Summer 2018

四号,第一部分:Sichuan Specialties in and around Chengdu (pt. 1)

After our late night in Tongren station, Chengdu East station rolled in at around midday, bright and modern. The metro was busy but reasonable and we emerged at our stop into a subterranean shopping mall, which proved to be troublesome every time we had to pass through its labyrinthine depths. The bloody thing didn't seem to have a discernible end - you just had to find the right turning to duck down to find an exit stair. (more…)

By TJC, ago
Summer 2018

二号:Mountain Climbing in Zhangjiajie (Clickbait)

I was woken by the morning light, rather paler than expected - strongly reminiscent of that special time just around dawn in the early hours of the morning. Oh, wait... The second time I surfaced (significantly later) the carriage was much busier, and we rolled into Zhangjiajie (Jang—jee-ah—jee-eh) some time after nine. (more…)

By TJC, ago
Summer 2018

Three Idiots Are Now Abroad (China)

It turns out that travelling from Edinburgh to South China across two flights and twenty-four hours is a bit of an ask. Booking was the easy part; also easy was deciding that a 4:30am start was absolutely fine. "We can sleep on the plane," we said. Ha haa. My tone might betray an element of hindsight, since I'm writing this from our Guangzhou hostel room in the afternoon of our first day and we. Are. Shattered. (more…)

By TJC, ago