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Hangzhou

Sunday was my last full day and I got up super early to catch the metro to Hongqiao on the other side of the city. A bit of a forward planning fail meant I only looked up where the train left from at 10pm on the night before. Anyway after an hour’s uneventful train ride […]

Shanghai Briefly

For the Easter weekend I left Suzhou and returned to Shanghai. In the morning before I took the train I intended to visit Tiger Hill. But the walk there proved somewhat longer than I had anticipated, and when I reached it, it was already time to go back. Sadly it will have to wait for […]

Tongli

On Good Friday I was done with work but instead of going home like everyone else I stayed in China for a few more days. There’s loads of day trip opportunities around Suzhou, including one of China’s largest lakes, but that will have to wait for another time because I instead picked one of several […]

Nanjing

Sunday morning I’d mostly got over my jet lag so it was time to go on a proper adventure. Nanjing, about 140 miles along the Yangtze from Suzhou, was my day trip destination. However, when I got up the world was blanketed by a suspiciously unnatural looking yellow cloud. Hmm. Anyway it soon moved on […]

No Picking

Plants also have lives. Think about that next time you consider picking one, eh?! Speaking of flowers, while I was in China I saw cherry blossom trees almost everywhere: even outside the factory! Apparently this year is not as impressive as previous ones due to strong winds recently. Still looks great though.

Suzhou Again

I’m back in China again for work this week visiting a factory in Suzhou. After a slightly crazy Friday where I landed at 8:30am after an 11 hour flight and then did a whole day of work, I had the whole weekend off to go exploring. I’d done a little bit of sightseeing in Suzhou […]

High Wycombe to Henley

This week I made a return to familiar territory and went for a walk through the Chilterns from West Wycombe village to Henley. My public transport options are a bit different now so hopefully my routes will be more varied than when I lived in Maidenhead. That’s a positive way of saying I have to […]

Brentford

It’s the weekend again and time to go canalling. This week I decided to put my Birmingham ambitions on hold and walk the other way into London. The section from Uxbridge to Hanwell was a bit dull, but there were some interesting boats to look at. I took a detour to explore Southall which inexplicably […]

Grand Union Canal

It occurred to me recently that as I live on the Grand Union canal I ought to go exploring along it. One way leads to London, which is interesting enough, but the other leads to Birmingham, a place which I have only ever been to once before, and then only to the train station. It’s […]

Muddy

Last weekend was wet and muddy but I managed to go on a short walk from Chesham to High Wycombe. I wanted to get to Henley but progress was slow and boggy so I’ll leave that for another day. In High Wycombe I saw this interesting abandoned mill or factory building. I wanted to explore […]