Slideshow: The Many Faces of China

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The arc of our travel experience is shaped by the people we meet. Even the most beautiful food and landscape need a human context. With that in mind, we offer a selection of faces - each with a story - that we will recall whenever we reflect on our travels in China.The following slideshow is our take on China's ethnic diversity. While these images represent … [Read more...]

Hot Pot Fever

Fixings for Hot Pot

Clinging to the theme of sweaty, shirtless men, we bring you our reflections on hot pot in China.Women, don’t be repulsed. Men, don’t toss your shirts just yet. … [Read more...]

Top 10 Xinjiang Dishes

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We begin our Chinese food series in the same place we entered China: in the city of Kashgar in China's western frontier province of Xinjiang. Like the native Uighur people and their culture, food in Xinjiang province resembles Central Asian and Turkic cuisine more than stereotypical Chinese food. … [Read more...]

REAL Chinese Food: A Photo Essay

Once you get past the mounds of chili-marinated chicken feet and the rows of village dogmeat vendors, Chinese food in China is terrific.Regional Chinese cuisines and ethnic minority specialties deliver a diversity of flavors and texture. The vast array of peppers, spices and sauces ensure that taste buds rarely grow tired. … [Read more...]

A New Breed of Dog?

Dogs with tiger stripes?Is it the next new Chinese dog breed coming your way? An experiment in genetic modification that escaped from the lab with the help of an ambitious entrepreneur?Or do the stripes wash off after the first bath? … [Read more...]

In China’s Own Words

Heroes contend for hegemony nationalities merge. - A clip from a descriptive placard at China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region MuseumOne Sunday in Urumqi (also known in pinyin Chinese as Wulumuqi) – the once backwater turned boomtown and regional capital of China’s Xinjiang Region - we paid a free visit to China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Museum. … [Read more...]

Photos from the Edge of China: Kashgar

If you click around our first installment of photos from China expecting images of kung pao and red lanterns, perhaps you'll be surprised to find chick pea salads and women in head scarves instead. For most, China's Xinjiang Province doesn't quite match their notions of what China should look like. Our images of Kashgar's people, food, and markets are more … [Read more...]