Guangzhou: Coffee by Design

SIGNLESS COFFEE Nanchao Xin Jie, Qiyi Lu, Yuexiu District. Coffee: Latte Guangzhou is really embracing the concept of the cool cafe with great flair and equally cool design. Here are a few that I’ve come across, some which are – at the time of writing – brand new. How anyone stumbles across this one is […]

Guangzhou: Bread and Bakery

QIU JI CAKE Wushan Lu, Tianhe District. When travelling you have several friends in this world: the internet, a translation app, a plug or adaptor, the library and last but certainly not least the bakery. In the latter instance it can be tricky to find a really good loaf especially in a country like China […]

Guangzhou: Which Pizzeria?

PIZZA HUT District: Zhujiang New Town and Kecun to name two. Pizza: Did not try The decor is nice but apart from that this is probably the worst place to go for pizza. Oh the irony, not even a Pepperoni (well a real one anyway) on the menu and who puts corn on a pizza […]

Qingyuan: Strangely Familiar

On a foggy day in early January I notched up my 80th city and it fell to this relative obscurity to the north of Guangzhou (co-incidentally my first beginning with Q). So off I set on this mini-adventure by bus from Tianhe Coach Station. The vistas of both Tianhe and Huadu are known to me and […]

China: Five Years in a Kingdom of Red

This December marks five years’ since I first arrived in the middle kingdom. One of the most common questions I get asked by my students is: Why did you come to China? In short, I had been to Turkey and the school there breached their contract. A friend suggested I teach in Thailand. When I got […]

Guangzhou: Adventures in the Fog Delta

It’s said that the fog in London can be thick as pea soup though I reckon the Pearl River Delta can give it a run for its money. March is the doldrums for weather in Guangzhou. Pulling the curtains back each day reveals a white canvas enveloping much of the terrain before me. Only once […]

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: Saying Goodbye to Summer

Incredibly here in China, it became autumn on August 8th, though you’d never have noticed through the monsoon humidity, cracks of thunder, soggy t-shirts and feet (I need new shoes). I’ve planned, at least in part, the blog and my teaching schedules for the upcoming year and investigated my next travel destinations. The summer has, as […]

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 […]