The Dragon’s Backbone

The bus from Guilin dropped us at the village of Dazhai, which sits at the base of Longji…

Drizzly Dehang

We finally managed to escape the Jisho disaster zone and set off for the ancient village of Dehang,…

Trapped in Jishou

Our carefully laid plans to visit the ancient UNESCO town of Fenghuang were thwarted by the worst weather…

The roast duck can fly no more

Chinese proverb

Frogs and ducks in Zhangjaijie

We saw some strange things in China. Some very strange things. But none as odd as a duckling…

Chengdu – a tale of two Pandas

We loved Chengdu. This was partly due to the communal hairdryer in the downstairs toilet of our hostel…

The battle of Jiuzhaigou

A monsoon descended as we waited for a minibus at Jiuzhaigou Airport. Considering we’d spent three weeks in…

Terracotta Warriors and feline fashion

On the 29th March 1974, two Chinese farmers were congratulating each other at having found a decent spot…

The ancient walls of Xi’an

Xi’an is surrounded by some serious walls. Towering 40ft above the din and the heat, these bad boys…

Wild geese and noodle dancing

It was in the ancient fortress city of Xian where we first bore witness to the many hazards…