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Wrapping up #Chinese Silk Route

Glad to be back to Xi’an! Rather than going to Xi’an typical touristic spots (the Terra cotta Warriors, the City Wall, the Muslim Street and so on; I went there but you can ask google for more), I chose to end the first leg of my #SilkRoute trip at Shaanxi Provincial History …

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Be grateful

His name was Li. I was sure he had a full name but he refused to mention it. As a deliveryman wearing Santa costume, his SoP required him to smile to people. Surprisingly, he said to my guide, “I hate this job. I don’t celebrate Christmas but I make money …

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History is made by mixing facts and interests

Today, I met Alibek Yeginbay, a historian born and grown up in Kazakhstan but has called Xi’an home for five years. Like me, he’s one of the doubters that Marco Polo actually took the trip as mentioned in the traveler’s book, The Travels of Marco Polo. Polo’s description of ancient …