My 5: The Presidential Palace – Nanjing, China.

Entrance The Presidential Palace Nanjing

1. October 2018. A few of my Chinese friends back in Rui’an said I was crazy for going to Nanjing during Golden Week. But I was under no illusion as to what I was letting myself in for. I’d already done several National Holiday trips within China and I knew the crowds would be insane, especially […]

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My 5: How To Ride The Beijing Subway.

How to ride the Beijing Subway

Reading from China? This My 5 contains a YouTube video, which can only be viewed with a VPN! 1. September 2018. Whatever it is you’ve come to China’s capital for, chances are you’re gonna get acquainted with the good old Beijing Subway! It’s unavoidable really, as the bus system is complicated, slow and predominantly Mandarin-driven, […]

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My 5: Tiananmen Square, Beijing.

Tiananmen Square Beijing

1. September 2018. I very nearly didn’t make it into Tiananmen Square. I’d stupidly forgotten all about the security checkpoints and when the steely-faced guard told me: “pass-a-port”I felt a cold chill run down the back of my neck. But then, as luck would have it, I realized it was tucked in the top pouch […]

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My 5: Galaxy Soho Mall, Beijing.

Galaxy SOHO Mall Beijing

1. September 2018. If you’re planning a trip to Beijing, you might not even consider a visit to the city’s largest shopping mall. But whatever you’re doing in the Chinese capital, a half an hour diversion to the amazing sight of Galaxy Soho Mall is well worth it! Designed by the acclaimed British-Iraqi architect Zaha […]

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My 5: Chaoyang Park, Beijing.

Choayang Park Beijing

1. September 2018. It was a warm, lightly smoggy morning in Beijing and I was staying with my old friend Temperance in Chaoyang district. I had quite the day planned, with a hit list that included stops at Galaxy SOHO Mall, Tiananmen Square and Friends Café. But before all that I decided to kick off […]

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