I just completed my second round of research travels for my upcoming book on the New Silk Road.
This is an article that I wrote for the South China Morning Post about how Shenzhen has become the global epicenter of grassroots hardware innovation.
This is an article that I wrote a while back for the South China Morning Post. It's about how many expat business owners in China have adapted to changes in the economic climate by moving away from export based industries and focusing on the budding domestic consumer market.
Hostels without receptionists? Without security? Without anyone but some lady who comes in once in a while to scrub the floors and change the sheets? Tristan Hicks discovers that flashpacking has been taken to an entirely new level.
This is an article that I wrote for the SCMP about how the Chinese government is backing the country's vibrant maker movement.
I travel with my daughter across the northeast of the USA and she shows me that she's already learned the key to travel.
These are the most important languages to know for world travel.
I move on to my next world language: Russian. Here's why.
Lawrence Hamilton recently sat down with Dolkun Isa of the Uyghur World Congress to discuss the current relationship between the people of Xinjiang and the Chinese Government, whether the New Silk Road will have a positive impact on the Uyghur's lives, and what the future of the region might hold.
A decade long search for the ultimate blogging device may have come to an end.
This is an article that I wrote for the China Daily to complement a cover story on ghost cities that I was included in.
An overview of the under reported menagerie of conflicts in India's restive northeast.
Media coverage of Ghost Cities of China for June. Featuring the Nanjinger, TimeOut Beijing and Shanghai, the Guardian, Channel NewsAsia, and the China Daily.
This is my latest article in CityMetric, the urbanism blog of the New Statesman. It's about the reasons why many of China's new cities appear so empty for so long.
Empty malls replacing ancient neighborhoods, the police patrolling the streets, and a place where Uighurs and Chinese come together were all part of what Lawrence Hamilton found when he returned to Kashgar.
Looking out at Horgos, a backwater town on the Kazakh border that's being super changed into becoming a big city by all out fiat.
How Uighur flat bread ovens are made in Urumqi.
A little about the ice cream that is virtually everywhere in the Uighur parts of Xinjiang.
The harsh reality and subtle beauty of everyday life in Kashgar.
This is an article that I wrote for CityMetric, the urbanism blog of the New Statesman.