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Dispatches to Monocle’s daily “Monocolumn” on Chinese issues during a three-month stay in Chengdu, China (with excursions to the TAR and rural Sichuan).

I’d never seen anything like it, but there it was, during a three-month stay in southwestern China – the gluts on Chinese roads in the run-up to Chinese new year. A full 700 million Chinese travel at the same time.

http://www.monocle.com/monocolumn/affairs/holiday-madness-chinese-style/

And that year, 2011, the Tibetan Autonomous Region shut down to non-Chinese visitors for the month of March. I’d luckily visited in January.

http://www.monocle.com/monocolumn/affairs/tibets-big-shut-down/

 

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