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How many people does it take to post a letter?

November 27, 2012

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Four, if it’s going to Mauritius, it seems. You see, I have no idea what ‘Mauritius’ is in Chinese, much less in Chinese characters. None of my colleagues have ever heard of the place (despite a burgeoning Chinese community right at its heart, it would be a little unfair to expect them to) and the […]

People of the People’s Republic

November 24, 2012

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Hats, motorcycles and other accessories.

Wherever I lay my hat?

November 21, 2012

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It was a little weird returning to Beijing after a few weeks in London, and then Vietnam and, for the first time, thinking of a place other than England as “going home.” It was odd to start with when answering what should have been a very basic question from those in Ho Chi Mihn City […]

Trade Flows

November 18, 2012

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The most often asked question on my fleeting return to the UK was, what’s the strangest thing you’ve eaten, followed (in the frequency stakes) by what do you miss the most? Now assuming that that second question wasn’t, in most cases, simply fishing for compliments (you of course!), I can honestly say I was stumped.  […]

A window on the world – portraits of China

November 15, 2012

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Artists, acrobats, the army and holy men… A still-life drawing class – Yellow Dragon Spring Ancient Town, Sichuan Province

The Pace of Change

November 12, 2012

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After a few weeks out of China, it’s always exciting to see what has changed, and how much. When I previously spent a week in Xian, I came back to find all of the road between Sanlitun and the office had been dug up.  By the time I came back from England, they’d all been […]

By the people, for the people…

November 5, 2012

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It won’t have escaped the attention of even the most casual political follower that the coming weeks see potential changes in the leadership of both China and America.  The Chinese leadership is certainly changing hands and whether or not the US also ushers in a new leader, there is no doubt that those who emerge […]

Two changes in Chinese leadership?

October 24, 2012

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It’s become increasingly clear over the past few weeks that something fishy is going on with Google in China. It’s not generally the most stable search engine and can often hang and even drop off entirely; many’s the time I’ve had to rethink and even use Baidu to get what I need.  But as we […]

Facing up to modern China

September 5, 2012

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It’s a country of nearly 1.4billion people – here are just a few of them.

10 strangest foods in China

August 27, 2012

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There are lots of strange things to eat in China. Before moving out here, I read Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper by Fuschia Dunlop and, whilst I have no real desire to eat the former, I’ll confess something of an addiction to Sichuan pepper already – a lip-numbing, fragrant pepper that I hadn’t come across […]