Guangzhou: Night Poems and Idyllic Afternoons

Last year I put together a collection of old poems under the book banner NIGHT MUSIC. Not long ago in need of some exercise I set off into the night to capture what is in essence a Night Music of sorts, only this time utilising photography as its central focus. Perhaps night stories or night poems […]

Motherland/Fatherland: Celebrating the Chinese and German National Holidays

Wishing all my Chinese friends a happy and harmonious National Day and holiday. You can be sure that for me, travel won’t feature as anyone who has been resident in China or visited this vast country during a holiday period knows; travel is not advisable due to the swathes of people crowding all known transport […]

Guangzhou: OCE Cafe @ One Link Mall

Spread over three floors, OCE (Original Color Edition) takes its cue from what it calls the Nordic style but lets call it Scandinavian; clean, fresh, simple. It is not just a stylish clothes shop but also a cafe, bookseller and gallery located in one corner of One Link Mall; not Guangzhou’s biggest mall though perhaps […]

Guangzhou: The Food From UNCLE

Cheap eateries in the glittering wealth of far eastern cities are gold dust; think Saizeriya. As previously mentioned in another blog, my kitchen is the size of a shoebox, so I’ve been steadily building up places to dine. In recent months I’ve come across a place called UNCLE – why it’s called that I don’t […]

Culture: Playing Boule with the Chinese

Even within the grounds of the campus I live and work the Chinese night is a hive of frenetic activity with people jogging, kids riding bikes, canoodling students, you can even get a haircut at 10pm should you need. Over the last few months I’ve witnessed all manner of sports taking place: basketball, tennis, volleyball and […]

Guangzhou: Pale Yellow

In Hong Kong it’s tailors, in Guangzhou it’s Gym membership. A flock of youths in tee-shirts accost me on seemingly every street corner seeking a positive sign to get me pumping iron (or at my age fatigued aluminium). Alas it’s a doctrine I am even less enthused by than religion, still they continue thrusting their […]

Shenzhen: Swiftly Surging Skyward

Two years after a change in visa rules forced my departure, I return for a 24 hour look at China’s fourth city and my favourite so far. At the risk of sounding pompous, if it is possible to have a love affair with a city other than Paris and my own capital Cardiff, Shenzhen is […]

Changsha: Interlude in the City of Heavy Construction

If Chenzhou is a work in progress, provincial capital Changsha is a recently opened jigsaw scattered across the floor. I am here purely for a one day visit but I misunderstood my environs and in seven hours I barely scratch the surface of Wuyi Square (the cities main shopping district) and Tangerine Island – literally […]

Chenzhou: Hunan’s Halfway Home

Night masks my vision as the bullet train slides into another empty modern edifice. It’s a trip I’ve been lucky to make at all. Rolling back three years to a time when my travel plans were thwarted by Chinese New Year I wasn’t expecting any problems in late August. Unknown to me, a secondary kind […]