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...]

The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival... Winter in Harbin is a cold and visceral thing. Night-time temperatures often drive the mercury past minus 30 degrees C. Which makes the phrase “chilled to the bone” take on a whole new meaning! But, tempting as … [Read more...]

Top ten things to know about traveling in China

I was recently back in China for 3 weeks, about 1.5 years after living there for nearly two years - it really is an interesting place, full of contradictions and very much a puzzle wrapped in an enigma. In my mind it's basically a huge "parallel … [Read more...]