Seven days in Tibet

Getting to Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash from Kathmandu requires a comprehensive equipment check, at least two days of arduous travel and a remote border crossing so we were expecting … Continue Reading →


Shenyang, North Eastern Capital of the Manchu dynasty.

One of the stipulations that I made for agreeing to join Elisabeth on a trip to the DPRK was the opportunity to see something of Manchuria, the old feudal region … Continue Reading →


Chinese Cookery Class

For our second day in Dandong Elisabeth and I gave a less than enthusiastic response to the suggestion that we might like to visit a power plant and instead pressed … Continue Reading →


Tiger Mountain, the Eastern terminus of the Great Wall

Today the four of us took a trip a few miles outside the city to Hushan (Tiger Mountain) where our climb up onto the restored Eastern end of the Great … Continue Reading →


Why would anyone want to go to the DPRK (North Korea)?

My report is now added below. The personal answer to that question has had to wait for a few weeks because, out of consideration for the safety of our tour … Continue Reading →


In Far Cathay

Tomorrow we set off for a “trip within a trip” to the not so frequently visited North East of China and so the last couple of days in Beijing have … Continue Reading →


Greetings from Beijing

After a quick turnaround in Worcestershire I set off for Heathrow airport yesterday at 04.00am. As the various travel checklists buzzed around my head like errant bees and I drove … Continue Reading →


Urumqi and the grasslands, last stop on the China tour of 2009

From Kashgar we flew back to Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang province and recent site of some much publicised ethnic unrest. The news photos that I have chosen show that the … Continue Reading →


The KKH, Eighth Wonder of the World (China 2009, Pakistan 2007)

When I had seen that we were visiting a lake out West somewhere near the end of our trip I must have got the Tien Shan Mountains mixed up with … Continue Reading →


Kashgar, the Centre of a Continent, 2009

This is the furthest place from the ocean on this or any continent, fabled mingling place at the heart of the ancient caravan routes and stopping place on quite a … Continue Reading →