Buying Chinese Fruit

Near my subway stop in Foshan, China was a row of vendors, some selling fruit, others selling knockoff electronics. I’m not sure which had a longer shelf life.

3 Internalized Idiosyncrasies from China

Sometimes after one returns from travels, they search for some pithy declaration on how their world views may have changed. (Does that sentence count?) That truism is certainly worthwhile and meaningful, but often it's the minutiae of daily life that is rather interesting. We go our whole lives fruitlessly searching for deeper meaning; let’s just... Continue Reading →

Lantern Festival in China

This story will be the quick confluence of two threads that will quickly be sewn together. One. When I was living in Foshan, China, I often took the time on my days off to ride the subway to Guangzhou, the third largest city in the country basically just to walk around and see the city.... Continue Reading →

Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, PRC

Some places don’t really need too much of an introduction or historical context: they’re just damn pretty. Zhangjiajie could stand on its own as a destination, with pictures doing most of the talking. However, per usual, I like to give slightly more deliberation. Millions of years ago, the park was flooded with that giant ocean... Continue Reading →

Changsha, Hunan Province, PRC

Changsha is the provincial capital of Hunan Province, and a place where Mao Zedong spent loads of time. It’s in the center of the country, but has a fairly extensive military history, both ancient and modern. The most recent was the Japanese invasion during World War 2 (which began in 1937 for the Chinese). It... Continue Reading →

Smog or Fog?

It’s insane how people still lie to themselves here about smog. “It’s not smog; it’s fog,” I hear over and over and over again. They repeat untrue truisms, such as “the south is fine” and the “countryside is clean.” Largely these trends are true, compared to Beijing. But if you set the bar too low,... Continue Reading →

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