March 12, 2021

Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival traditionally marked with fireworks, sweet dumplings and of course lanterns is, like November the 5th, falling victim to modern health and safety concerns.
March 1, 2021

Chinese Food

My mother used to say ‘the only thing of a pig you cant eat is its squeak’ The Chinese seem have taken that a step further and applied the adage to the whole animal kingdom, there doesn’t seem to be anything that isn’t eaten.
February 17, 2021

Covid: 1 year on

As Spring festival approaches, it reminds me of last year when news of Covid19 suddenly broke. I knew nothing then, in 12 months we've all learned the new language of lock down; but have we learned anything else?
January 26, 2021

Qinghai

Qinghai is one of the largest provinces in China and one of the most thinly populated. Its full of dramatic scenery, minority peoples dressed in traditional clothes, monasteries and poor towns with little restaurants serving home grown food. .
January 12, 2021

The traffic incident

Last Wednesday 6th was the coldest day this century, luckily I didn’t need to go to out . Today is colder, the coldest day since 1966 and I have to go to work.
December 30, 2020

Cold and Corrupt

A story that illustrates the corruption at the highest level and why its endemic to every day life.
December 25, 2020

Christmas in China

This year, Chinese authorities have reportedly cracked down on the celebration of Christmas. But with all the westeners stuck in the country and the money it generates, its not going away soon.
November 1, 2020

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is easy to dismiss as just a large and ugly expanse of concrete – which it is. It is also something that must be part of any Itinerary of the country because it encapsulates the nation’s modern aspirations and the baggage of its past.
October 2, 2020

Mid Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn festival is China's second most important celebration after Chinese New Year. Also known as the Moon Festival the autumn celebration coincides with the end to the long hard days in the fields and the bountiful food of harvest.
August 28, 2020

The Stars of Heaven

The legend of love that inspires Qixi festival, Chinese Valentines day, gets a modern retelling.
May 31, 2020

Urban Exploring

The suburbs of China's cities are teeming with forgotten factories, abandoned villages and industrial junk in unlikely settings. On first glance they are uninviting ugly.. But among the weeds and wild dogs there are signs of dreams and inspiration for imagined lives
May 1, 2020

Datong – The new old

Datong was my first trip out of the city> Maybe because it was the first journey, or because it was approached without prior expectation, it has remained the most memorable.
January 20, 2020

The Corona Virus diary;: 26/2 to 21/3 2020

An epidemic that brings down a government or mass hysteria over the flu?
December 5, 2019

Money talks

The Chinese were once famous for saving money, times have changed, but our attitudes towards poverty persist in our language and habits. .
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