March 7, 2020

The view from the 9thfloor – locked down in Hangzhou 2020.

About six months after arriving in Hangzhou during a tornado we were looking forward to spending our first spring festival here. After spending 7 years in Nanjing we were ready for the new and exciting experienc...

February 22, 2020

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Surviving in the time of the Covid-19 virus – sweating the small stuff

Date Line Hangzhou, China - February 22nd 2020. (edited and title change)  March 14th Hangzhou, China

I have been indoors since the...

November 15, 2019

“When sleeping women awake, mountains will move.”

Chinese Proverb.

 “Women think bigger” is one theme Daniela Sena, one of Hangzhou’s top 10 female entrepreneurs, proposes over coffee on a gloomy November day at the Kerry Centre. Recently nominated for the accolade by Al...

October 25, 2019

Just five days before the showdown match between France and Wales in the first quarter-final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup I meet the French Captain of the Hangzhou Harlequins Women’s Rugby Team Lucie Toulancoat.  Over a civilised coffee outside the Café Box close to whe...

October 6, 2019

I've created a YouTube Channel - well just re-jigging an old one into Visions of China - its does have lots of old stuff - tips of my Chinese High School experience but now you can see some longer videos of my experience in Hangzhou - heaven on earth as Marco Polo coin...

October 5, 2019

Article for the Hangzhoufree Newspaper

Fascinating Hangzhou

The West Lake looks like the fair lady at her best

Whether she is richly adorned or plainly dressed. 

“The West Lake, the Beauty" Su Shi (1073)

There's an old Chinese saying that goes "shang you tian tang, xia you...

September 9, 2019

This is an interview I wrote for a new expat paper here in Hangzhou,China. (Hangzhoufeel) 

 The author pretending to eat the moon cake

Be in harmony, yet be different.
Confucius

Around 1999 a young Dane named John F. Christensen was in China and felt peckish––he fancied a...

August 30, 2019

24-Hours without a phone in Hangzhou… and counting.

Stepping out of a DiDi taxi in Hangzhou, China without your phone is, in my imagination, on a par with stepping out of an airplane without a parachute.  For the skydiver the pack on his back is his lifeline it keeps hi...

August 27, 2019

I’m English so afternoon tea always has to be on the cards when one is searching for a way to get into the wife’s good books, especially when the wedding anniversary is looming. What better way can there be to impress the wife than lounging in the lobby of a smart hote...

August 22, 2019

I was recently contacted by an editor of Hangzhoufeel an English language newspaper here in Hangzhou - my new abode. We moved from Nanjing just over one week ago. The article is entitled "I moved to Hangzhou on the typhoon day."   I'm even getting paid for it, which is...

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