travel: 798 Art Zone, beijing (china)

798 Art Zone is located at a defunct military factory in Beijing, and the buildings each have a very unique architectural style reminiscent of both the time in which the military factory was still in use and more modern elements.

travel the silk road: urumqi (xinjiang province)

And now we're on the last segment of our (pre-covid) trip...welcome to Urumqi, Xinjiang! Now, Xinjiang is the largest province in China, almost 1/6 of the entire country. Additionally, it's also the most ethnically and culturally diverse area in China. Out of all our stops along the Silk Road, we spent the most time here, yet could only explore a tiny, tiny portion of the province. Hopefully, I'll be able to visit again later!

travel: qingdao & inner mongolia

Qingdao, known as China's Sailing City, is both a major port and an industrial centre situated right on the east coast of China in Shandong Province (China has thirty provinces -- they're kind of like the states here in the U.S.). In Chinese, Qingdao means "greenish-blue island," and that description is entirely true.