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Chengdu Living

My friend Charlie and I started back in January and since then it has taken off pretty well. Go to this page here if you want a look at all the posts I have ever written for CL. Below are some links to some of my favorites:

Defending Chinese Culture and Kung Fu Panda

Enduring the China Blues

A Tale of Two Cities: Chongqing and Chengdu

Kung Fu Family in Chengdu

Chengdu’s Spy Network

Giving Birth in Chengdu: A New Life

China’s Soul Search

South China Morning Post

I have written on and off for the South China Morning Post since 2001 when I wrote the very first ever English-language story on the Chongqing Stickman Army, which unfortunately I have never been able to find online expect for here.  I currently write a few things for them, but the bread and butter right now are travel stories for their Go China Series.

Here are some links to pdfs:

Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province (pdf)

Liangshan Torch Festival (pdf)

Unlikely Band of Brothers (pdf)

Sichuan Earthquake (pdf)

Sichuan Teas (pdf)



These are some longer pieces I wrote about different topics that grabbed me over the years. I have published features with the South China Morning Post, and a few others. Below are some links for you to check out:

Future So Bright

Lessons for Haiti

And on the Seventh Day the News Rested

Breast Feeding Rebels in China

Tibet: A World Apart

I first began writing for after the head writer over there, Justin Raimondo, wrote a piece about the Hainan Spy Plane Incident that took a very different tack then much of the other stories appearing at the time in the mainstream media. After I sent him a message lauding his fresh outlook, he asked me to write this piece, a look at what people on the street were saying about the Spy Plane Incident. That piece turned into a regular column that ran for eight years. For a look at all of the columns I ever wrote, go here. Below are some of my favorites, enjoy!

A Beautiful Morning for a War

Chinese Dreams, American Dreams

In Defense of Piracy

Safe Sex in China

Drums in the Streets

Chinese Beats


The Security Blanket

China Travel Stories

I started working full time at Ctrip’s English-language blog,, in late August 2010 and I left in November of 2011 because cubicle work was hard on me. But I wrote a bunch of things for them before I left, here is a link to all of the stories I wrote for them. Below are a few series we did, I didn’t write all of the stories in each series, but quite a few, check em out:

Minority Report

Ancient Tea Horse Road 

City Watch

The Cultured Traveler

I also did a series of videos for them on the Youtube Channel. We did several Shanghai Travel Videos and three Chengdu Travel Videos that I am really proud of.