It’s not the start of a joke, it’s a question I’ve been mulling over this afternoon. Beijing is full of […]
Night 36: Overnight to Xi’an
This was my first train journey starting in China. As the attentive and memory-efficient will know, I had already visited […]
Day 36: The biggest ducks in the world?
It was my last day in Beijing and it was very much the still the National Festival. My train to […]
Day 35: My kinda Saturday… 798 Art Zone
Back home, there are few things I like more than spending a Saturday morning wandering around Manchester’s Northern Quarter looking […]
Public Health Reflections: Beijing Green Space
On arrival in Beijing, I was struck by the levels of smog and, with the city being virtually shut down […]
Day 34: Around Beijing
Sophia met me at 7.30am, shortly after I’d popped into a bakery/dumpling/pancake shop and stepped out with a piping hot […]
Day 33: A Grand Day Out…From the Forbidden Palace to the Great Wall of China
Knowing in advance that this week marks the National Holiday, I knew that the city would be busy so I […]
Day 32: Having arrived… working out how to leave.
I’m surprised by how quickly I felt comfortable in Russia, so much so that my first day in Beijing felt […]
Day 31: Another capital, another big birthday.
The People’s Republic of China celebrated its 70th birthday today which means it has endured longer than its sponsor the […]
Day 30: Final Approach to Beijing (and was anybody deported?)
Back on board the train at midnight, with two hours before we were scheduled to depart Erlian, passengers settled down […]