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I Return to the USA After 2.5 Years Away and I’m Surprised by These 9 Things

Wade Shepard

Returning to the USA for a visit I realize that the country is different than how I remember it.

The Story of Ordos Kangbashi, China’s Most Famous Ghost City

Wade Shepard

They came from just about every other corner of China to start new lives in a remote outpost in Inner Mongolia. Ordos Kangbashi was meant to be one of China’s new urban utopias though it hasn’t yet worked out that way.

8 Simple Things You Need to Know Before you Teach English Abroad

Lawrence Hamilton

Want to teach English in a foreign country? This is what you need to know.

Top Ten Things That You Will Really Do in Thailand

Arthur Fern

Screw the tourist brochures telling you what to do in Thailand, this is the stuff you’re really going experience.

The Sobering Experience of Partying With China’s Rich

Mitch Blatt

Take a look at what the nightlife of China’s 1% is really like.

China’s Disposable Cities

Wade Shepard

China’s cities are being built to be demolished to be built again. They are virtually disposable. Here’s why.

What Becomes of China’s Ghost Cities

Wade Shepard

I traveled back to a deserted new urban development in China eight years later to find what had happened to it.

This is the easiest way I've found to meet people when traveling.

Why I Go to Trade Fairs

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Trade shows can provide travelers with a goldmine of information about the country they're in and the road ahead.

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What China is becoming was showcased in a row of exhibits. Why was I the only one looking at them?

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At low tide in Xiamen thousands go into the surf to collect free food from the sea.

The Road Ahead: Wade to Walk Kinmen Island

My proposed route of travel around Kinmen

I am going to walk around Taiwan's Kinmen island.

Xiamen fisherman on foam raft

How the fishermen of Xiamen get back and forth from their boats.

In Focus: Taiwan’s Kinmen Island

Shrine in Jincheng.

Find out what makes Taiwan's Kinmen Island so interesting.

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A Night with Shanghai Businessmen

What is gained and what is lost from walking a wayward path.

goat milk Xiamen

China's cities are full of stark contrasts and contradictions, and that's what makes them so fascinating.

How New Zealanders Are Trying to Legalize Marijuana

Otago NORML relaxes in beautiful New Zealand countryside
photo credit-Julian Crawford

While wandering in the green hills of New Zealand Lawrence Hamilton meets NORML.

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There is much more to mooncakes than calories.

mid-autumn full moon

During China's Mid-Autumn Festival people pour out of their houses to admire the moon.

The Fast Chinese Goodbye

Xiamen beach

It is a sometimes startling social protocol in China for goodbyes to be so short as to nearly be nonexistent.

Learning Bobing, Mooncake Gambling in Xiamen


I learn how to mooncake gamble, and win a giant package of toilet paper.


Even in the most apparently mundane settings you never know what you may find . . . if you keep exploring.

How I Feel Upon Returning to China


I don't know why, but this is how I feel every time I come back to China.


I learn why the Chinese don't use the letter F to designate seats on their airplanes. Well, maybe.

The Worst Airport Terminal in America?

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Could this be the worst airport terminal there is?

The Other Washington Monument

Davis's Memorial Basks in Southern Stereotypes

Lawrence Hamilton takes another look at the south and finds out what this roadside attraction is all about.


Why we should put an end to this barbaric custom.

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