Episode 18: Dunhuang & the Mogao Grottoes

For our eighteenth episode we chat with Dunhuang Academy Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Neil Schmid. As one of the world’s leading authorities on medieval Buddhism’s visual culture, Neil covers the importance and implications of the grotto art...
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March 31, 2021

In Search of the Yuezhi People with Archaeologist Wang Jianxin 王建新 [in Mandarin] (Event #10)

The Yuezhi people of Gansu were once nomadic pastoralists who lived in the western grasslands of modern-day Gansu. Join us as we chat with Professor Wang Jianxin of China's Northwest University to understand this 2,000-year-old...
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Top 7 Fall Destinations Around China

Make the ultimate escape this fall Autumn is, for many of us at WildChina, our favorite season to travel. The rain and humidity of the summer lifts, the skies clear, and the air starts to...
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Gansu’s Mogao Caves: A Desert Sanctuary a Millennium in the Making

Originally posted on Caixin Global Buddhism came to China in many waves and through many routes. It brought not just a philosophy, but a cultural milieu of art, sculpture, festivals, and literature. Nowhere is the influence...
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Adventures on the Tibetan Plateau: No Permit Required

Summer is the perfect time for an adventure on the Tibetan Plateau. But you don’t have to go through the process of getting special permits to Tibet in order to experience the richly spiritual and...
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The Mogao Caves and More Top Dunhuang Attractions

Discover the best of Dunhuang with our guide to this ancient Silk Road trading city. Here are our picks for must-see attractions, best things to eat, as well as some WildChina flourishes to make your...
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Local Voices: WildChina Gansu Guide, Peter

Peter has been a guide in Western China for more than ten years. He is passionate about the rich culture of the region and has deep knowledge of the intricacies of Tibetan Buddhism. He is...
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Get Lost in Gansu

It’s not hard to lose yourself in the mesmerizing beauty of the Gansu wilderness… the immense mountains and sweeping meadows of China’s northwest promise a majestic realm far from the hustle and bustle of coastal...
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Who are China’s Miao people?

Unless you are an expert on Asian anthropology, you probably are not aware of the various ethnic communities living in China. Below is a brief introduction to the history, culture, and most importantly, the major...
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Travel Tips for Backpacking in China’s Wild West

I recently returned to WildChina’s Beijing office after spending 11 days in Gansu province, and a friend similarly returned via train to the capital city yesterday after a month in Xinjiang and we decided to...
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