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In Other Media: October 2019

Where I’ve appeared in other media sources this month.

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This is where I’ve appeared last month outside the realm of Vagabond Journey:


I was interviewed for a story on VICE about the interesting adaptions that China’s daigou — illegal importers — are making in the face of a widespread government crackdown. Read it here:


I published five articles on Forbes this month, bringing my total up to 200 articles that I’ve published with them since January of 2016. I took a little more than a year long sabbatical from publishing with them to free up some time to work on film and book projects, but now I’m back.

I had three stories do rather well this month, one is up to 99,000 views, another brought in 85,000, and a third attracted 35,000 visitors. The remaining two also did decently, coming in at around 10,000 views each.

My stories this month ranged from China’s activities in Africa to floating cities to Americans receiving unordered packages from Asian criminals to China’s new solution to solve its housing crisis to why China’s development model can’t be exported. You can check them out below:

What China Is Really Up To In Africa

Waterworld? Hollywood Sci-fi Becomes Reality As Sea Levels Rise

Americans Are Still Receiving Unordered Packages From Asian E-criminals

China Now Has An Answer To Its Housing Crisis – It’s Called Rent

Why China’s Development Model Won’t Work In Africa

John Hopkins University Press

I was also surprised to find a nice review of Ghost Cities of China appear in the John Hopkins University journal East Asian Science, Technology and Society. Read it here:

Ghost Cities of China: The Story of Cities without People in the World’s Most Populated Country by Wade Shepard (review)


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About the Author:

I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 91 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3719 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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  • Trevor November 16, 2019, 5:06 am

    man you’ve been busy

    big news…… in the WEBSITE link

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    • Wade Shepard November 26, 2019, 4:51 pm

      Excellent! You packed a good deal of truth into that post. In the USA people save their lives for retirement just to discover that they become slaves to health insurance bills, let alone doctors — and all the other entities striving to take the hard earned money that the worker bees saved up over their lives. They leave one form of self-imposed servitude and enter into another. Many realize they got ripped off, but at that point it’s too late. Live for today, live for tomorrow, but don’t live for ten, twenty, thirty years from now. The stage probably won’t be set how you think it will be.

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      • Trevor November 27, 2019, 4:20 pm

        Thanks man…. for the interaction and reading my post;))

        D day is Jan 6.. London to Paris, to Marseille, to …….. Tunis, on the ferry… ;))))) oh btw…. country 93 lmao 94 wont come for a while though

        hope u r well… regards T

  • Shang Teo December 2, 2019, 9:29 am

    Oh man! How cool is that?! I love watching VICE! And I’m gonna check out Ghost Cities of China! Thumbs UP!

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    • Wade Shepard December 3, 2019, 1:28 pm

      Thank you!

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