February 8, 2022

Minority villages of Guizhou

Guizhou's mountainous terrain has limited transport with the rest of China and helped preserve its countryside and traditional lives of the minority people.
September 16, 2021

North Xinjiang

The lesser travelled part of Xinjiang is a difficult place to visit made worthwhile by its contrasts, not least between its harsh beauty and the friendliness of the people.
July 10, 2021

Watertowns of Jiangsu

The water towns of Jiangsu are so famous that copies are springing up all over China. The originals are well preserved and deservedly popular tourist destinations
April 28, 2021

Hainan – Hawaii of the East

Hainan is a subtropical oval blob of island that sits in the south China sea. Tourism is booming as those escaping the freezing winters of the north are drawn to the 'Hawaii of the East'.
January 26, 2021


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. .
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.
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.
November 15, 2019

Caves of Shanxi

An ancient way of living that has important lessons for modern life
November 3, 2017


I’ve travelled down the Hexi corridor into the far western province of Xinjiang. Its China’s largest and least populated province. Famous for its dried fruit, its wine and more recently, news reports about the trouble there.
September 14, 2017

The Hexi corridor

The Hexi corridor is a narrow strip of fertile land along the silk road into China from the west. Full of history, diverse cultures and dramatic scenery.
July 29, 2017

Binhai Break

The vast, designated tourist area, is a collection of attractions themed around local history and myths. Its development has slowed and is decaying faster than new attractions are completed.
May 13, 2017

Weifang Kite Festival

Kites invented in China are still popular. The ancient construction methods and designs still survive along with more modern materials and constructions.
April 29, 2017

The Northern Canal

A 2 day cycle trip along the Northern section of the Grand Canal.
July 7, 2016

Inner Mongolia – a deal too far

The weekend in Inner Mongolia was organised by a friend through an agency. I can’t remember exactly how much it cost, but it was surprisingly cheap. But almost from the moment we arrived I felt that, on this occasion, I’d penny pinched too far.