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Photos: Cao Changdi versus 798: up-market modern art galleries and studios

CHINA | Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | Photo Gallery

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'Ab Fab' Modern Art: China-Style

CHINA | Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | Views [1126]

‘ Chinese artists are now part of an international conversation’ , Meg explains passionately, rather than just an exotic source of post-communist-inspired art. Meg Maggio is an American who has been in China for more than twenty years. She ... Read more >

Photos: Parkilfe: Beijing style

CHINA | Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Parklife, electric storms and the Pied Piper

CHINA | Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | Views [1054]

In my ‘yoof’, parks were places for surreptitious smoking, kissing girls in secret (and finding out that your father – who had wondered why you were disappearing from home – had followed you), trying booze, being sick and fighting.... Read more >

Foodie Frolicks

CHINA | Tuesday, 2 Jul 2013 | Views [972]

Putting novelty deep-fried scorpions to one side...... .....especially for you, KFD – and the foodies among you - I just wanted to note some of the fragrant and delicious dishes I have sampled so far. Yuannan cuisine may rate as my favourite.... Read more >

Photos: The Wild Wall and the 80th Floor

CHINA | Tuesday, 2 Jul 2013 | Photo Gallery

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From the Wild Wall to the 80th Floor

CHINA | Tuesday, 2 Jul 2013 | Views [1183]

It’s 9.30am and I’m sat in a coffee shop in the Central Business District (CBD) of Beijing listening to probably the worst Chinese cover version I have ever heard of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing’: don’t get me ... Read more >

Why I love 'Beijingers'

CHINA | Saturday, 29 Jun 2013 | Views [1061]

So, I’ve been in Beijing for almost a week and I feel like I have walked a hundred miles around the city’s streets exploring this fascinating and intriguing place! I am off to the Great Wall for a few days of hiking tomorrow, so, before I ... Read more >

Photos: The Temples in the Hills

CHINA | Saturday, 29 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery

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The Red Dress and The Story of the Two Temples

CHINA | Saturday, 29 Jun 2013 | Views [1221] | Comments [1]

‘ Hello, you want lady massage ?’ she shouted……. (really, nothing could be further from the truth). Anyway, I copied a trick, and told the lady in the red dress that I was probably too expensive! That seemed to work and I walked ... Read more >

Photos: The delights of the Forbidden City

CHINA | Saturday, 29 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery

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The (not so) Forbidden City!

CHINA | Friday, 28 Jun 2013 | Views [971]

It is no irony that the City that calls itself ‘Forbidden’ - and was once limited as the exclusive domain of the ruling emperor and his servants and eunuchs - now admits up to 80,000 visitors each day. However, it is the largest palace complex ... Read more >

Scorpions and post-apocalyptic-industrial-chic!

CHINA | Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 | Views [1130]

I am surprised that I managed to wolf down a breakfast this morning of spicy Chinese pancakes, vegetables and deep-fried black pepper pork: yesterday, I enjoyed a selection of foods that would have given any self-respecting dietician a cardiac arrest! ... Read more >

Photos: Beijing 798 Art District

CHINA | Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Duck and Cover

CHINA | Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 | Views [1181]

I love capital cities- they are the principal organs of a country- inputting, digesting and circulating life outwards through countless capillaries of roads, tracks, pipes, cables, lines and rivers. After the monotony of the flight from Heathrow, life ... Read more >

It's only blogging Beijing......!

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | Views [902]

Mark Ellingham graduated from Bristol University before he headed to Europe and, on his return, invented and drafted the first 'Rough Guide'. Twenty three years on, and I’m lucky enough to benefit from that legacy through this fantastic travel ... Read more >

Sharing Stories - A Glimpse into Another's Life

KENYA | Saturday, 16 Mar 2013 | Views [16290] | Comments [26] | Scholarship Entry

‘Jonathan’ is not the name of a fearless warrior. Jonathan, surely, works in accounts in an air-conditioned office, takes vitamin supplements and makes regular contributions to his pension fund. He secretly resents his work and dreams of any challenge ... Read more >

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