International Travel

Budget Breakdown: How Much I Spent Traveling China for 7 Weeks

If you’re looking to know exactly how much it’ll cost to travel China for 7 weeks, I’m going to disappoint you. That’s because the truth is, there’s no good way to really tell you how much it costs to travel in China. It’s a huge country with diverse topography, 56 ethnic groups, and thousands of years of… Read More Budget Breakdown: How Much I Spent Traveling China for 7 Weeks

International Travel, Itineraries & Trip Planning, Travel Stories

A Guide to Trains in China, from the Old-School to the High-Speed

One of my most poignant observations when I was in China in spring 2012 was how the state of the Chinese rail system reflected the country’s growing wealth gap. As I rode a variety of trains in China between September and November 2017, this disparity only became clearer. There are extremely old trains that rattle… Read More A Guide to Trains in China, from the Old-School to the High-Speed

International Travel, Itineraries & Trip Planning

1 Day in Nanjing: What to Do and Eat

One of the ancient capitals of China, Nanjing literally means “southern capital.” While not as metropolitan as Shanghai (accessible in 90 minutes via the high-speed trains) and not as beautiful as its neighbors, the proclaimed “heavens on earth” cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou, Nanjing is a city filled with landmarks and artifacts that showcase China’s… Read More 1 Day in Nanjing: What to Do and Eat

International Travel, Reflections

Why You Must Visit the Nanjing Massacre Memorial to Understand Modern China

While Beijing may hold the historical treasures of China’s millennia-long history and Shanghai may be its global hub and largest city, it is Nanjing that holds the core of what China is today. Unless you or your relatives have lived in China in the past century or extensively studied the history of this period, you… Read More Why You Must Visit the Nanjing Massacre Memorial to Understand Modern China