Among The Tuna Merchants: Pre-Dawn at the Osaka Fish Market

You’re in a cold warehouse about the size of your high school gymnasium. It’s still dark outside. Enormous tuna fish lie in rows in the middle. They are whole but are missing their heads. A small slice of flesh has been cut from the tail of each, and placed beside it. Signs in Japanese give the origin. […]

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Mysteries in New Zealand and Beyond – Interview with Charles Anderson

Charles Anderson is a New Zealand writer and journalist whose work focuses on uncovering mysteries at home and getting to the bottom of the story overseas. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, and pretty much every paper in New Zealand. As a traveller and journalist, Charles has explored […]

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“Master Worker, Take Me to the Pandas” – A Story of Chengdu

A Highway on the Outskirts of Chengdu, China. December 2016. The taxi driver attacked the road with staccato fury, charging forward into every gap, honking incessantly. This was pretty textbook ‘Chinese taxi driver’ behavior. What set this particular chauffeur apart was his alarming habit of closing his eyes and seeming to doze off whenever we […]

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Talks with Travelers – Six Interviews with Travel Writers from 2016

From the old town of Shanghai to the bomb shelters of Kiev, the Intrepid Times Interviews dig deep into the stories and insights of some of our most beloved travel writers. 2016 saw the beginning of this series, which we plan to expand into the New Year and beyond. Here are the six interviews which we […]

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Reflections on China from the Tokyo Tower

We hightailed it outta Tianjin through smog that caught in your throat, erased buildings barely 50 meters away, and tinged everything with a sickly orange-brown hue. Jaded from over a year in China, the thrill of the unknown, the different, which had attracted us to the country in the first place was replaced by weariness, […]

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Tales of Old Shanghai – Interview with Katya Knyazeva

So much happened to Shanghai during the 20th century that even to attempt a summary is enough send one reaching for the Baijiu (read: Chinese grain alcohol / kerosene that people drink). One way to make sense of this history is to look to the buildings. The colonial concessions, the waves of immigrants, the astonishing […]

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The Heroes of Nanjie-Cun Square

In 2012, motivated by an article in the New York Times and a tantalizing hint in the Lonely Planet guidebook, myself and my traveling companion Tiho Mijatov set out from Beijing to discover the small village of Najie-cun, which claims to be China’s last genuine Maoist collective. Thanks to a sweaty Beijing taxi driver who […]

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Darmon Richter on Dark Tourism and Urban Exploration in Eastern Europe, North Korea and Beyond

Darmon Richter is a British writer and the author of the upcoming book ‘Eternal Glory.’ His writing focuses on the obscure and macabre aspects of world history, often as seen through the monuments and ruins left behind by the Soviet Union and the countries in its orbit. Using vivid photography as well as a knack […]

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Night Train to Mandalay

A night train from Yangon to Mandalay provides a snapshot into how it feels to travel in Burma / Myanmar in 2016 as the country prepares for a tourist boom. Interested but don’t feel like reading? I’ve recorded an audio version of this post for you to download or listen online. It’s identical to the text […]

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Notes From the Back Seat – in Taxis Across China

It’s almost impossible to remain dry in Hong Kong. You either get caught in a tropical monsoon, or the humidity makes you drench yourself with sweat. It helps if you catch a cab. The air conditioning keeps you in a cozy daze as you somehow dodge your way around trams, buses and tourists. But across […]

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