‘Bring me Ningbo of burning gold, bring me my arrows of desire…’

An unexpected morning shift before my days off last week afforded me the chance of a short midweek city break and having heard many good things from both numerous friends and Leightonliterature.com, and with it being under 2 hours away, I decided to jump on the train & head North to the city of Ningbo. […]

Harbin(ger) of doom! (final part)

The minibus pulled up at a nondescript junction of a duel carriageway and the driver motioned for everyone to disembark. In both directions all I could see were snow covered fields and road, with the exception of the huge billboard marking the turning for Sun Island pointing back the direction we’d just come. As the […]

Harbin(ger) of doom, part 2

Tired, cold, sick and deflated. After being comprehensively defeated by the cold on the previous two days I was staring defeat in the face for the first time in my travels in China. After a second night of virtually no sleep in my boiling hot, windowless hotel room the thought of going out and facing […]

Harbin(ger) of doom! (part 1)

Just over two years ago, sat in a cafe somewhere in Cambodia, Leighton was showing me some pictures from his visit to the Harbin snow and ice festival in Heilongjiang province, China. It looked spectacular, a cacophony of ice, snow and colour with gargantuan sculptures between huge, illuminated buildings forming a mini-city made from ice. I […]