My 5: Lennon Bar – Qingdao, China.

Exterior Lennon Bar Qingdao Shandong Province China

1. August 2009. I remember reading about Lennon Bar long before S and I had even arrived in Qingdao on our great summer China trip of 2009. I think it may have been Lonely Planet that tipped me off to the city’s Beatles themed bar with an in-house live band treating customers to fab four […]

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My 5: Humble Administrator’s Garden Part I – Suzhou, China.

The Humble Administrator's Garden Suzhou China

1. December 2018. It was Christmas Day (!) and I was back on the road in China once again to conquer another little corner of this gargantuan country! The beautiful city of Suzhou is famous for two things: It’s gorgeous network of ancient canal streets and for some of the country’s best-preserved age-old gardens. Beautiful […]

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My 5: Half Moon Bay – Cangnan County, China.

Half Moon Bay Wucheng Village Cangnan County China

1. November 2018. After the success of my day trip to the isolated Fudewan Ancient Village in October, it was just under a month later that I headed back to Cangnan County for another hidden gem of southeastern China. Picking me up from Cangnan’s train station… just as she had the first time… my guide […]

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My 5: Hiking The Great Wall of China, Mutianyu.

Mutianyu The Great Wall of China

1. June 2014. Located just seventy kilometres northeast of Beijing, Mutianyu is a fully restored section of China’s Great Wall ideal for those looking to strike a balance between convenience and authenticity. Having already hiked the stunning and somewhat wild Jinshanling to Simatai section four years earlier, this was my second Great Wall experience and […]

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My 5: Hiking The Great Wall of China, Jinshanling to Simatai.

The Great Wall of China Jinshanling to Simatai

1. May 2010. For visitors to China, hiking  a section of The Great Wall often finds itself planted at the very top of the bucket list. But choosing which part to tackle can be an overwhelming task, with nearly nine thousand kilometers of wall snaking its way across the country. Some of the most impressive stretches […]

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My 5: The Nanjing Eye, China.

The Nanjing Eye pedestrian bridge Nanjing Olympic Park China

1. October 2018. There’s some really impressive architecture to be found all around Nanjing’s Olympic Park. This stylish steel pedestrian and cycle bridge connects the Youth Olympic Sports Park and Jiangxinzhou Forest Park. It’s free to cross and on a day like this there are fine views out across the Yangtze River and the Olympic […]

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My 5: Nanluoguxiang, Beijing.

Nanluoguxiang hutong Beijing

1. September 2018. “What the heck is a hutong?” a friend of mine asked when I told him about my plans in Beijing. It’s a question I’ve had a lot over the years, so I made sure to pencil in a hutong-flavored My 5 for my Beijing page. The Chinese capital used to be crammed full […]

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