Xi'an

Dinner in Xi’an Muslim Quarter, China

  Xi’an was an unplanned part of my Chinese itinerary, but as I’d been to Beijing before it seemed to make more sense to head there for a few days before leaving for Seoul and visit the Terracotta Warriors. I…

Xi'an

Visiting the Incredible Terracotta Army, China

Let’s get this out of the way up front: Terracotta Army, bucket list, once in a lifetime blah blah. You’ll have heard all those cliches before when it comes to one of the world’s most famous manmade wonders. I was…

Shanghai

A Day in the French Concession, Shanghai

The French Concession area of Shanghai is a bizarre contrast of traditional Chinese life within a setting that looks distinctly European. Aside from Macau, which used to be Portuguese, I haven’t been anywhere in China that actually resembles anything western,…

Shanghai

Steak and Whiskey at The 1515 West Chophouse, Shanghai

  I rarely cook steak at home, but then I often feel it’s a wasted order in a restaurant too. Very few places do steak perfectly and I certainly didn’t expect to find somewhere that would nail such a challenge…

Chengdu

A Day at the Chengdu Panda Sanctuary, China

I’ve never had a bucket list (partly because I find the whole thing a bit morose), but also because I basically want to do and see everything. However there has been one place that I’ve wanted to visit for so…

Leshan

The Incredible Giant Buddha of Leshan, China

China’s big, isn’t it? I’d never even heard of Leshan before planning this trip, but even this ‘small’ city has a population of almost two million. We drove for over three hours from our base in Chengdu to get there…

Singapore

Touring Temples in Singapore’s Chinatown

Chinatown is undeniably the most vibrant area of Singapore to explore. I had amazing food there numerous times (including Kaya toast for breakfast and red chilli crab at dinner), and my love for the colourful shutters on all the buildings…

Shanghai

Dinner at Di Shui Dong, Shanghai

I found it surprisingly difficult to find affordable, good quality Chinese food in Shanghai. It is definitely the most multicultural city I’ve been to in China, which means there are some amazing European restaurants to be found, but I was…

Singapore

The Prettiest Streets in Singapore

My camera was totally unprepared for how unbelievable pretty Singapore’s architecture is. If I’m going to go whole hog with some ridiculous verbs, I’ll throw it out there and say the place is wonderfully ‘Instagrammable’. Every street has a personality,…