In the Fields of Dali

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Dali is one of those special places in China that everyone seems to love, westerners and locals alike. To those that have been there, Dali is synonymous with tranquility, nature, yummy food, and of course, beauty. And unlike its somewhat chaotic neighbor, Lijiang, Dali has a chillness about it. Yes, there are a fair share of Continue Reading »

Chongqing’s Wansheng Stone Forest

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China’s most famous stone forest (石林)is located in Yunnan Province about 3 hours outside of Kunming. It’s massive and from what I hear well worth a visit. Chongqing’s stone forest, on the other hand, is virtually unknown. And some locals might tell you it’s not really worth the 3.5 hour drive from the city (没什么好玩儿 Continue Reading »

Xiamen, the City by the Sea

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Not all of China’s cities are crowded, dirty, and polluted concreted jungles. Like Kunming in Yunnan and Xining in Qinghai, Xiamen in Fujian Province is a smaller (on China’s scale), quieter, chiller, cleaner, and generally more relaxed city than the more well known mega-cities. Xiamen is home to 2 million coast-loving people. Today, the city Continue Reading »

Gulangyu Island, Home to Pianos and Seafood

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Gulangyu is a tiny island off the coast of Xiamen in Fujian province. Just a stone’s throw away from Taiwan, Gulangyu is a quaint maze of alleyways, seafood restaurants, shops, and an eclectic mix of museums. The island’s main claims to fame are its unique history and foreign influence as well as the fact that Continue Reading »

Chongqing Xpress: Part 4

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Everyday for the past year a massive construction project has seized the plot of land where Chongqing’s Jiangbei district used to have a water park. For months it seemed like nothing was happening, as all we could see were holes slowly being dug in the ground by massive drills. However, once the arduous task of installing Continue Reading »

Chongqing Xpress: Part 3

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October and November have been wet, cold, and grey. You can count the number of clear days on one hand. Below are some sites on a rare clear-ish day from the areas around the 菜园坝长江大桥. Just behind the Chongqing Railway Station there’s a massive collection of blue roofs. Under them lie of mixture of homes, Continue Reading »