We've met a lot of people along the way who have followed a similar route to us, and come down through China to enter South-East Asia. Since most of those people hated Beijing and the soup-like blanket of air pollution that hangs over the city most days of the year, we've started to realise just … Continue reading Beijing: a long overdue nod to China’s ancient capital
I know, I know...Asia is a big place. Depending on your definition it comprises up to 49 countries and 60% of the world's population. However for the purposes of this blog post 'Asia' refers to China, Japan, Korea and all of South-East Asia. Despite the huge cultural, historical, religious and ethnic differences that exist between … Continue reading What is it with Asia and….???
There is a Chinese saying that dictates: 'Anything that walks, swims, crawls, or flies with its back to heaven is edible'. Of course, edible doesn't necessary mean desirable. Much as I love Chinese cuisine, there are a few aspects of the Chinese kitchen that I find extremely hard to stomach. Here's a few local specialties that won't … Continue reading Thanks, but no thanks.
The Dong are one of the numerous ethnic minorities in China, famous for their carpentry skills, singing and rice wine. We had originally planned to coast through the region on our way to Hunan province but once our visas were extended and we found ourselves with an extra 30 days in China, we decided to … Continue reading Dancing with the Dong
We've spent the last three days exploring the insanely picturesque countryside around Yangshuo-. Unfortunately the weather has been rather average, so our photos don't really do justice to the extraordinary scenery, brilliant green landscapes and lovely rural settings that we've cruised past. If Confucius had chosen to elaborate on two-wheeled transport he probably would … Continue reading Confucius says…two wheels better than four
We're ba-ack!! Take that internet censors!! I guess it probably should have occurred to us earlier but it seems that for every firewall the Chinese government has thrown up in the face of morally corrupt sites like Blogger and Facebook, there are 7 million dorks who've posted ways around this online! Thanks online tweens!! And … Continue reading The People’s Republic of China Digital Detox…THWARTED by Martijn