Dong Chong Xia Cao – the rather strange Chinese Winter Insect, Summer Herb

In May 2015 I traveled with my good Chinese friend Jun Quan from Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan, up to the north-west of the province to Sertar in the Daxue mountains and the incredible Larung Gar Buddhist Institute - the largest Tibetan … [Read more...]

Article: Riding the HCM Trail

Riding the Ho Chi Minh Trail in 2013 was very much my introduction to what is generally referred to as "adventure motorcycling" - a vague term that seems to have many definitions... For me it means traveling by motorcycle to somewhere you would … [Read more...]

Riding the Himalayas and the Royal Enfield Bullet

The Royal Enfield Bullet is a source of considerable pride in India - as even the most casual conversation about them will soon tell you. Even with non-bikers, chests swell and that wonderful Indian idiosyncrasy the head wobble quickly lets you know … [Read more...]

Riding the Himalayas – Himachal Pradesh Route

Riding the Himalayas was for me, the realization of a long-held ambition to see this special part of the world and to do it in a way that I would really experience it, literally by the seat of my pants on a truly unique Indian icon - the Royal … [Read more...]

Tibetan Plateau – Mandalas at Xinkangmao

The monk must have been watching, as we made our way up the track to the remote Tibetan monastery at Xinkangmao, because as we approached the main compound the door opened and he beckoned me inside. It was one of those moments that makes travel in … [Read more...]

China: Tibetan Plateau Earthquake Zones

Our journey to the Tibetan Plateau began in Sichuan Province and the city of Chengdu. Chengdu has grown rapidly to become the fourth largest city in China, with a population of around 15 million, but it was hardly an auspicious start though as … [Read more...]