Danang Dreaming

July 17, 2018

A symbol of Danang: the bright reds blues and yellows of a paragliding wing drifting slowly in the light breeze across the sparkling azure sea, past the eyes of spaced-out holiday makers from Singapore or Seoul relaxing on endless golden beaches,  beyond the white transcendence of the giant Buddha on the headland, its jaunty grace Continue Reading

Tales of the Taliu

December 1, 2017

Lijiang is home to eleven ethnic groups, including well-known peoples such as the Naxi of Lijiang Old Town, and the matriarchal Mosuo of Lugu Lake, but in the course of researching our new book we also encountered several more obscure communities. One of the most intriguing was the Taliu, a minority branch of the Yi Continue Reading

Lijiang Guidebook

April 11, 2017

We’re delighted to announce our new Lijiang destination guide which will come out in December. A mountainous wonderland wedged between Tibet and Southeast Asia, the ancient Naxi Kingdom of Lijiang in China’s Yunnan province is home to 24 diverse ethnic groups. While we were there we spent much time learning about the Naxi and Mosuo Continue Reading

In Search of an Ancient Capital

March 28, 2017

First look at the cover of our forthcoming destination guide, Luoyang: In Search of an Ancient Capital, which is out in May. I don’t think I’ve felt this excited about a new book for a long time. Luoyang’s always been a kind of ‘forgotten capital’, overshadowed in the ancient capital stakes by Xian (Chang’an). A lowly Continue Reading

Mysteries of Erlitou

February 10, 2017

The archaeological site at Erlitou in Yanshi County of Luoyang has been linked with the semi-mythical Xia dynasty’s (ca. BCE2100-BCE1600) last capital, Zhenxun. While in Luoyang we learned that the local authorities are planning to open a major new museum at the Erlitou, devoted to the Xia. The museum will not open for several years Continue Reading

Reflections on Luoyang

February 7, 2017

Our author team – Danny, Pete, Chit and me-  are just back from field research in Luoyang for a new book. It was a very interesting experience and we got to see a a few sites that won’t be accessible to the public for years if ever. I will be be posting in more detail Continue Reading

A World of Ancient China Villages, Towns and Cities

August 2, 2016

Hidden away among high-rise apartment towers and busy highways, the past lives on in China’s ancient villages, towns and cities…which reflect China’s different regions,cultures and ethnicities. The development of high-speed rail has made it possible for tourists to explore this once mysteriouis China in a relatively short period of time. Ancient China Villages and Ancient China Continue Reading