Summer 2018

十号:Shanghai, for the Fourth Time

I like Shanghai. It’s almost always slightly damp; in the Winter it reminds me of the UK (only warmer), and in the Summer there is occasional rain to take the edge off the heat. Failing that, there’s always A/C. It’s busy and it’s vast but there’s a metro station almost every other street corner, and any shop imaginable will be somewhere, if not where you expect. (more…)

By TJC, ago
Summer 2018

八号:A Fort-full Day in Jiayuguan

Jiayuguan glided into view with the abrupt bark of a particularly terse train attendant, and we scurried into the early morning. A taxi driver tried it on with us but at his prices I’d honestly rather have walked; after collecting train tickets we caught a bus in search of breakfast. (more…)

By TJC, ago
Summer 2018

七号:Into Tur(frying)pan, and Into the Fire

I once said that Turpan was akin to living inside a pizza oven, and my most recent visit has only served to strengthen this particular belief. The sweltering climate's only relief is its low humidity, but the urban legends about eggs boiling themselves on the ground don't come from nothing, that's all I'm saying. Worst for me is the fact that the Sun is a few hours behind the times (Beijing time, to be precise), so 2-5pm is actually the hottest period, when the Sun reaches its zenith. This means that it doesn't start to cool off until very late at night - something my confused body simply cannot cope with. (more…)

By TJC, ago