Summer 2018

十一号:Sweat Central, Also Known as Nanjing

I don't like Nanjing. Never mind the fact that on both of my visits, dorm A/C has been either ineffectual or non-existent. Nanjing is a part of the world where good A/C is very important, or at least it is in the Summer. What in Shanghai is mostly-bearable musk becomes full-on sweat-drenching in the former capital (Beijing and Nanjing are two respectively Northern and Southern sides of the same coin, so to speak). (more…)

By TJC, ago
Summer 2018

六号:In Which a Karamay Boy Comes Home

The skyline sidled in much larger on the horizon than I remembered. My travelling-home-to-Karamay song, The Lion’s Roar, came on shuffle as we pulled in - fate? - and I noticed that the city really has expanded to (nearly) reach the distant station. I’d always had my doubts but it’s only a matter of a few blocks now. Our hotel was actually one of those new developments, albeit closer to Karamay proper. (more…)

By TJC, ago
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