December 5, 2021

Passion for Karaoke

Public performing is very common and Karaoke as the most popular form is almost impossible to avoid.
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.
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.
August 24, 2021

Chinese weddings

Chinese weddings are a strange mix of traditional and adopted ceremonies. Full of show, displays of wealth and alcohol ,
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
June 17, 2021

Classified Materials

Have you wondered what happens to your waste? We follow the complex trail of recyclable materials and cash from the kitchen and back
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.
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'.
April 2, 2021

The Beijing Zoo

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.
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 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.