The Roads Less Travelled


Earlier this month China wrapped up what was arguably its most chaotic “Golden Week” national holiday to date. Thousands were left stranded in national parks, five tons of garbage was left in Tiananmen Square, and in some instances, armed police were dispatched to quell packs of riotous tourists. So why does China keep such a horrid holiday system in place and how can travelers get a more serene and profound look at the country?

You’d be hard-pressed to find a laowai who’s traveled more of China than Tom Carter. Over two years, he traveled more than 35,000 miles across the country hitting each and every province and municipality…and he did so while spending an average of less than $7 per day. The journey culminated in his photography book China: Portrait of a People, where he depicted the lives of all 56 Chinese ethnic groups. In today’s podcast we discuss Chinese holidays and talk logistics about how to travel the Middle Kingdom in the most rewarding way.

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