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Nine hour layover in the middle of nowhere, China

Flight for Seoul leaves at 2 am. Haven’t slept more than two hours in the last 48 because of the overnight bus and a Chinese man on our first flight who stank of cigarette smoke and sweat and insisted on elbowing into my personal space every time I got close to nodding off.
They didn’t want to let us through immigration because we don’t have visas to be in China…except we had to go out to the baggage claim to get our stuff since it wasn’t checked all the way through to Seoul. This situation would have gone over much better if I wasn’t already cranky.
Thank god for milk tea and cafes that take Visa.

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Headed back to Korea from Guangzhou.

Headed back to Korea from Guangzhou.

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Kim Sang-hun, director of the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights, estimates 20,000 to 30,000 North Korean women are now entrapped in China in what many observers see as a form of slavery.

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This article would be more accurately described as “Award-winning journalist Mei Fong offers tips for reporting on China,” but there are a few gems that can and should be applied to journalism in the rest of the region (and around the world, actually).