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Look Closer, Learn More, #GetAtHome In This World

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Show-Caving in Youxian’s Bailongdong (White Dragon Cave)

Hunan is a rather mountainous place, even containing the stone pillar landscape of Zhangjiajie… It is interesting geologically, but somehow, I did not expect caves – until we visited the White Dragon Cave (Bailongdong).

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Guilin Landscape at Sunset

The One Travel Destination You Need to Go!

These sorts of posts are everywhere and oh-so-popular. The ones to tell you the countries you must visit, the cities and sights you must see, the five things to eat and ten things to do.

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MicroExploration: See the World – and Study

We have this story in our heads – or actually, these stories – of adventurers and explorers on the one hand, bookworms on the other.

Ideally, though, the two stories actually go together. In microexploration, in particular.

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Japanese Zen Buddhism’s Hidden Roots in China: Hunan’s Baoning Chan Temple

In #microexploration manner, seeking to look closer and learn more, I returned to  the Baoning Si Chan Buddhist temple this summer.

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Alocs Gongfu Cha Tea Set, the Basics

Ever thought of a tea picnic outdoors, maybe even during a hike, instead of espresso?

There is gear for that, in the form of Alocs’ Xun Tang (Xing Yun) Camping Tea Set.

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Learning to Live in China

I’m back in China. This being the third time I’ve come to live and work here, it feels like a homecoming – and living in China still comes with its own challenges.

Your mileage may vary, of course, but I think I can point to some usual issues. And provide my perspective, of course.

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The Long March to a China Work Visa

China has recently tightened the rules for China work visa, indeed.

What used to be a little uncomfortable more because it meant dealing with “scary” Chinese bureaucracy (but wasn’t), has become a lengthy and strange process…

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Prague Marathon: All Runners Are Beautiful

Prague. Beautiful city, from all I heard, only too close to Austria. So, I never visited. The Prague Marathon made for a good reason to finally remedy that. And to see the town in a different way from the usual tourist paths.

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Where to find the Best Gelato in Florence – and Why Social Media Might Not Tell You

A part of “microexploration” I particularly like is to think through food. Enjoy it, and consider connections.

Looking for the best gelato in Florence found a connection with one of my least favorite parts of social media, though: the network effect.

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