Spring Festival in a big city is always a strange time. Streets are empty, and shops are closed. Most urban residents take the train to their ancestral hometowns to ring in the new year with their whole families. But here I am with three other foreigners drinking baijiu in a hostel.
Mitchell Blatt is an intrepid travel writer, and an author of two top China guidebooks, who brings his readers deep into the cultures of the places he explores. (See my clips!)
Blatt vividly brings to life raw and authentic stories from China, Asia, and the rest of the world. As an author for top guidebooks, he takes his job seriously and feels a calling to introduce his readers to a city inside and out.
He’s on the ground covering coronavirus in China; sitting on plastic chairs at street bars in Saigon, chatting with gay Vietnamese about the struggle for rights; at ethnic feasts in China where the local minority ethnic group feeds visitors shot after shot of rice wine; in Mao Zedong’s hometown in Hunan, where entrepreneurs pray to the Communist god for wealth; and at many other interesting places in Asia and the rest of the world.
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