Monthly Archives: September 2010


Whilst living in China I have made a determined effort to read as much Chinese modern fiction as I can get my hands on. Obviously I am limited in that I have to find books which have been translated into … Continue reading

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Some time ago I was at a dinner with business colleagues of AMM. There were about 12 of us seated at a large round table with a huge glass ‘lazy susan’ in the centre, on which all the food was … Continue reading

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My favourite restaurant – Guoyao Xiaoju

Oh what a dilemma, I want to tell you about my favourite restaurant in Beijing, but on the other hand, I don’t want everybody to know about it. Selfish of me I know, but it is a very small restaurant … Continue reading

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Mooncakes by the million

Next week is the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is to say the second most important Chinese festival (Spring Festival aka Chinese New Year being the first). It always falls on the 15th night of the 8th lunar month in the Chinese … Continue reading

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798 Art Zone – Bauhaus in Beijing

Yesterday the weather was fabulous so AMM and I decided to spend the day at 798 which is the art district in north east Beijing.   It would be impossible to cover the whole area in a single visit, and so … Continue reading

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Filthy habits

One of the things I noticed when I first visited China many years ago, was people spitting in public. Over the years China has changed a great deal but although it doesn’t seem quite as prevalent as it was, people … Continue reading

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