"I arrived at the end of a trans-Mongolian rail trip, seeing so many incredible places, and I think it was just a huge anticlimax. I was intimidated by the level of armed security everywhere, had to fight off so many scammers, and didn't enjoy being touched and laughed at on the subway (I'm a very white European with curly hair). Overall, I just found it really challenging, despite some amazing sites."
"I’m Black. I stepped out of a train in Beijing with my brother, and everybody was staring at us like we slapped their mums. At least 10 people didn’t even ask and just started taking pictures of me. Such a fucking weird experience, considering I was 14."