The Nature of Chengdu.

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.

Design Week Chengdu (Take 2)

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)

Ivory Trade in China #2

This is the second half of a 2-part series. Click here to read from the beginning! In March 2015, Prince William made a speech at an elephant sanctuary in China, urging Chinese president Xi Jinping to end ivory trade. There have also been many open letters from celebrities about the need for China to ban … Continue reading Ivory Trade in China #2

Ivory Trade in China.

Working at Swild I get some time each day to get on with some self-initiated work and do some research for the social media pages, to raise awareness of the state of certain species from Southwest China and create engaging content for our followers. Over the last three weeks I have learned about takins and … Continue reading Ivory Trade in China.

Lost at Baigongyan Reservoir

If there's one thing I'd recommend doing when taking a trip to a Chinese city, it is to take at least a day to explore the outskirts. The beginnings of the countryside are where you'll find the communities unaffected (or less affected) by Western culture, where you can experience the more rural and arguably authentic … Continue reading Lost at Baigongyan Reservoir

Chengdu Creativity & Design Week.

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.

Identity & Solo Travel.

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.