Browsing All posts tagged under »China«

Beijing: End of Days

September 2, 2011


The metro and train journey from Shanghai to Beijing was wonderfully smooth, and it was a joy to find that the express train between the two cities was possibly the nicest I have been on, Eurostar included. It travelled at over 300km/hour, and we made it to China’s capital within five hours. I checked into […]

Shanghai: European Opulence

August 28, 2011


I arrived into Shanghai and faced a familiar problem, that of being unable to locate the hostel that I had booked online. It was unclear whether this was due to my own stupidity, an incorrect address on the website or the fact that said hostel no longer existed, but nevertheless it was a frustrating way […]

Change of tack: I’m now a travel blogger

March 31, 2011


From insolvency practitioner to travel blogger in one easy step (and a couple of long haul flights). My self-imposed exile as office worker and part-time political commentator is over. This coming Monday, I shall be swallowing a Valium or two and flying to the other side of the world for a 5.5-month adventure. My occasional […]

What goes around comes around for Google

January 13, 2010


It seems that even corporations like Google cannot escape the prying eyes of the Chinese government. The company has reacted with horror to its discovery that the accounts of Chinese human rights activists were being targeted by malware. Indeed, Google is so angry that it has suggested that it will no longer confirm to censors […]

Obama, China and the Internet

November 22, 2009


It will be a long time before the people of China have democracy, but how long will it be before they can gain uncensored access to at least a small bit of it, the internet. Some form of dissent on the internet does take place, but nowhere near enough. And it is good news to […]