July 26, 2019

Looking for Britain

Searching for a taste of home I find the only thing available is nostalgia.
May 30, 2019

Returning to our villages

Tong Jia Ling, a typical little village, in a fast changing China
April 20, 2019

Cheimatophobia – fear of winter

Winter is grim; bitterly cold and dry, bleak and unavoidable. It has to be endured or managed to survive it.
May 10, 2018

Mud, Blood Baijiu

A visit to a small distillery which has been producing Baijiu, Chinas famous alcoholic drink, since the Qing Dynasty. The process, materials and methods are as strange as the drink.
May 1, 2018

Guns and Roses

The origins of May Day celebrations Published online.
December 9, 2017

Where’s the smog?

The famous smog of Beijing is missing so far this winter. Are the clear blue skies due to the weather, or the decisive actions of the government?
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.
October 18, 2017

Maximum Security

Now I've got my visa renewed for another year, it's probably ok to write about life in a security clampdown. But I'd feel better if it didn't have my name on it.
October 15, 2017


A weekend diet of seafood leaves me shell shocked and a bit crabby
September 29, 2017

The Great Chinese Wall

The Great Wall is an ever present symbol and metaphor for China.
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.
August 27, 2017

The new landlords

Sent down from the city for re-education on a farm is not the revolutionary experience it once was..
August 12, 2017

The School Run

A day trip to see some schools and families living in the countryside
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.