Thousand Island Lake (千岛湖/Qiandaohu) is an increasingly popular vacation spot nestled in the interior mountains of Zhejiang province, only a stone’s throw away from the megacities of Hangzhou and Shanghai. It is a large lake containing over a thousand islands large and small, hence the name. The lake itself isRead More →

Disclaimer: The below content is purely personal opinion formed as a result of my personal learnings and experiences, and should not be construed as financial nor business advice. Markets go in cycles. As we’ve survived through the bear market of 2018 and transitioned to a new bull market now inRead More →

China train travel

Train travel is an integral part of the Chinese cultural fabric, having been the main method of transportation for the nation for many decades, dating back to the early days of the People’s Republic. Today, China’s high speed railway network is the longest and most used in the entire world,Read More →

crypto regulation

Recently, a big talking point within the cryptosphere has been “Libra“, the blockchain-based digital cash system proposed by Facebook and administered by the “Libra Association” — a consortium of giant global corporations including the likes of PayPal and Vodafone. Though disguised as a “cryptocurrency”, Libra is actually much more akinRead More →

Foreword: this is the best guide to Yangshuo travel and the most #instagrammable vantage points around it, that you will find on the internet. So, if you are trying to get some sick shots for Insta to impress your 120 followers, then read on. The Guilin/Yangshuo (桂林/阳朔) region of ChinaRead More →

If you are planning to come to China, even just for a short visit, you’ll definitely need to get yourself a VPN. Without it, you will not be able to function as a normal human being, because all the internet stuff you have always taken for granted will be totallyRead More →

Whether you are planning to move to China or to visit on holiday, you are probably wondering how much everything costs here. The truth is, it is often difficult to find accurate or realistic information online about things like cost of living. Even on comprehensive databases like Numbeo, sometimes peopleRead More →

When you have lived in China for a little while, you start realizing that riding an electric scooter is the best way to get around your city. Having a scooter (also known as “e-bike” or “moped”) allows you to reach those “remote” locations in between two subway stations, while zig-zaggingRead More →

surveillance state

It is incredible how some visionaries who lived among us were able to predict things decades in advance — the famed British author George Orwell was one such visionary. In his literary classic “1984” (which was written in 1949, by the way!), he painted the picture of a total surveillanceRead More →