They Mostly Come at Night. Mostly.

Around 3 a.m., I felt a soft tickle across my lips, then on my cheek. Something was up. Either the Chinese girl sleeping in the top bunk about four feet away from me had grown frisky, or I had another visitor in the darkness. I instinctively reached up and crushed...

Halloween Party Sichuan Style

OK…so there were no ridiculously sexy adult costumes, no kids with bags, very little candy, and no goblins.. But there were some carved pumpkins. And bourbon. And coke. I was hanging out at Sim’s Guesthouse with some new friends, when David — a very...

Happy Halloween from Chengdu

I was wondering if anyone here knew what Halloween was…I guess at least one person does! When I first arrived in Chengdu, I thought that I had made a mistake. Sure, it was a few degrees warmer than the mountains of Yunan, but not by much. The sky is the usual...
Sichuan Hotpot in Chengdu

Sichuan Hotpot in Chengdu

A catfish head picked clean of brains and meat by yours truly I tried not to show any signs of pain as the boiling oil splattered across my body. No, I was not on the wrong end of a castle siege, I was actually paying for this opportunity. Chengdu is famous for its...

From Yunnan to Sichuan

About three hours into the bus ride, I knew it was going to be a long one. The bumpy-and-rutted road was winding through the mountains madly. We doubled back so many times that I was starting to think we had made no progress at all. The bus was fairly new, but...

Black Dragon Pool in Lijiang

I beat feet out of crowded Lijiang and into the quiet and sprawling Black Dragon Pool park. They wanted a whopping 60 yuan to enter — Chinese entrance prices for foreigners are astounding — but I used a trick a Dutch couple here shared with me. I threw my...