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How to visit Tibet without a tour

February 10, 2019

Visiting Tibet as a foreigner is a bit tricky – it requires a guided tour and permits. If you’re a budget traveller or enjoy travelling independently, these hurdles are off-putting. Many people don’t realize that Tibet is actually much larger than the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) that was established after the 1959 Tibetan uprising. The …


Backpacking China: Ultimate 4-week itinerary

February 3, 2019

So, you’re planning on backpacking around China? Get ready for an incredible time. I spent over two months backpacking all over China, and have picked out my favorite places and crafted this China backpacking itinerary. Keep in mind that China is one of the most naturally and culturally diverse countries on Earth, so it’s impossible …


Getting from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar on a budget

December 20, 2018

If you’re planning on travelling the Trans-Mongolian Railway, or just want to visit Mongolia after travelling in China, you’ll need to know how to get from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar. There are a few different ways to make the journey – the fast and expensive flight, the normal direct train, and the cheap way. You can …


Olkhon Island Travel Guide

November 28, 2018

Olkhon Island is one of Siberia’s hidden gems. It’s located in the middle of Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake. It’s a fairly common summertime destination for Russian tourists, but few foreign tourists visit it. I recommend it as a stop along the Trans-Siberian Railway. This Olkhon Island travel guide will go over everything you’ll need …


Camping on the Great Wall of China

November 20, 2018

Impossible, right? That’s what I would’ve figured.  But there’s actually a way it can be done, and in this post, I’ll explain how you can camp on the Great Wall at the Jiankou-Mutianyu section. WARNING: Sleeping on the great wall is totally illegal, and I definitely don’t condone it. All the information in this post …


Guide to trekking in the Yading Nature Reserve

August 25, 2018

Located in Western Sichuan, the Yading Nature Reserve contains three holy mountains, all of which are around 6000 meters tall. I visited Yading with the goal of trekking around Mt. Chenrezig, the tallest of the three. If you plan on visiting Yading, I highly recommend this trek. If you’ve got more time, you can spend …

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