Category: China Summer 2018

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