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AtW #48: Nitai Deitel from The Hutong

Hutong: Picture of Nitai Deitel on the Great Wall.

On one of The Hutong's trips, Nitai hangs out on the Great Wall.

Nitai works at The Hutong, a cultural exchange center based in Beijing, China. We discussed the types of trips he runs through the Hutong, ranging from Great Wall excursions to bicycling around Yunnan province.

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Show Notes:

  • Nitai works for The Hutong, where he runs many outdoor excursions across China.
  • Here's a video I shot last year during the Lantern Festival fireworks in Beijing:
  • And here's a video I created at the Jingpo Nao Song Festival 景颇族瑙纵歌节:

  • Here's my “Chain Fail” podcast that I mentioned while talking with Nitai.
  • We also talked about The Sex Lives of Cannibals, a funny book by J. Maarten Troost about his time living on a remote island in Kiribati.
  • Nitai also mentioned showing a documentary called Plastic Oceans. Follow the link for more info.
  • Nitai's friend Kyle Obermann won this year's WildChina Explorer Grant. He will use the grant to explore the Hengduan mountain range and document conservation work.
  • Here's Kyle's Instagram Page.

And here are a few pictures of some of the places we talked about on the show:

Picture of majong players.

These folks are playing majong (a traditional Chinese tile game) outside of our building in Dongzhimen, Beijing.

Picture of theater in Shaxi, Yunnan, China.

Here's the theater in Shaxi, China.

Picture of bridge in Shaxi, Yunnan, China.

The famous bridge in Shaxi, China.

Picture of Shaxi weekly market.

At the weekly market in Shaxi.

Picture of Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Here's Katie at Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan, China.

Picture of Panda Lake in Jiuzhaigou, China.

Panda Lake, an example of the scenery you'll encounter at Jiuzhaigou National Park.

Picture of Soldiers' Gathering.

This is Soldiers' Gathering, in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

Acupuncture and Beer with Debbie Ma

Acupuncture and Home Brewing: Picture of Dan and Debbie.

Acupuncture and Home Brewing: Dan and Debbie.

My guest today is Debbie Ma. She's from Taiwan and has lived for a long time in Beijing. She's an acupuncturist and home brewer. She taught me the basics of how acupuncture works and we discussed the home-brewing scene here in Beijing, as well as travel in Japan.

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If you are in Beijing and want to set up an acupuncture appointment with Debbie, you can find her on Wechat under the ID “beeforce”.

Show Notes:

  • I mentioned staying in the village of Shaxi in Yunnan Province. Here's a podcast I did with Fei Fei Huo (霍婉菲), one of the owners of the hostel where I stayed.
  • I was surprised that I had never heard of the N Beer Pub, considering that it's one of the biggest in Beijing. Then again, it's on the opposite side of the city from where I live, and I'm not that tuned-in to the craft beer culture here to begin with.
  • Here's an article from Timeout Beijing about the best craft beers in Beijing. I actually have been to all of these places, and I can confirm that their beer is delicious.
  • And here's an article about the connection between Maori and native Taiwanese people.
  • If you'll be in Xiamen on June 24, 2017, you can attend the Master Cup Home Brew Tournament. Here's some more information.
  • And if you'll be in Madison, Wisconsin in mid-August, you can attend one of the greatest beer festivals of all, the Great Taste of the Midwest.
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev has been buying many small breweries of late. Here is a list of eight craft brewers they have bought since 2011.
  • Debbie mentioned the island of Kyushu in Japan. Here is more information about Kyushu. Katie and I might just have to go there this fall.

Around the World #46: Lisa Gay

Picture of Dan and Lisa.

Dan and Lisa.

My guest today is Lisa Gay. She has lived in China and Japan for a number of years. We talked about her upcoming trip around China, swapped our worst Greyhound bus stories, and talked a bit about traveling in Japan.

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Show Notes:

  • I said that pandas were once legendary creatures. This was only partly true. Pandas were known, though not famous, in ancient China. They were indeed thought to be a myth in the West until 1869, when a French missionary sent a panda pelt to Europe.
  • Speaking of myths, this BBC article sheds some light on panda mating habits in captivity vs. in the wild.
  • Fun fact: The first Westerners to shoot a panda were none other than Kermit and Theodore Roosevelt Jr., sons of President Theodore Roosevelt.
  • In 2008, Vince Li killed and ate his fellow Greyhound bus passenger in Canada. I was shocked to learn that he was released earlier this year, after spending nine years in a Mental Health Center.
  • The International Olympic Committee has 95 members. The USA has four of those members. Lichtenstein, Monaco, Luxembourg and North Korea each have a single member, so when voting, the USA has as much power as those countries.

Click for more of my photos and videos from the panda park in Chengdu.

More photos from Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (湖南张家界国家森林公园)

Around the World #45: Mich Albor

Picture of Mich and Dan.

Mich and Dan.

My guest today is Mich Albor, from the Philippines. Katie and I plan to visit her country at the end of this year, so I got a lot of great advice from her.

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Here are a few photos of some of the places we talked about in today's podcast:

Picture of Wangfujing.

Scorpions and seahorses on sticks.

Picture of Dan with scorpion on a stick.

Dinner time.

Picture of Goat for sale in Bucaramanga market.

From the market in Bucaramanga, Colombia. They leave the head on the goat to prove you aren't buying dog meat.

Picture of dog with pink died fur.

A dog we found in Datong, China. Move along, nothing to see here.

Picture of ping dog.

And here are a few photos that Mich sent me from her recent camping trip on the Great Wall of China:

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