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Best Places to go in China in 2018 Posted by on Jan 22, 2018

For many people, their New Year’s resolution is to travel more or learn a new language. Why not kill two birds with one stone (一箭双雕 – yī jiàn shuāng diāo) by heading to China to do both? Not only is China an amazing country to explore, but English is not widely-spoken. This means you’ll have…

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2016 Year in Review – Culture and Travel Posted by on Dec 29, 2016

A Guide to Telling the Time in Chinese

If you’re a fan of Chinese language and culture, 2016 has been a good year. We’ve covered tons of topics this year, including plenty of posts heavy on new Chinese vocabulary and important grammar. This blog is about more than just learning new words, though – it’s also about diving into Chinese culture and exploring…

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The Classic Yunnan Backpacking Trip Posted by on Feb 17, 2016

Kunming Day Trips Video

There’s been a lot of posts about Yunnan province (云南省 – yún nán shěng) here recently. That’s partly because I spent a year living there, and also because it’s just a downright awesome place. I mean, what other province in China has 18 oddities about it? I’ve also given you 20 reasons why you should visit…

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Shaxi Video Tour Posted by on Feb 11, 2016

Shaxi Villages

We’ve already introduced the ancient town of Shaxi in Yunnan province in a written post, so now it’s time to take a little video tour. Check out the town square, a few temples, and an awesome hostel. Explore the beautiful surroundings on foot, and finish with the colorful Friday market.

Shaxi Friday Market Posted by on Jan 26, 2016

As I mentioned in the post about the Ancient Town of Shaxi, there’s a great outdoor market that goes on every Friday. Yunnan is one of the most diverse provinces in all of China, second only to Xinjiang in terms of how many ethnic minority groups are represented – there are 47 in Xinjiang and…

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Shaxi Ancient Town Posted by on Jan 25, 2016

Shaxi Yunnan

Most backpackers in Yunnan follow a pretty beaten path – Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, and Tiger Leaping Gorge. This is all doable in 10-14 days, all linked up with public transportation, and these places all cater to tourists. There are also many interesting places in Yunnan that are quite hard to get to, especially if you…

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One Year in Yunnan (Part One) Posted by on Jul 7, 2015

After over four years of living in Beijing, I decided to head south for cleaner air and better weather to live in Kunming, the provincial capital of Yunnan. I had a great job, nice apartment, and an amazing circle of friends, all of which were tough to leave behind. Before we even got to Kunming…

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