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Wild Ride to Xanadu

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House of Mao: How Consumerism and Patriotism Collide in the Chairman’s Hometown

Shaoshan, Chairman Mao’s birthplace in Hunan province, has become a top tourist site where people burn incense to the revolutionary hero while selling T-shirts of his face

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How Covid Left Me Stranded in Hainan

My trip to Hainan province was meant to be an island escape, but turned into another Covid-19 debacle

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Selling Lost Horizons in Rugged Yunnan Province

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The Rough Side of China’s Tropical Paradise

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Under Hainan’s Canopy

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Travel Around China From Your Couch

The most off-beat virtual experiences for the locked down tourist

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Where Empires Meet: Lüshun’s Complex Colonial Legacies

Lüshun’s history of colonial entanglement attracts visitors looking for stunning photo backdrops, but its story is difficult to tell

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Kunming’s Dwarf Kingdom: Exploitation or Empowerment?

A first-hand look at the controversial Yunnan theme park claiming to provide a haven for China’s “little people”

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