Will you be near Suzhou this weekend? Travel photographer Tom Carter, author of CHINA: Portrait of a People, will be meeting readers at the Suzhou Bookworm and speaking about his two-year backpacking adventure across the 33 provinces of China. Saturday May 29th 2010, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, at The Suzhou Bookworm. Address: Gunxiufang 77, Shiquan Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China.
Some years ago now, I crossed the border from Kazakhstan into Xinjiang in China's far northwest, and found myself stuck in Urumchi with the equivalent of US$50 and no onward tickets. It wasn't a problem; saving my cash for food, I 'hitch-hiked' on China's trains by boarding them at small-town stations and then jumping off before the ticket collectors reached [...]