A FEW WEEKS ago I sought hallmarks of Chinese heritage and architecture at one of Beijing’s main railway stations, only to be bitterly disappointed at the fact that the entire concourse is transit, for ticketed passengers only. This time, on my way out of Beijing for a few days, I had the opportunity to check … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 28: Good Company is the Best Way to Pass Time
Infrastructure may not be glamorous … unless, of course, it happens to be so stand-out it’s comical … or scary. And naturally, modern China ticks all the boxes. A few weeks ago I was taken aback by Hangzhou’s ‘legendary’ beauty. There are certainly buildings in Hangzhou that look like they don’t belong … and then there’s … More The Mothership Has Landed In China
WHEN YOU’RE TRAVELLING in a developing country, there are just some things, some places, some parts of society, that unspoken word, others’ previous experiences or historical facts advise you against. Even for Western-born Asians, we have to admit that socioeconomic and cultural differences mean that while we have the purchasing power to live like kings, … More Which traveller dares to ride a bus in Manila?
THE FLIGHT FROM JFK to Incheon, leaving at 1 pm and arriving at 5.30 pm the next day, is non-stop daylight in the late spring, passing over the remote Arctic and North Pole and taking 14 hours. Flying has always been exciting for me – though of course, as tranquil and spectacular as it is, … More How To Have The Best Inflight Experience In Economy
LOCAL TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE. When talking about travel and our experiences, my friends and I always continue to bring up the idea that travel goes well beyond holidaying and snaps. We are puzzled at how people could satisfy themselves by sleeping in cloistered hotels, only leaving on buses to voyeuristically look at tourist traps and … More Local Travel: one post, one neighbourhood, one city, one day at a time.