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.
A challenging border crossing in what is supposed to be one of Asia's most unrestricted land ports.
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.
They call it the New Silk Highway, it's an 8,445 kilometer road that will stretch from the coast of China to St. Petersburg, Russia that will cut the transit time down to just ten days. I was able to catch a glimpse of its final stages of construction.
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.
Inefficient border crossings, corrupt immigration officers, racial profiling and harassment, and nothing but cheap Chinese junk — so this is the future of commerce on the New Silk Road?
Media coverage of Ghost Cities of China for June. Featuring the Nanjinger, TimeOut Beijing and Shanghai, the Guardian, Channel NewsAsia, and the China Daily.
Take a look at the first new city of what could be the greatest development initiative the world has ever known.
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.
Crossing borders in and out of Xinjiang proved to be unexpectedly problematic. Is this a sign of challenges to come as I continue research on the New Silk Road?
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.
Urumqi is a city that appears to be under siege, and in many ways it is.
This is an article that I wrote for CityMetric, the urbanism blog of the New Statesman.