Controversy on the Tibetan Plateau

“The main reason Tibet is so undeveloped and un-Chinese – and so thoroughly old-fangled and pleasant – is that it is the one great place in China that the railway has not reached.  The Kun Lun Range is a guarantee that the railway will never get to Lhasa.  That is probably a good thing.  I … Continue reading

Welcome to China…Now Learn Mandrin! (Chinese Border)

I woke up as my bus reached the outskirts of Nanning in southern China.  My first impressions of China: characterless apartment buildings, shiny offices and bright blue road signs.  Construction was everywhere – cranes were erecting new buildings despite the economic crisis.  Everything was new.  The bus pulled off the newly paved highway onto a … Continue reading