Shanghai for beginners

My knowledge of Shanghai was previously restricted to Kung Fu films showing a bunch of dudes whooping ass wearing leather jackets. In fact, ‘Shanghai’ could’ve easily been any Chinatown in the world, according to my cinematically restricted fantasy. So what’s it really like? For starters, big. Shanghai is home to 24 million people. The city is […]

Beijing for beginners

Previously when I thought about Beijing, what I imagined was a dystopian mega-opolis, heaving with dust mask-wearing cyclists. Proletariats laboured their way to factory jobs, breathing in smog and surviving on minimum wage What I discovered upon arrival was quite different. I saw landscaping. Miles and miles of manicured gardens, trellised roses separating busy lanes of traffic, and […]

Shanghai nights


By Kelly Thomas Shanghai is one of the world’s busiest cities with something to do around the clock. Whether you’re into partying, midnight snacking or cultural events, Shanghai has something for you. Here’s an insider’s tip: when planning a trip to the city, find Shanghai hotels that are near the attractions you would like to visit […]

Trivia Tuesday

China flag

China is so interesting. It is one of the oldest civilisations on earth and was originally ruled by imperial dynasties (see: Ming, Tang, Qing, etc). Marco Polo was the first person to call it China and also popularised the term ‘china’ for porcelain. It was Mao Zedong, of Little Red Book fame, who first called it The People’s […]

Travel Tales with a twist: Louise Southerden, Travel Writer, Editor and Photographer


It’s not every day that I get to profile one of Australia’s top travel journalists but today, my friends, is that day. I am very pleased to introduce you to Louise Southerden, ASTW Travel Writer of the Year in 2008 and 2009 and winner of Best Responsible Tourism Story in 2006, 2008 & 2009. She […]