Guangzhou: Paddington in Canton

As it’s silly season here are some photos from my recent visit to Guangzhou. Did a lot of shopping myself, new day bag (American Tourister again), new shoes (Li Ning again), and some Apple merch to replace the plug I left on the Budapest bus – doh! Oh well, it happens to us all, thank […]

Xmas 2017

Wishing all my friends, followers, students and associates a peaceful xmas, and harmonious 2018 – the year of the dog in China. Apparently it is bad luck to be there during your own zodiac year so that was another reason for my exit, though I do miss the Chinese. However for the moment they are […]

SPECIAL: CHINA TRANSIT VISAS

Travelling to mainland China soon? Thinking about utilising their transit visas? Think very carefully. Despite being in operation a while now, it appears not everyone everywhere knows about it. Here’s my account of what happened during my journey from Cairo to Guangzhou. As always I arrive at the airport and check in on time, to […]

Shenzhen: Making a Pig’s Ear of Spring

After kicking off the year with many visits to regional Guangdong it was time to re-aquaint myself with the one and only Shenzhen, the city that still holds a special place for me even though I’ve now lived longer in Guangzhou.┬áThis time I try┬ásomething different which is to catch a bus. Having discovered the joys […]

Guangzhou to Hong Kong: The Through Train

It is more common for me to visit Shenzhen. It is less common for me to visit Hong Kong unless I am doing so for official reasons. It is equally more common for me to travel by train from Guangzhou to Shenzhen and that is my intention, until that is I learn of an exhibition […]

Hodgkin in Hong Kong

This year marks the 40th anniversary of my first visit to Hong Kong when the tap water was brown and green and white stripy Tristars perilously glided into Kai Tak. Apparently it is also the length of time some local collectors have been purchasing Howard Hodgkin paintings. Taking that into consideration it is astonishing to […]