Beijing

A Beginner’s Guide to China – Everything You Need to Know For …

When I tell people that China is my favourite country to explore, nobody seems to understand why. Even when I’ve met people when travelling, the general consensus always seems to be, ‘It’s just never been on my list.’ To which…

Shanghai

A Beautiful Japanese Lunch at Tsuru, Shanghai

The fact that I’ve never been a huge fan of Japanese food, especially sushi, goes down as well with people as when I tell them I don’t like avocado or lemon drizzle cake. I get looks of ‘who even are you?’…

Xi'an

Cycling the City Walls of Xi’an, China

I knew precisely zero about Xi’an, the city closest to the Terracotta Warriors, before arriving there. With some basic research, I realised there were two things I needed to experience: the Muslim Quarter for dinner, and the surrounding city walls.…

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…