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Kashgar to Lake Karakul

Lake Karakul, situated along the breathtaking Tian Shan Tajik-China border, is one of the most stunning and awe-inspiring spots on the...

Kashgar Old Town

We spent the day today walking around the Old Town districts of Kashgar. Around the mosque, one of the largest in China, were rows of...

Kashgar and the Silk Road

As our night train rolled in from Urumqi today (24 hour sleeper train), we came upon a very Chinese station platform. Although I had not...

Arrived Safely In Urumqi

We arrived in Urumqi, Xinjiang,at exactly 4:10pm today (right on time) after a 48 hour train ride across China. From here we have purchased...

How Not to Start A Trip

Step one:  Leave with too much stuff in your bags and pull every muscle in your back and neck. Step two: Backpack to post office to mail a...

Top Ten Things We’ll Miss About China

We leave China today. Here is a list of the top ten things we’ll really miss about China: Drinking in Public. While this may seem...

Getting a visa for Kazakhstan from China

We applied for Kazakh transit visas and found the process amazingly easy (perhaps because we are comparing it to the process of getting an...

Apartment Hunting in China

As we pack up our apartment I’m reminded of when we first moved to China and began looking for a place to live. The process of...

Hua Shan Hospital

There are several mixed reviews about Chinese hospitals and myths about “socialized medicine,” but I deemed it necessary to...

Shopping for Outdoor Gear in Shanghai

We ventured to every travel gear store in Shanghai. For those seeking camping, climbing, trekking or other outdoor wear and gear we fully...

Poll Results are in and Vietnam Wins

We conducted an online poll to see where our readers thought we should travel next. 37% of our voters thought we should go to Vietnam....

Getting a Visa for Uzbekistan in Shanghai

This is apparently what a visa to Uzbekistan looks like, but I wouldn’t know.  It has officially been 3 weeks since we began our...

Cycling for Adventure Travel

As every good adventurer knows, a good companion makes all the difference. At AbandonTheCube we revere those who have gone before us and...

Canon Rebel XS, 1000D

In September I was given a new camera for my birthday, the Canon Rebel XS (or 1000D). Its been an amazing camera and has far exceeded my...

Top Four Places to Consider Living for the Adventurous Traveler

Top Four Places We May Consider Living As the journey to Ashgabat approaches, careful planning is necessary.  We also need to plan for...

The Next 31 Days

Always looking for a way to improve the site, Abandon the Cube Travel Journal will be participating in a 31 day free online “Blog...

A Visa-Related Snag

Having completed all the necessary paperwork, acquired mini photos of myself and located my passport I set off to the Uzbek consulate in...

The Sink Sequel

A few days ago our kitchen sink began to leak and we had quite the adventure as the landlord’s mother and several other randoms...

The Coffee-Milk Spa

On the last day of our four day trip to HuangShan we were exhausted! We climbed down the entire mountain in one fell swoop, the details of...

An OMG Kind of Morning

On Friday our sink began to leak, we cleaned up the mess and contacted our landlord. The landlord (who speaks amazing English and is...

Leg Cramps at 2000m

In the morning we set off again to find the complete opposite of the previous day’s hike. The paths were congested with people and...

Yellow Mountain Fever

We returned today from a four day trip to HuangShan, Yellow Mountain, in Anhui province, China. Nine Dragon Waterfall On Friday the 13th we...

Taking the train on Friday the 13th

Today we’re heading to HuangShan, yellow mountain, in Anhui province. This is the most famous of the five sacred mountains of China,...

International Visas

As the trip planning progresses I find myself at the stage of applying for international visas, a process wrought with vagueness and...

The Problem of the Borders

In planning the trip from Shanghai to Ashgabat, I’m encountering some chatter online about difficulties previous travelers have faced...