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...]

Cious Magazine: Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Winter in Harbin is a cold and visceral thing where night-time temperatures often drive the mercury past minus 30 degrees C and the phrase “chilled to the bone” takes on a whole new meaning in there... But, tempting as it may be to stay … [Read more...]

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Winter in Harbin is a cold and visceral thing, where night-time temperatures often drive the mercury past minus 30 degrees C, and the phrase “chilled to the bone” takes on a whole new meaning! But, tempting as it may be to stay cocooned in your … [Read more...]

Shanghai’s Dongtai Road Antique Market

Shanghai's Dongtai Road antique market is definitely worth a visit if you are doing some sight-seeing in this most vibrant of Chinese cities. But don’t go there expecting to find anything really genuine - rather look upon it as a pleasant way to pass … [Read more...]

The Shanghai Insect Market

Shanghai is a city of immense contrast and you don't have to go much farther than the Bund area to see those contrasts at their most vivid. Here the wide and powerful Hangpu River separates the old colonial part of Shanghai from it's brash new … [Read more...]