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Travel Report: Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, China.

February 2010. My visit to the incredible Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival still stands as a major if not definitive highlight of all my travels around China. Anyone in the market for a trip during February’s Chinese New Year break would struggle to come up with a better plan than checking out this awesome […]

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Travel Report: Sweet Mao Tea – Gulangyu Island, China.

August 2017. It was mid afternoon on Gulangyu when, all of a sudden, the heavens opened and the rain came beating down. Hence I sprinted off through the nearest stone gate and into a colonial courtyard with brick arches, twisting trees and a statue of a red-haired, cartoon cat. Sweet Mao Tea announced a number of […]

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Travel Report: Lee House – Gulangyu Island, China.

August 2017. Many of Gulangyu Island’s grand colonial buildings are now home to shops, restaurants and luxury boutiques. Whilst I have very little interest in shopping, it was still cool to duck into some of these amazing buildings and check out the courtyards and architecture. One of the coolest structures is the huge four-storey Lee […]

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Travel Report: Haoyue Park – Gulangyu Island, China.

August 2017. You could easily spend two or three days exploring Gulangyu Island. But if you find yourself on limited time, map out a walking route to the island’s northwestern tip for the dramatically located Haoyue Park. This landscaped complex can be accessed via a pretty beach and is situated around the towering Fuding Rock. […]

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Travel Report: Cool Spots Around Gulangyu Island, China.

August 2017. As amazing as the Chinese city of Xiamen is, the real inspiration for my trip to Fujian Province was the prospect of a visit to Gulangyu Island. Reached via a fifteen-minute ferry ride from Xiamen International Passenger Terminal, I was horribly unprepared for what a battle it would be to get onto one of […]

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Travel Report: Cool Spots Around Xiamen, China.

August 2017. My five day trip to the island city of Xiamen very nearly didn’t happen. In the days leading up to my visit, Typhoon Nesat swept through southern China. This caused considerable mayhem to Taiwan and mainland Fujian Province. In fact, just the day before my journey, all trains to Xiamen got cancelled! Luckily […]

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Travel Report: Railroad Culture Park – Xiamen, China.

August 2017. One of my favourite Xiamen experiences was this simple but ingenious nature trail in the southwest of the city. Railroad Culture Park stands as a towering testament to brilliant urban planning and creative reuse, with five kilometres of landscaped gardens set around a stretch of preserved rails. Popular with ramblers, dog walkers, joggers […]

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Travel Report: Zhongshan Road – Xiamen, China.

August 2017. Even if shopping isn’t your cup of tea, a trip to Zhongshan Road in Xiamen is an essential part of a visit here. Teeming with stores, restaurants and cafes, this strictly pedestrianised road offers up an exciting fusion of European architecture, chattering locals and bug eyed sales clerks armed with microphones. My first […]

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Travel Report: Hulishan Fortress – Xiamen, China.

August 2017. Hulishan Fortress is one of Xiamen’s most defining landmarks, a sprawling granite castle perched atop a rocky hill in the south of the island. Built in 1894 in the dying days of the Qing Dynasty, the fort was home to some of the world’s most powerful cannons. Furthermore, the fortress went on to […]

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