The Pavilion Hotel – Shenzhen, China.

The Pavilion Hotel Shenzhen China

1. February 2018. I’ve always been pretty relaxed about accommodation when I’m on the road. Sometimes I’ll fork out for somewhere nice, other times I’m happy to slum it in basic guesthouses or hostels. But when we got to Shenzhen Wonderboy found himself so disillusioned with our first night at Star Whisper Spacecraft Hotel (it […]

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My 5: Shenzhen International Garden & Flower Expo Park, China.

Shenzhen International Garden & Flower Expo Park.

1. February 2018. Parks and temples, temples and parks: China! I limit myself to just one or two parks a place these days, knowing that in most cases the green spaces on offer are much of a muchness for a grisly old China veteran like myself. Wonderboy and I hadn’t even planned on hitting this […]

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My 5: OCT-LOFT Creative Culture Park – Shenzhen, China.

OCT-LOFT Creative Culture Park Shenzhen China

1. February 2018. Art lovers will find plenty to admire about Shenzhen. The city’s parks and squares are full of sculptures and statues, while a half-day visit to Dafen Oil Painting Village and its modern art museum is a must for anyone visiting the city. And then you’ve got OCT LOFT, a so-called Creative Culture […]

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My 5: Huaqiangbei Electronics District – Shenzhen, China.

Huaqiangbei Electronics District Shenzhen China

1. February 2018. Wonderboy and I were pretty excited about seeing China’s Silicon Valley, a sprawling three kilometer district packed with electronic malls, stores and service centers. The largest of its kind in Asia, this is one of the busiest shopping areas in the country. Except that is, when you rock up during Chinese New […]

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My 5: Guandi Temple – Quanzhou, China.

Guandi Temple Quanzhou Fujian province China

1. Guandi Temple, February 2018. As with most Chinese cities, there are plenty of temples scattered around Quanzhou. I consider myself something of a temple veteran, so decided to limit myself to this magnificently carved city centre structure on Tumen Street.

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My 5: Shu Yuan National Park – Yongjia County, China.

Shu Yuan National Park Yongjia County China

1. November 2017. With winter finally starting to hit the southeast of China, I instinctively felt my annual hibernation period calling me after a busy few months of travel. Resolving to squeeze in one final trip before scuttling off to my man cave, I headed off to Yongjia County, a rural region in Zhejiang Province […]

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My 5: Xu Ao Di Village – Taishun County, China.

Xu Ao Di Village Taishun County Zhejiang province China

1. November 2017. My visit to Taishun County was a major highlight of my travels across southern china in 2017. I saw an array of ancient bridges, an abandoned temple, a stunning reservoir and an equally awesome three-tiered waterfall set in a remote forest-mountain park. Driving back to my Sixi Town hotel on the last […]

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