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 […]

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. This time I try something different which is to catch a bus. Having discovered the joys […]

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 […]