Monthly Archives: June 2015

Eating in Xinjiang

One of the harder parts of travelling alone in China comes from finding good food. Asians, in general, pride communal meals, and the classic Chinese meal consists of several dishes shared around a table. Of course there are options for … Continue reading

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Xinjiang Museum

The Xinjiang Uyger Autonomous Region Museum is one of the two sites in Urumqi recommended by guidebooks. It is located behind the Sheraton. (more accurately, you gotta walk through a whole shopping mall featuring exquisite high end brands of Gucci … Continue reading

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Bookshopping in China

You can’t miss the (mega) Xinhua Bookstore whenever you’re in any half-major Chinese city. It’s a huge bookstore chain which, as with any self-respecting communist country, is government-owned. It usually occupies several stories of a mall. 7 stories of books … Continue reading

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What do you prefer while on vacation? To Explore or to Rest?

My struggle today: wondering whether the lovely views of Tianshan Tianchi (Xinjiang Heavenly Lake) is worth the 3+3hr return bus trip. The alternative is to essentially rot in bed in the nice hotel I booked myself into at the end … Continue reading

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Train Tickets in China

I attempted to buy train tickets yesterday in Urumqi. Was feeling pretty good about myself for taking public transport to the train station and all…costs 1 rmb! The bus numbers and the route is provided at the bus stop, with … Continue reading

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Florence: The Bargello (and Islamic Art)

Office (ministry, if you’d like) turned police station turned prison and so on…here you have the Bargello, now a museum featuring sculpture and art from the ducal collection. I’ll say, I was initially disappointed that it’s open-air…t’was a cold day! … Continue reading

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Shopping in Florence: Bartolucci

Here’s a little clock and wood shop that’s lovely to browse. Featuring Pinocchio at the door. Its author and creator, Carlo Collodi, is buried in Florence at a cemetery off Piazza Michelangelo. Check out the clocks on the wall, and … Continue reading

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