunnan did you? As a site central to the power of the Dali and Nanzhao kings, the region was a center of flowering culture – on mercifully … 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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