So, all times come. This is officially my final full day in China. Tomorrow I will begin my long journey back to the UK. The main item on my itinerary today: Victoria Peak. One of the most infamous spots Hong Kong has to offer for obvious reasons – it’s the highest point of Hong Kong … More China, Hong Kong: Day 19
After a great night’s sleep (without the need to wake up really early), I checked-out of the hotel and made my way to the Prince of Wales Hospital. This was my primary reason for coming to Hong Kong, as I intended to meet with another colleague of my supervisor. Professor Roger Yat-Nork Chung of the … More China, Hong Kong: Day 18
Another day, another country. I’m starting to realise just how much of a whirlwind tour of China this really is. Today starts early again, 03:00, in order to finish packing and give myself enough time to check-out (as the check-in didn’t fill me with much hope) [and sure enough, it was a good anticipation]. I … More China, Hong Kong: Day 17
Today (Wednesday 20 July) I’m off to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Then to round off my time here in Beijing, I hope to finally taste the infamous Beijing kao ya (roast duck). Let’s see how well today goes… Especially as the forecast is worse than it was for yesterday!
Today is the day of my presentation to the China Population and Development Research Center (CPDRC). This is what brought me to Beijing in the first place. Yet the day couldn’t have started much worse. As I left my room I discovered it was pouring down. And with no umbrella or hooded-coat, I braved the … More China, Beijing: Day 15
The Great Wall. The time has come. I’ve always wanted to witness themighty Wall in person, and now I can. Being a non-Chinese speaker inevitably this was going to be a difficult journey to make, but I knew that. I had prepared by asking my Chinese friends to send me the locations and names of … More China, Beijing: Day 14
Realising Beijing is far less developed in many areas, something I hadn’t assumed was such an issue. Down one Hutong lies a man tending to his exotic pet birds; down another lies a woman cooking food with a small steel wok, people hanging their washing on overhead electrical wires, a man using an electrical saw … More China, Beijing: Day 13
I was assured by the student helpers that the language barrier would be less of an issue here. The fact that my first point of contact in Beijing was my driver, who spoke just a few words of English did not fill me with hope. The journey from the airport to my hostel took around … More China, Beijing: Day 12
Overnight stay in Wu Yi mountains. 3 ‘peaks’ in 2 days.
To be completed… Days 8 and 9 involve an overnight stay in Chenzhou, a similar coastal city to Xiamen but a 1.5 hour drive to the north. Chenzhou is renowned for being the cultural centre of Fujian province. By this, I mean that the city has a great history of multiculturalism. There are amalgamations of … More China: Day 8-9