Guangzhou: China’s Bronze

After accidentally locking my Airbnb host out her own flat (and being woken up by her frantic bangs on the door at 2am - sorry Kiki!), I had a much needed lie-in and then took the subway to the nearby city of Foshan (the first city-to-city subway - change to the GuanFo line at Xijang … Continue reading Guangzhou: China’s Bronze

Hong Kong to Guangzhou

Another 'reading' week, another week of very little reading. There was no time for studying - I still had one remaining entry on my Chinese visa. When I visited China back in October, I'd flown up to the capital but this time I was seeing the country using my favourite method of travel - train. … Continue reading Hong Kong to Guangzhou

Beijing: Wonderwall

After deciding that today was a perfect day, I got all analytical and decided that a perfect day in the life of a traveller is not a day which goes perfectly. Today was stressful, frustrating and challenging but the fact it evoked those emotions is exactly what made it a perfect day. It was an … Continue reading Beijing: Wonderwall

Beijing: Summer Palace & Olympic Park

My second full day in Beijing involved me heading to the Haidan District to check out the revered Summer Palace. Situated right next to Beigongmen subway station, it's yet another huge space in Beijing, filled with massive lakes, plenty of Chinese architecture and loads of greenery. I chose the perfect day for it as the … Continue reading Beijing: Summer Palace & Olympic Park


The bullet train to Beijing didn't disappoint. Getting onto it required a lot of guesswork and vague recollections of Chinese characters as nothing in the station was in English. But, despite the station feeling more like an airport, I managed to find my train. I thought I'd walked into First Class rather than Economy as … Continue reading Beiwatch

Getting a Chinese Visa in Hong Kong…

I hate visas. They're up there with seagulls, mushrooms and Sharon Osbourne, though it's normally worth the stress when you get a nice, shiny label for your passport. I perhaps naively thought the process of getting into China would be quite simple, given how close (geographically) Hong Kong and the mainland are, but if anyone … Continue reading Getting a Chinese Visa in Hong Kong…