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.
I’m not a big fan of zoos, seeing animals caged up or living in concrete enclosures is depressing, so I wasn’t looking forward to visiting Beijing Zoo. But as it is the oldest zoo in China and a major tourist attraction, I need to see it myself.
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.
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?
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. .