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Better Know a… Province (Part Three) Posted by on Dec 11, 2012

We’re going around this massive country little by little here at Transparent Chinese in this series inspired by one of my heroes, Stephen Colbert. So far, we’ve covered the two most famous cities in China – which are actually municipalities – Beijing and Shanghai. We’ve also explored two provinces famed for their heat – Sichuan and…

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Worth a Thousand Words: Photos of 2011 Posted by on Dec 30, 2011

Following our 2011 Year in Review post I thought it would be fitting to reflect back on the best images from our blog in 2011. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so without further ado, here’s China (from the Silk Road to Simatai) through my camera lens…

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Dunhuang (敦煌) Posted by on Oct 31, 2011

In the high desert plains of northern China, water dictates development. Nowhere can this be better illustrated than in Dunhuang or 敦煌 (Dūn huáng), one of the largest oasis-cities in Gansu Province or 甘肃 (Gān sù). Dunhuang roughly translates as “blazing beacon” in Chinese, a moniker it bestowed upon it as the terminus of the…

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Dunhuang, Gobi Desert (戈壁滩) Posted by on Jun 10, 2011

The Gobi desert or 戈壁滩 (gēbìtān) is the largest desert in Asia, spanning some 1,600 kilometers across northern China and central Mongolia. Known for its extreme temperatures, blistering winds and historical location along the Silk Road, the Gobi desert is truly a sight to behold. The following photos were taken in and outside of the greater Dunhuang (敦煌) area, including the…

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