Monthly Archive: November 2011

Songpan Camping Snow

Camping in a Winter Wonderland

I watch in mounting horror as Martin heads off into the mountains, leaving our tent flaccid on the ground, and Z endeavours to start a...

Horse trekking Songpan: view over mountains.

In Search of Snow — on Horseback

One of Zā€™s signal complaints ā€“ his desire for a skyline safely sated by China ā€“ over almost two years in the tropics has been...

Chengdu-in-the-water-1024x682

The Friday Photo: Reflections of New China

China’s cities are big, fast, buzzing, crowded. Wide, choked highways slice through the maze of malls and alleys with brutal efficiency, girdle the city’s heart...

Chengdu Baby Pandas 2

It's Panda Time!

Chengdu is proud of its pandas. Extremely proud. Abstract pandas stand tall in the main square, opposite a gargantuan Chairman Mao and a stone’s throw...

Halloween Masks

Halloween in China

I wasn’t optimistic about celebrating Halloween in China. Not least because my Halloween track record has been pretty damn abysmal over most of my son’s...