Author Archives: Matt Hartzell

About Matt Hartzell

Matthew Hartzell hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and has lived in China's Yunnan province since 2009. A historian and geographer by training, Matthew has explored nearly every county, and thousands of Yunnan's back roads by bicycle and local transport. Matthew's research interests include transportation, sustainable agriculture, small towns, alternative tourism, and urban planning. Matthew has created a series of maps illustrating every aspect of Yunnan's geography. His blog contains a mix of travel stories, maps, and articles on geographical topics. Matt works at Zouba Tours, where he designs and leads small group tours into Yunnan's most remote, beautiful, and culturally fascinating places. He also maintains a large collection of photos of Yunnan, categorized by area.

Comparing populations and areas of US states & China’s provinces

Which US states and Chinese provinces have similar areas?

Which US states and Chinese provinces have similar areas and populations?

Which Chinese provinces and US states have similar areas and populations?


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Filed under China, GRAPHIC, SLIDER, USA

Airport International Connectivity Ranking: China vs. US

Intraprovincial routes in Yunnan [click map to enlarge]

Intraprovincial routes in Yunnan [click map to enlarge]

In this era of time-space compression, people, goods, and ideas move about Earth faster and in greater numbers than ever before. Human civilization has always revolved around nodes and flows, as ancient trading centers and trade routes demonstrate. What makes the era we’re in now unique is the degree to which transportation and communications infrastructure have accelerated these flows, erasing the physical distance between the nodes. But much in our interconnected world, for instance most commodity chains, remains out of sight under the surface. Only when a factory collapse in Bangladesh splashes the headlines are we reminded of the long and convoluted paths that stuff takes on its way from raw materials to the shelves at Wal-Mart. Continue reading


Filed under Economic development, SLIDER, Technology, Yunnan Province

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