‘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, 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 […]

Madness, madness, they call it madness…..

So tomorrow is ‘national day’ in China, a universally celebrated public holiday commemorating the founding of the Communist party and marking the start of 4 days public vacation. In keeping with the way things are done in China, they go big. When the holiday comes around, the cities shut down & everyone heads out either […]