Sunday's Inspiration: My Slow Boats Through China, Sadness Reflecting Those Memories

World Borders: Flying from Beijing to Pyongyang, North Korea

For the first time ever on my world borders series, I’m writing about a flight. Probably the reason for this is that it was a hotly anticipated trip for me, and one which quite frankly, I’m not sure why it took me so long to go on. But alas, finally I was booked on a Read more about World Borders: Flying from Beijing to Pyongyang, North Korea[…]

chefs at peking duck restaurant

Friday’s Featured Food: Peking Duck at QuanJude Restaurant, Beijing, China

While Beijing will never be my favourite city in China, it does hold a few saving graces. Tiananmen Square is a great place to relax, Beijing is the gateway to the Trans Siberian Railway and also for our recent trip to North Korea plus there’s Peking Duck!! On Friday’s Featured Food I was initially going Read more about Friday’s Featured Food: Peking Duck at QuanJude Restaurant, Beijing, China[…]

temporary 72 hour china visa

How to Get a 72 Hour China Visa at Beijing Airport

I’ve now been to China officially 18 times, and it was only recently on my 17th visit that I decided to travel without a visa in advance and check out the system for getting a visa on arrival. My first trip to China in 2007 was to Beijing and I had my visa in advance. Read more about How to Get a 72 Hour China Visa at Beijing Airport[…]

Millwall Neil and Jonny Blair partying in Seoul

Thirsty Thursdays: Korean Barbecue and 3 Country Day Long Pub Crawl

First night in South Korea was going to be special no matter what. I was reunited with Millwall Neil and ready to enjoy another adventure, in yet another new country…turned into a three country long all day pub crawl, in fact I’m pretty sure I fell asleep in the last pub. You’d have to ask Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Korean Barbecue and 3 Country Day Long Pub Crawl[…]

Lama Temple, Beijing…em Buddhism (July 2007)

With the Olympics in Beijing coming up this week, and with a lot of talk over whether this communist enclave has the necessary facilities and requirements to host such a tournament, I thought I could recollect on my visit to the Lama Temple and my exposure to Buddhism. I was there in July 2007, a Read more about Lama Temple, Beijing…em Buddhism (July 2007)[…]

Foreigner in Beijing, People’s Republic of China

All those days of living in Northern Ireland and trying “a chinky” (local slang for Chinese food and a tad derogatory if truth be told, I’m using it tongue in cheek here by the way) of a Friday night had given me some kind of inspiration to want to visit the world’s most populated (and polluted) Read more about Foreigner in Beijing, People’s Republic of China[…]

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