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Sunday Snap : Olympic Park, Beijing

Olympic Park, Beijing was home to the 2008 Olympics. Now, unlike most other parks in Beijing, it is free for the public to roam. By day, explore the Bird’s Nest stadium or check out the view from the tower. By…

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Sunday Snap : Lotus flowers

Summer time in China is the perfect time to go in search of Lotus flowers. Once they have finished beautifully decorating the parks, locals will harvest the flower seeds – a delicious snack found on street stalls for a few…

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798 Art District, Beijing

This district is named after one of the state-owned factories – factory 798 – which, built in the 1950’s, originally produced electronics. “Bringing together contemporary art, architecture, and culture with a historically interesting location and an urban lifestyle, “798” has…

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flight of the pigeon

Book review : Last Flight of the Pigeon (2016)

The Last Flight of the Pigeon sees a naive Brit venturing off on a classic Chinese bike to hit the open road – all 5000km of it – from Beijing to Xinjiang. It was, as Simon describes it, “… taken out…

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Feasting on organic honey

The bitter taste of hypocrisy

As I sat there supporting a petition to stop the approaching dog meat festival in China, whilst simultaneously chomping my way through a plate of juicy lamb dumplings, my tooth well and truly chipped (hypothetically speaking). It suddenly dawned on me; this…

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bee keeping

Sunday Snap : Bee keeping, China

Stumbling upon this honey bee farm in Dalian, Liaoning province was one of the most interesting experiences I have had. This chap had no fear, brushing away the bees with bare hands before placing the comb in a silver cylinder…

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Wanquanyu Great Wall camping (8)

Camping on the (wild) Great Wall of China

I’d heard it was possible to camp on the Great Wall, in fact, one of my friends had photographic proof of this possibility. But did I ever expect to hear the words “are you free this weekend to help guide…

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Plant in the sky

Mount Hua 华山 : Plank road in the Sky

When an opportunity arises to put your life in danger, by walking precariously along two planks of wood some 2000m above sea level, it’s impossible to say no. At least, it was for me, a few friends and some other 50…

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Sunday Snap : Xi’an Speciality

Chinese food is delicious, that’s a fact. When I recently visited the city of Xi’an, I quickly learnt that they are well known for their noodles. Below are the regions famous Spinach Noodles 菠菜面 freshly made in the window of…

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Longmen grottoes, Luoyang (19)

Longmen Grottoes 龙门石窟, Luoyang

Let me introduce to you the jaw-dropping sight of the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, situated in Henan province of central China. Once again I found myself discovering it accidentally thanks to my friend insisting on a trip to the Shaolin…

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Sunday Snap : Great Wall of China, in winter

As winter comes to a close in Beijing and many parts of the world, I thought I’d celebrate this view of the Great Wall during the first snowfall back in November 2015. This particular section is called Chenjiapu, Hebei province…

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