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China Gay Guide: Gay Life, Gay Bars, Gay Travel

China Gay Guide: Gay Life, Gay Bars, Gay Travel

China Gay Guide: Glamorous & Grey When discussing being gay in China, many Westerners have no idea what to imagine when they think of China, let alone what it’s like being gay in China. The media has made the world aware of how tough it is to be homosexual in the Middle East, especially in...

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Qin Shi Huang: The Man and His Legacy

Qin Shi Huang: The Man and His Legacy

While King of the Qin State, Ying Zheng rained hellfire on the opposition and united China under a single imperial banner for the first time in history. Emerging from the Warring States Period with six notches in his imperial belt, the State of Qin King proclaimed himself Qin Shi Huang Di which translates to something along the lines...

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China Border Crossings: Traveling to Laos from China

China Border Crossings: Traveling to Laos from China

One of the benefits of living in China is that despite the country’s megalithic size, it borders a number of other countries making for some interesting travel in those regions—so why not take advantage of some of China’s border crossings and make the leap into the rest of Asia? But make sure you have your...

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What to see in Kunming: The Charms of China’s Number One Easy City

What to see in Kunming: The Charms of China’s Number One Easy City

For some reason, Kunming never makes the top of the list of China’s “Best places to live,” which is weird because it seems like the city should win hands down. The sun shines pretty much all year round, when it does rain it’s refreshing, and the city’s location on a plateau makes for a bright sky and...

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Lanzhou: Silk Road crossroads and the heart of Islam in China

Lanzhou: Silk Road crossroads and the heart of Islam in China

Lanzhou waterwheels China is a gargantuan nation where even the smallest municipalities can have larger populations than many a European or American city. With so much space to cover and so many stories to tell, it’s all too easy to just focus on the next big adventure and trying to discover the “real China,” but sometimes the...

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Unite the China Blogs

Unite the China Blogs

Ever stumble across a China blog that had stunning pics, great writing and a dedicated webmaster? Ever wonder how in the heck that blog only had 2 comments over 10 years—all from family?Well a lot of that has to do with the exploding number of China-related blogs and content sites out there run by people...

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Top 10 Things to See & Do on China’s Ancient Tea Horse Road: Traveling China’s Tea Horse Road

Top 10 Things to See & Do on China’s Ancient Tea Horse Road: Traveling China’s Tea Horse Road

 Long a backpacker favorite, the ancient trade route known as the Tea Horse Road connects southwest China with Tibet, Southeast Asia, and India.  And as domestic and international tourism boom throughout China, points along the old trail are becoming increasingly popular destinations, both with trekkers willing to bed down in local guest houses and hostels, as...

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Forget Venice: The Charm of China’s Ancient Canal Towns are Beyond Compare

Forget Venice: The Charm of China’s Ancient Canal Towns are Beyond Compare

Picture Venice: The narrow streets, stone bridges ancient architecture and gondolas gliding along smooth canals. Got it? Now jump 6,000 miles, replace Venice’s Gothic architecture with pagodas and the gondolas with wooden canopy boats, and you’re in one of China’s famous water towns, all of them claiming to be the “Venice of the East.” Don’t let...

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15 Shanghai pickpocket hotspots—and how to defend against thieves

15 Shanghai pickpocket hotspots—and how to defend against thieves

A Chinese local imparts his wisdom about which areas of Shanghai are most prone to pickpockets with Shanghai’s 15 Pickpocket Hotspots.  Shanghai is undoubtedly one of the safest-feeling megacities on the planet, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get robbed. As many-a-foreigner (and local) can tell you, there are pickpockets all over the place. How...