Dazu: An Under-Visited Treasure of Sichuan

Dazu carving

Most people who come to Sichuan either do so because they are about to head to Tibet on a trek, or to visit Chengdu and its surrounding tourist attractions, especially the pandas and Lei Shan and Emei Shan, two large standing Buddhas. Few ever go see Dazu Rock Carvings, which is convenient from both Chengdu […]

The Smartest Ethnic Group in China

The Santa stuffed animal given to me by a friendly high school student who didn't quite understand why Santa doesn't visit the Jews...

I’m not usually one to broadcast my religion as I travel, but around Christmas time, as people continuously asked me how I celebrate the holiday, I began to tell them I was Jewish. To date, every single person to whom I have told I am Jewish has responded with the same thing: ” You’re so […]

The Oddities of a Rural Chinese Office

A common dance performance in a local village

For those of you who thought siestas were only for people working in Spain, you’ve obviously never worked in Sichuan before. Indeed, each day my microfinance organization has between 12 PM and 3 PM off for lunch, and a good xiuxi, or rest. This is the kind of thing that you don’t learn in your […]

Introducing Laura – Globe Trotting from Sichuan to Sorrento

Visiting the home of microfinance clients in China-- I look like a giant in this country, don't I?

My name is Laura Silver, but I’m presently answering to anything from ” Laur”?  (pretty close) to  ” Little Song,”? (or ” å°?宋). I’m 23 and living in rural Sichuan, China to work at a microfinance bank. I decided to pack up and move to the middle of nowhere to get a good sense for how […]