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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4000 Kilometers. 9 Months of Walking. 8 Countries. 1 Pair of Boots: Interview with Nick Hunt

If you wanted to fly from Holland to Istanbul, it would take you about 4 hours. Over the past century however, at least two men have decided to walk the journey. The first, in 1933, was the 18 year old Patrick Leigh Fermor. Kicked out of school, Patrick decided to try his hand as a wandering […]

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Wish Lanterns – Young Lives in New China, Interview With Alec Ash

Alec Ash at Glam, Shanghai. Original Photo by Elyse Ribbons GeiliGiving.com There are over 320 million people in China aged between 15 and 30. This generation is often derided by their elders as well as the media. Depending on who you ask they’re shallow and materialistic, apathetic or overly patriotic. Beijing based journalist Alec Ash […]

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Why I Don’t Drive in Shanghai

Stern, unsmiling, green vested traffic cops have appeared at intersections across the city, from the concrete apartment blocks and asphalt overpasses of Putuo to the leafy lanes of the former French Concession. Like most Asian cities, the streets of Shanghai are a mad free for all. Motorbikes whip by, lights out no matter the hour or […]

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Seven Years On the Road – Interview with Colin Wright

Seven years ago, Colin Wright was working 100 hours a week running a branding studio in LA. He was on track to reach his goal of becoming a millionaire before the age of 25, when he had a change of heart. This lifestyle wasn’t so exciting anymore, and he wanted see the world. He started […]

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Singapore – Another Kind of Asia

A four year old kid sits in the back of a taxi in Singapore. He is blonde, blue eyed, and it’s his first time in Asia. The streets are packed, crowded, alive. The flashing neon signs scream out strange symbols. Everything is different and exciting. 20 years later, I again find myself cruising through Singapore. It is […]

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