Has the McDonald's/ Yum Brands "rotten meat" food quality and safety scandal really scared the Chinese away from Western fast food?
How fishermen on Xiamen island use electricity to catch fish.
After years of traveling in China, I stepped up to the boarding gate for my train and found myself in line alone. Trains going south from Shanghai were cancelled because of a typhoon.
I walked into a McDonald's in Shanghai and was told they din't have any food. Here's what happened.
Riding through the extremes of life on the Banjarmasin canals.
When it all doesn't add up, just go for the ride. This is the only way to get through Chinese bureaucracy.
The off-color guide to global public ground transportation.
America's old military outpost in Western Australia.
There will invariably come a time in every traveler's journey when they will turn around to find themselves corralled by the law. Bad Mike tells you how to escape the clutches of the police while remaining financially intact.
I was recently interviewed by Steve Collins of radioroaming.com, based out of Perth Australia. We talked about adventures in Mauritania and some of the realities of traveling in Pakistan.
Books to make home seem like a new frontier.
As China's so-called ghost cities fill up they are forgotten by a mainstream international media that is hungry for sensational stories, not rational takes on what is surely the most expansive urbanization movement in human history. Here are five new cities in China that have filled up with people and commerce since being heralded as ghost towns.
Fishing on the beaches of Sri Lanka is a tradition that the people there have been doing for thousands of years. Today, a sea turtle came in with the catch.
Dancing through Chinese bureaucracy is a Kafka-esque endeavor, a mashing of contradiction and a collision of mutual exclusive parameters. But something can be both black and white here, so you keep dancing.
Nearly a quarter of a million Cambodians have fled Thailand in fear of a violent crackdown on undocumented workers by the new junta. Here's the story of one such escape.
It is said that fast food is unhealthy, that it will make you fat and make you dead. But global statistics show something very different.
Nanhui is a full scale, independent new city that is being completely built from scratch 60 km outside of downtown Shanghai. It is being constructed to house 800,000 people, but is currently in the ghost city stage of development: hanging somewhere between being deserted and coming alive. This is the story of what I found there.
Boiling rats, guzzling urine, ladyboys, a broomstick to the head, and an old vagabond bastard finding the wisdom of the open road. In other words, another travel yarn spun by the inimitable Michael Britton. Compulsory reading.
My daughter, Petra, has been in China for two and a half years. During that time she learned the most vital aspect of cultural cohesion: language.