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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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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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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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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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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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From Sichuan to Cairo – Interview With Peter Hessler

Earlier this week I had the privilege of interviewing one of my favorite authors, Peter Hessler. As a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of three acclaimed books on China, Hessler’s writing offers fascinating and deeply felt insights into the changing landscapes, cultures and characters he has encountered in his travels.  After teaching in […]

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