Xilamuren – the Inner Mongolia Plains

December 12, 2012

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A couple of hours’ drive north from Hohhot lie the grasslands of Inner Mongolia.  Nomadic horsemen still ply their trade, but it’s now more for the Han tourist than to make ends meet. It is a shame that catering to the new affluent of China is in danger of homogenising the tourist experience, even in […]

Hohhot – images of Inner Mongolia

December 9, 2012

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China may be a single entity, but it has a great variety of people and peoples within its vast borders.  Alongside the 22 provinces (23 if you count Taiwan), there is a spattering of Special Economic Zones (2), 4 Municipalities and 5 Autonomous Regions. It’s often these latter that court controversy as the people of […]

Terracotta Warriors

December 6, 2012

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I remember going Christmas shopping once with my sister and, as we walked through the John Lewis kitchen department, no doubt in search of some delightful present for some lucky family member, it dawned on me that I could plot a path through the shelves in such a way as to arrive quite suddenly in […]

Xian – Terracotta Warriors & Hua Shan

December 3, 2012

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If you’re going to visit anywhere outside of Beijing, Xian and the Terracotta warriors have to be high on the list of priorities.  Earlier in the summer I had planned to go there with my sister and her boyfriend.  For one reason or another that came to nothing – just as well, perhaps, as she […]

Posted in: China, Holidays, Photos, Travel

The end of Movember

November 30, 2012

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There are some things about living in China that cause more concern than they rightly should.  Taking a taxi for the first time, dining out in a local restaurant and getting your hair cut. Not that the latter should really bother me too much since anyone that knows me will testify I’ve had more than […]

Posted in: Beijing, China

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 […]

Posted in: China, Communications

People of the People’s Republic

November 24, 2012

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Hats, motorcycles and other accessories.

Posted in: China, Photos