Category: Notes from the Field

Urbanization in Urumqi

The last day of my Xinjiang trip was spent in Urumqi, the region’s capital. Once a major hub on the Silk Road, Urumqi has seen large amounts of economic and infrastructure development to become the largest city in… Read More

Turpan: Heat and History

Today’s Silk Road travels bring us to Turpan, a small city and former oasis on the Silk Road. With the construction of the new high-speed railway in 2015, this city is now only an hour by train from… Read More

On the Silk Road: Kashgar

Greetings, Off the Silk Road readers! I write to you with some very exciting news. For the first time, Off the Silk Road is actually on the Silk Road! For the next five days, I will be embarking on… Read More

Expedition 16: An Introduction

  I can’t believe I’m doing this again! Next week, I will be in China on my 16th trip to the Middle Kingdom. Like most trips, this trip will have a few phases and purposes. Return to the… Read More

Old Friends, New Friends

Day: 3 Current Location: Kunming (昆明) Miles traveled: 1518 Hello from Kunming, the City of Eternal Spring. After taking a car to Lijiang airport where the driver proceeded to shave himself during the trip and flying on a… Read More

Returning to a Rural Home

Day: 2 Current Location: Lijiang (丽江) Miles traveled: 1318 (approximately) When we travel, we sometimes form strong relationships with the people of our host country. So when the opportunity came for me to return to the Nan Yao… Read More

Lijiang: New Year, Old Town

Day: 1 Current Location: Lijiang (丽江) Miles traveled: 1318 (approximately) Hello from the Mama’s Naxi Guesthouse in Lijiang’s Old Town! The real journey began today, as I left the comfort of and excellent city view from my Beijing… Read More

The Real Adventure Begins…Going South of the Clouds!

Day: T-1 Current Location: Beijing (北京) Hello friends! It’s been 30 days since I arrived in Beijing and I have written 0 blog posts. My days have been filled with work, learning and exploration. With the Beijing part… Read More

China Summer 2017!

Long time, no update! I’m heading to China Thursday for 6 weeks. Itinerary and updates to come, so stay tuned. First stop, Beijing! “I now walk into the wild.” — Christopher Mccandless 一路顺风 (may the wind be at… Read More

Expedition 13: An Introduction

你好 from Shanghai! You haven’t heard from the blog in a while. We’ve been really busy traveling throughout China! I would like to take this post to introduce this trip’s itinerary. This trip is unofficially named “Expedition 13,”… Read More