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Chaos in China - notes from my paper diary of 1989

Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | Views [1698] | Comments [1]

Memories can be disarmingly deceptive. It scarcely seems possible that its been 25 years since I first visited China. Because of the 25th anniversary of Tiannamen, I was asked recently about rarely reported chaos in Chengdu out west and what I knew of ... Read more >

Tags: 1989, chengdu, china, riot

Tiananmen: 20 years on

Thursday, 4 Jun 2009 | Views [1481] | Video

It was strange days to be in China. Perhaps even stranger to be reflecting on these moments 20 years on. This is a well written piece about the iconic figure that stopped a line of tanks:  http://www.time.com/time/time100/leaders/profile/rebel.html ... Read more >

Tags: courage, democracy, tiananmen

Friday night in Shenzhen

Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | Views [1463]

Smell. The first thing you notice is the smell. As you step off the air-conditioned train scents waft up from from bakeries and noodle shops to mix with the odours from the sewers and stale cigarettes. Actually, in fairness, I find Shenzhen ... Read more >

Tags: business, culture, economy, work

Return to Shanghai

Saturday, 12 May 2007 | Views [3573]

A quarter of a lifetime ago I stood on the Bund. As I gazed out from the shabby youth hostel in a grand old building right on the waterfront there was nothing but grey mud flats, swarms of bicycles, a handful of 'friendship stores' where the service ... Read more >

Tags: capitalism, memories, shanghai, youth

Gallery: Return to Shanghai

Sunday, 6 May 2007 | Photo Gallery

After a quarter of a lifetime, much has changed.
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The philosphy of life ...

Saturday, 11 Mar 2006 | Views [7434] | Comments [3]

Do you ever wonder how fragile our lives are and how they can turn on a dime? I mean really wonder? In 1918 one of my Grandfathers was fighting in WWI and leading a group of young men in the trenches in France (I think). A mortar round landed ... Read more >

Tags: 1989, anarchy, chengdu, danger, death, grenade, life, near miss, philosophy of travel, tiananmen square

"Who was this person? Was it really me?"

Thursday, 26 Apr 2001 | Views [1864] | Video

Yes, travel has a way of doing that to you. This superb little travel video describes a journey across China by Christoph Rehage in 2008 and demonstrates quite well that it's still possible to make your own extraordinary adventures these days. ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, china, nomad, travel tale, walk, wandering

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