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“Dragon Cliff City”: One Mountain, One Short Hike – Still Chongqing

Chongqing – City of Fog, City of Hot Pot, Mountain City – is still not much of a tourist town. It has its sights, though. In this series of short articles, I want to introduce some of them.

Here, a little mountain in the very south of the “city” area…

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Aerial View of "Strange Stones" at Shanwangping

Strange Stones in Shanwangping, Where Chongqing Isn’t the World’s Largest City

Chongqing – City of Fog, City of Hot Pot, Mountain City – is still not much of a tourist town. It has its sights, though – which will be the topic of this series of short articles.

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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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