Tag Archives: China

125 Years of National Geographic

Two weeks ago, when exams, deadlines and dissertations were a mere afterthought, and my mind was still enjoying the post-Christmas lethargic lull, the family and I headed off to a Photography exhibition entitled “The Great Adventure”. It documents 125 years of National Geographic photography, so was basically an hour spent ogling at some of the […]

Shanghai: From Ho To CEO

So, because academic summer exchanges are clearly my passion, I have just come back from a stint on the Study China program, where I was based at East China Normal University in Shanghai. And I thought I had better write a post to tell you all about it, and enlighten you on what’s going down […]

Going Green

Macaroons are something I have always wanted to attempt to make, they are beautifully delicate and delicious. However they require quite a lot of baking apparatus, so whilst stuck in a student house in Exeter I was condemned to the “all the ideas but none of the gear” group. Therefore whilst being at home I […]

Natural China

“Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians.”               -Chinese Proverb As the saying goes a picture is worth a thousand words so this post is going to be picture focused. As my last one about China I thought I would get a few of my favourite photos […]

Chinese Hospitality

Whilst being a white girl in small town China has produced mixed responses (mainly just outright staring in the streets), for the majority of my stay Chinese hospitality has been amongst the best I have experienced worldwide. A particularly great example was this weekend during which I spent all my time in the company of […]


Commonly named “Paris of the East”, Shanghai is a buzzing metropolis located on the Pacific coast of China, and conveniently 40 minutes by fast train from where I am studying. This week was Qing Ming Festival, the Chinese equivalent of a bank holiday in which everyone traditionally takes time off to celebrate their ancestors by sweeping […]

Hangzhou by Night

So whilst the Chinese don’t join the Brits in the view that evening entertainment consists of a loud group of overly inebriated, suitably sloshed and embarrassingly rowdy young people attempting to dance in a sweaty night club to awful music, they do have their own ideas on what makes a good night. So whilst attempting to […]