Beijing: Day 2

Of course, if you make it to China, one of the things you should find a way to see is "The Great Wall". A few points you should know first: It is not a single wall, and never has been. Most sections of the wall are in the North-East of China. Parts of the wall... Continue Reading →


Beijing: Day 1

First day, and straight into the sightseeing! On day one, we saw Tiananmen Square and Th Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square was just a square. It does have a long and interesting history of being at the centre of Chinese politics, but that's not something that you can really see when you're there (unless you count... Continue Reading →


This is where the truly touristy adventures begin. A friend met me in Beijing and we went from there. Beijing will not fit in one post. The main attractions we saw were Tiananmen square and the Forbidden City, The Great Wall (Badaling section) and the Temple of Heaven. We also wandered into the old Olympic... Continue Reading →


Dates: 26 (evening) - 28 June I wasn't in Tianjin for very long. I took the opportunity to relax and wander a bit. Unknown to me, my hotel was in a former concession zone. When I arrived, I thought it all looked strangely European. After a quick online search, I realised that it was because... Continue Reading →

Farewell, Dalian

Before setting off to see all sorts of interesting things all over China, I stayed in Dalian for a weekend. Dalian's not a big tourist destination, but it can offer a nice lifestyle. It has random plant artwork (which I've since noticed is actually all over the place in China), nicely laid out streets, and... Continue Reading →


This turned into a longer post than it was originally intended to be. There's an extremely short TL;DR at the end with a summary table. On sports day, I had a rather interesting conversation with a colleague. I tried explaining that our campuses are very different in NZ - we don't have sports grounds. Students... Continue Reading →

Travelling update

Hello again! I'm sorry for being absent. Internet has been intermittent. I have so much to catch up on - I haven't been reading everyone's wonderful posts for a couple of weeks! I'm spending some time in Chengdu just chilling out, and look forward to scrolling through the reader soon!

A short update

The semester is over. I said goodbye to my students, handed in their grades and packed up and cleaned my apartment. I'm currently at a hotel in Dalian, but will go to Tianjin tomorrow. From there to Beijing on Wednesday, and (some of) the rest of China shortly afterwards! The updates will be a little... Continue Reading →

Transient – cherry blossoms

This prompt made me think of the cherry blossoms that were around campus in spring. They were gorgeous, but short-lived. These photos were taken a week apart, on the 27th of April and 6th of May. You'll notice the second photo is not of the tree, but of the ground beneath it. But that's where... Continue Reading →

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