The great Chinese city of Chengdu is just that; a city. Images that come to mind when imagining big Chinese cities range from perfectly symmetrical grey buildings, air thick with pollution to bustling bodies commuting to and from competitively tall office towers, and a distinct lack of nature; evidence of the Eastern cultural push for … Continue reading The Nature of Chengdu.
See my article on the InternChina blog here! This weekend, I took a trip to the Chengdu Creativity and Design Week event here in Chengdu, with my housemate/new friend Claire: receiver of silly rants about the complicated social politics of travel and teller of funny Chinese internship-relates stories. We spent an hour or so traveling … Continue reading Design Week Chengdu (Take 2)
Today me and my housemate Claire took a trip just out of the city to Century City, where we found the Creativity & Design Week event at the New International Convention and Exhibition Centre; a building bigger than I think I have ever seen, off the top of my head. We met a few really … Continue reading Chengdu Creativity & Design Week.
Zǎoshang hǎo 早上好 / Good morning! If you're anything like me, you may have thought of travel in the same way many Instagram bloggers want you to, in the orange haze of romanticised wild living; nicely composed, autumnal coloured hammocks and huskies. Don't travel because of this. No-one is forever content, and you won't be … Continue reading Identity & Solo Travel.
Forget Paris, Chengdu is the most romantic city in in the world. Like authentic romance, not tacky postcards and Facebook updates romance. The subways are always packed full of bustling commuters, it's impossible not to brush against other bodies, make eye contact, to wonder where the train is taking them, how their day has been. … Continue reading Chengdu is the Most Romantic City.
Everything is going wrong but somehow, three days since leaving the warm lull of Cardiff life, I have found myself in the departure area of Guangzhou airport surrounded by that same faint 'Chinese scent' and Asian characters decorating my peripheral vision. It feels odd to be back here and I will need to reconfigure my … Continue reading Arriving in Chengdu.