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Travel Report: Half Moon Bay, Cangnan County.

Half Moon Bay, Cangnan County. November 2018. After the success of my day trip to Fudewan Ancient Village, it was just under a month later that I headed back to Cangnan County for another of South East China’s hidden gems. Picking me up from Cangnan’s train station, just as she had the first time, Jamie drove […]

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Travel Report: Fudewan Ancient Village Part II, China.

Fudewan Ancient Village, China. Want to get the full context? Why not go back to the beginning with Fudewan Ancient Village Part I. October 2018. Having strolled the narrow lanes, marvelled at the alum and stopped by the Tea Academy, my next port of call in Fudewan Ancient Village was the sleepy post office. In […]

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Travel Report: Fudewan Ancient Village Part I, China.

October 2018. There isn’t much info online about Cangnan County. Seemingly hidden away in the southernmost part of Zhejiang Province, this largely rural region is all rolling farmland and isolated villages. Virtually off the map for foreign travellers, I hadn’t given Cangan much thought at all. Despite the fact that its main train station was […]

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Travel Report: The Southern Ridges, Singapore.

May 2015. As insultingly expensive as a week in Singapore can potentially be, visitors often overlook the fact that many of the city’s highlights are free! As with the stunning Singapore Botanic Gardens, you’d be crazy to leave town without hiking The Southern Ridges. In fact, this ten kilometre trail stands as one of Singapore’s […]

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Travel Report: The Great Wall of China, Tiger Mountain.

The Great Wall of China, Tiger Mountain. In the summer of 2014 my friend Anthony and I embarked on a two week trip across the northeast of China. For me it was yet another corner of the country conquered. One of the highlights of that trip was getting to hike my third section of The […]

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Travel Report: The Great Wall of China, Mutianyu.

June 2014. Located just seventy kilometres northeast of Beijing, The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu is a fully restored section of the wall that’s ideal for those looking to strike a balance between convenience and authenticity. Having already hiked the stunning and somewhat wild Jinshanling to Simatai section four years earlier, this was my […]

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Travel Report: The Great Wall of China, Jinshanling to Simatai.

The Great Wall of China, Jinshanling to Simatai. May 2010. For visitors to China, hiking  a section of The Great Wall often finds itself at the very top of the to-do list. However, choosing which part to tackle can be an overwhelming task. Especially as there are nearly nine thousand kilometres of wall scattered around […]

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Travel Report: The Pavilion Hotel, Shenzhen.

February 2018. I’ve always been pretty relaxed about accommodation when I’m on the road. Sometimes I’ll fork out for somewhere nice, other times I’m happy to slum it in a basic guesthouse or hostel. Wonderboy on the other hand is a little more, how to put this, high maintenance. In fact, he found himself so disillusioned […]

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Travel Report: Shenzhen International Garden and Flower Expo Park.

February 2018. Parks and temples… temples and parks… China! I try to limit myself to just one or two parks per trip these days, knowing that in most cases the green spaces on offer feel like much of a muchness for a grisly old China veteran like myself. For our explorations in the city of […]

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