ChinaPhoto

April 4, 2014

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ChinaPhoto

  A vast country, an unfathomable number of people and a great many photographs would explain why it’s taken as long as it has to review, edit and publish them all in one place – but have a look at my new site, ChinaPhoto and I hope you’ll agree it’s been worth the effort! In […]

Golden Week

February 7, 2013

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Knowing when to get away for the bank holiday has always been a matter for discussion in the UK – leave on the Friday night and risk the traffic?  Take a half day?  Or go on the Saturday. In China, it’s on an altogether different scale.  Golden Week at the start of October saw something […]

Can I sue David Cameron?

January 25, 2013

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I like democracy.  Having lived in China for a year I have a new found appreciation for it (though I’m certainly not in the “democracy or nothing” camp.) But part of that appreciation is the understanding that democracy has moved on.  We no longer expect all adult male citizens to attend meetings in the agora […]

Posted in: Leadership, London, Politics

Ho Chi Minh City

December 24, 2012

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Vietnam is catching up.  They’re taking on China in low-cost manufacturing and have clear ambitions of their own. But there’s still a charm about Saigon that has already gone from much of urban China – starting with an airport that feels as though the troops have only just moved out.  Everywhere you turn buildings that […]

Posted in: Design, Food, Interesting, Tea, Vietnam

Hanging Temple

December 21, 2012

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An hour or so from Datong, through dusty villages, where houses are still built of mud and donkeys draw carts laden with melons, is a temple that has clung to the side of a mountain for more than 1,500 years. Unsurprisingly, it’s known as the hanging temple… Now, I’m not much of a one for […]

Yungang Grottoes – in pictures

December 18, 2012

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UNESCO has a decent track record in choosing places worth seeing, and we headed off to one of their World Heritage sites, the Yungang Grottoes, first thing in the morning, hoping to be able to see these and The Hanging Temple in the same day, which is easily done from Datong. Started in the 5th […]

Posted in: China, Holidays, Photos, Travel

Datong – Shanxi Province

December 15, 2012

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Datong is a gritty kind of town.  It’s coal country – and arriving at the station in the dead of night did nothing to change our opinion that catching a train from Hohhot in Inner Mongolia into Datong was something of a risk. Not least because there are several stations called Datong and China’s paranoia […]

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