Beijing Backpacking , Day 22: The End of the Line; the Edge of Civilisation

A few months ago I talked about the ‘edge of civilisation’ allure associated with whatever lies on the edge of a printed map, even if in a big city. Strangely enough, if you look at the map, the place where my colleagues and I are engaged is an interchange station; and yet they often commented … More Beijing Backpacking , Day 22: The End of the Line; the Edge of Civilisation

Beijing Backpacking, Day 20: Metro Art, Signs of the Times

THE SUBWAY SEEMS to be one of the most mundane parts of everyday life for city dwellers. But put yourself in the mindset of a traveller and the subway could be one of the most overlooked parts of a city’s history. Although it has rapidly expanded in the past 10 years and in the wake … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 20: Metro Art, Signs of the Times

Beijing Backpacking, Day 3: Point A to Point B and Everything In Between

What does any traveller do with a few hours to kill in a city? Take the long way, of course. There was no shortage of landmarks to see between my original origin and destination stations. And with a subway, you really get no hint of what life is like outside, making each first-time subway exit … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 3: Point A to Point B and Everything In Between

Beijing Backpacking, Day 1: It’s The Allure, We’re The Oddity

Dare I say, at risk of sounding standoffish, that I have never truly ‘felt’ culture shock? I get so excited about travel that I don’t notice it. Ironically though, culture shock hit me on my first day here – ironically as it is the first time I had gone to a place I had studied … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 1: It’s The Allure, We’re The Oddity