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Five Best Book Cafes around East Asia

I like nothing better than sitting in a cafe with a book, and one of the first things I do in a new city is scope out the best and most unique cafes to visit. From quirky to stylish, snug to spacious, I love them all. Here are a few special ones I’ve found so far on my travels. Tranquil Books | Hanoi This is a fantastic little place in Hanoi. Towards the end of...

Mourning and Celebrating Nanjing’s Past: Visiting the Nanjing Massacre and Zheng He Memorials

Where is Nanjing? Nanjing is home to more than 7 million people, a modest population by Chinese standards. But with its proximity to the mountains and the Yangtze river, the city can feel like a cozy town compared to the all-pervasive presence of people and concrete in Shanghai. Which is ridiculous, because “cozy town” has never been an accurate way to describe...

How China Got Me Interested in North Korea

How did living in China start my North Korea fascination? The title of this article may lead you to believe that I hold fascist sympathies and have perfected my goose step, but that’s certainly not the case. In fact, despite my interest, I’ve decided I won’t visit North Korea via tour as I don’t want to support a corrupt regime. What has developed...

3 Days in Moganshan: Where Stressed Shanghai-Dwellers Can Find Peace

“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” – Bruce Lee My birthday wish this year was simple: to escape the suffocating crowds of Shanghai and bask in the fresh air, blue skies and wide-open spaces of the Chinese countryside. Fortunately for me, my birthday wish came true. Like so many expats...