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Making the most of a day in Hong Kong

Looking out over the city’s iconic skyscrapers and the already busy Hong Kong Harbour it’s clear this densely populated island means business. In the scene below everything is already in full swing, or maybe it never stopped, as a new day begins. It’s just gone 9am and we’re among the few people up at The […]

Two days in Zha Ji, seeing the beauty of South Anhui

Any Chinese person would be able to name the Four Treasures of a Chinese study room (Pinyin: wén fáng sì bǎo): Ink Brush (bǐ), Ink Stick (mò), Xuan Paper (zhǐ), Ink Stone (yàn). There are several versions of what the four treasures are in Chinese history. But at the start, which is all the way back in Nan […]

A dreamy state of mind South of Anhui

My spring outing to the southern part of Anhui (also called Wan Nan) started with Jing arriving late to catch the scheduled-train. It caused her a two-hour delay, followed by her having to stand the entire trip on the second train. When we eventually met I was greeted with, “My legs are not my legs.”  […]

Xi Cen, like a Chinese ink painting

Siting in the South West country side of Qing Pu of Shanghai, there is a place named Xi Cen. If you ever visit there, do not miss the old town of Jin Ze. It’s a small village with waterways and countless bridges–a typical scene from South China (well, to be more correct, south of the […]