Category: Beijing

You’re woken up by the sound of an old man violently expectorating in the hutong alleyway outside, cringing during the pause while he holds his mouthful of phlegm for a second or two between noisily bringing it up and noisily …

Life in Beijing: catching the bullet train Read More »

I was just going through some old photos and found this one of a pop-up street barber near my old place in Beijing. There isn’t much of a travel blog post I can write to go with it, but it …

Life in Beijing: the Street Barber of Shilipu Read More »

One night while living in Beijing I coughed and hacked and spluttered all night long, with an itching and burning in my throat that nothing would alleviate. I didn’t sleep much that night, and when I finally did wake up …

Life in Beijing: Airpocalypse Now Read More »

“You know, you can see it for miles. It goes on for miles over the hills and everything; but so does the M6. D’you know what I mean? You can see that for miles… and you go, “great,” and that …

How to Visit the Great Wall of China from Beijing Read More »

Obviously, the train was packed. It was the autumn holidays, when the whole of China travels home to see family, and the only tickets available had been for the hard seat carriages – these carriages do have numbered individual seats …

Beijing to Chengdu in the autumn holiday: 27 hours in a tin of sardines! Read More »

I’d been to Hong Kong & Macau the year before, but when we arrived in Beijing at the end of our Trans-Siberian journey, it was my first time in mainland China (and for my two companions too). Mike and Ross …

An action-packed first overland run through China Read More »

Beijing’s a city I’ve been to a whole bunch of times, including a spell living there for a few months in autumn/winter of 2013, so I’ve come to know the place pretty well and have plenty of memories there. But …

A Beijing Bender Read More »

Introducing the Beijing Teahouse Scam: “So, how about going for tea?” she suggested. “Sounds good,” I replied, “but actually, I think I’d prefer a coffee right now.” “Oh… but, coffee is too strong for us Chinese, we can’t drink it,” …

The Beijing Teahouse Scam (trolling the trolls) Read More »