March 6, 2022

Worlds Apart – 2 very different isolations

Travelling between UK and China requires quarantining at both ends, but they're very different experiences
October 18, 2021

Red Hot Fuzz

China is famous for its surveillance and control of its population. But how does that translate into everyday policing on the street.
May 11, 2021

6 days of decadence

In my 6th year of living in China there has been little to celebrate. So why not mark this anniversary with the best of Chinas experiences compacted into a week of excess? - 6 days of decadence to mark 6 years of life here.
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 30, 2019

Returning to our villages

Tong Jia Ling, a typical little village, in a fast changing China
August 12, 2017

The School Run

A day trip to see some schools and families living in the countryside
April 29, 2017

The Northern Canal

A 2 day cycle trip along the Northern section of the Grand Canal.
April 7, 2017

Salterns of Jin

Tianjin was once famous for salt and fish, now both traditional industries and ways of life are declining.
March 18, 2017

The flames of health

and philosophy based on an alternative way of how the world works. Mostly unregulated. Here is a strange idea.
February 25, 2017

Changping ridgeway

An exploration of the ridge of steep hills that rise from the edge of the city.
February 18, 2017

Fairground attraction

I could see the fairground from high up from a nearby peak. Even from the distance it looked abandoned.
January 8, 2017

Walking the line

The Changping line is an elevated train track that passes through a land in transition from empty plain to another part of sprawling Beijing
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.
January 26, 2016

The village

​Experience s of staying with 3 generations of family in a small, remote town and poor village near Zheng Zhou.