This week was a holiday here in China – the Qing Ming, or tomb-sweeping festival. This is one of the holidays of the changing seasons that mark the main ritual patterns of China (including the Spring festival or Chinese New Year). The night the holiday Fi stumbled on the name of a temple not … More The Culture of Family – Tomb Sweeping
Hello *waves*. I currently live and work as a teacher in Chongqing. On a recent bus ride from work, I mused on my feelings about my travels to and from work, compared to how I felt in the UK. When I think of my journey to work in the UK, the commute forms in my mind … More My commute from work – Chongqing
“Reaching the observation point, I stood alone, the updraft of the wind from the harbour below making my eyes water. The lights of the city glistened in the cold air. A lone vehicular ferry made its way towards Yau Ma Tei.” – Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong childhood, by Martin Booth The Peak Tram … More Hong Kong – our favourite bits
It began with the beginning. After getting off our flight (which was with a Hong Kong airline called Cathay Dragon who were great by the way) we bought our essential Octopus cards and headed to the bus terminal. And what did we see? Double decker buses! It was just like getting the bus into town … More Our sojourn in Hong Kong
There is a proverb about Shanghai which says, “Shanghai is heaven for the rich, hell for the poor“. I would say instead that China is heaven for those with no food allergies/intolerance, hell for those who do! For me that means no gluten. Shanghai, however, did manage to provide a range of gluten free options. … More Gluten free travels in Shanghai
Living in China can be a stressful experience. Responding to the demands of a foreign language, different ways of behaving, food, sights and sounds, making new friends and homesickness are all difficult. However one stress that can worsen, and even overshadow, all these others is the stresses of teaching. If you are going abroad to … More Teaching in China – watch out!
Before coming to live in China, I found few resources about living and travelling in China as a coeliac. I hope my experiences from the past year can help those who aspire to visit China but are petrified by the idea of being glutened whilst on holiday. The idea of eating at a restaurant in … More Gluten free travel in China