In my previous Japanese Tunnels post, we looked at the two tunnels on the north-eastern slope of Jardine's Lookout as you head down from the peak towards the quarry. The second of these...Read More »
I've received a couple of emails recently asking my thoughts on phot...
I've said it before, but for such a high-rise city, Hong Kong is not...
The streets of Hong Kong are well known for being the quintessential...
Let's cut to the chase, when we talk about Hong Kong hill views, not...
For some, the coming together of the words street and food is the go...
After my latest long-distance bus adventure in China, traveling from Putuoshan to Hangzhou last week, I decided it might be useful to start a Chinese Signs series in order to firstly, brush up...Read More »
I'm writing this on my way to Hangzhou from three days spent on Putuoshan. I'm on a long distance bus, the outside temperature display is reading 37 C, and I have my seatbelt...Read More »
After my latest long-distance bus adventure in China, traveling from Putuoshan to Hangzhou last week, I decided it might be useful to start a Chinese Signs series in order to firstly, brush up on my own Chinese, and secondly, to try and share a few new characters for those who are living or travelling in China and attempting to learn some of the language in the meantime.Read More »
In my previous Japanese Tunnels post, we looked at the two tunnels on the north-eastern slope of Jardine's Lookout as you head down from the peak towards the quarry. The second of these is perhaps the largest and certainly most intriguing of those...Read More »
Let's cut to the chase, when we talk about Hong Kong hill views, nothing beats Lion Rock. There are those that are taller. There are those that are closer to the "action". But for spectacular, 360° views, smack in the centre of everything,...Read More »
There are wartime tunnels all over Hong Kong. You wouldn't know it if you weren't looking, but I guess any tunnel worth the digging should strive to make itself at least a little tough to find. The Japanese were evidently pretty busy during their three...Read More »
As I said at the time, my first list of ten things China wouldn’t be China without was in no way exhaustive. How could it be? In a land whose population is greater than that of North and South America and Western Europe combined, where each province could just as well be a country in itself, choosing ten things, and ten things only, that China wouldn’t be China without, is just not possible.
I had this latest list in mind during my recent trip to Guangxi Province in the southwest of the country. We've had communal dancing and random karaoke, we've had vacuum packed chicken feet and the perilous joy of the night bus, but I knew there was more that could be said. More of those quirks and peculiarities that make travelling in China such an interesting and maybe, at times, frustrating experience. So here, with the greatest of respect, is another ten things China wouldn’t be China without.Read More »
Having been granted your Mongolian visa, you are now free to head to the China-Mongolia border to cross from Erlian to Zamyn-Uud. The Chinese border crossing in Erlian opens at around 08:30 and closes around 18:00. It is no more than a ten minute drive from the centre of town. There are plenty of taxis buzzing about and it will only cost a few Yuan. Ask to go to the guómén (literally, nation door).Read More »
In the late sixteenth century, after two hundred years of rule, the Ming Dynasty seemed at the height of its achievement. From science and the arts, to governance and technology, China at this time was as advanced, if not superior to any of...Read More »
A centenarian nun, a martyred minister, a blind musician and a Yi village ceremony, God is Red by Liao Yiwu, is not so much a book about Christianity, but a book about the struggle of those who practice it in the world's largest...Read More »