Foreigner in Chengdu makes ‘portable’ air purifying machine for daily commute

An Italian expat in Chengdu, identified only as “Mike”, has had all he can take with the city’s air pollution. However, instead of packing up and heading back to Europe, he’s packed up an air purifier and strapped it to his back.Read More


Stealing umbrellas just for laughs in Chengdu

Youtube celebrity and prankster Andrew Hales, who makes awkwardly funny videos for his channel Losing All Hope Was Freedom (LAHWF), is currently in Chengdu, Sichuan, and messing with the locals. In his first video from the city, he randomly approaches people and takes their umbrella. Reactions range from confusion to tight-fisted objection to laughter. Watch …Read More

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Foreigner loses it on a Chengdu bus driver

The bad laowai category on Lost Laowai has grown a bit dusty over the past year or so, as I questioned whether it was a good idea to lend attention to a very small section of the foreigner crowd who were behaving badly in public (and becoming Youku stars for their efforts). It appeared for …Read More

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Review: River Town — Two Years on the Yangtze

I realize I’m about a decade late posting a review of Peter Hessler’s River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, but it was only recently that I finally took the time to read it. I can’t be certain why it took me so long to pick up Hessler’s seminal work, but I think it was …Read More

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