355. Shanghai Skyline

View from the TV tower. January 2005.

350. Forbidden City

Forbidden city. Jan 2005.

52. Love Will Tear Us Apart

Some of you might recall back in 2002 when me and Lesley Pennert were rampaging abround Asia, a sudden split in our paths. Lesley jumped on that hard sleeper train and ended up freezing and broke in northern China and me, going on a pilgrimage in Tibet. When travel partners decide to go different directions, it does not mean they ...

51. spring flu

hi! you know when the spring arrives and you think it's so warm in the sun. and you take all your clothes off and just love the weather. and then the day after you have the worst cold ever. well, that happened to me. two days ago. it felt like summer (well it was above zero celsius) when we got ...

50. shang hai!

the shopping spree of beijing is over! hi shanghai! the business and fashion centre of china! but first, lets have a look at the last days in beijing: we finally made it to the 798 district in the north east part of the city. 798 is what shoreditch was 10 years ago. a big area that used to be full of ...

49. No, come on, give me good price, we’re friends right?

Shopping in China is, if you look at it historically, not the first thing you think of when you visit the country. But as the new economy is based on cunsumption in China, it is a pretty big thing. I got my first taste of it two years ago when I visited the soutwest and west when I found all ...

48. food, the chinese and snoaring

everytime i went to noodle king in london i thought, "why are they giving out so big portions all the time? this can't be good for you and it can't be chinese. in china everyone is thin and good looking." i was so wrong! after three days in beijing the smallest dish was like noodle king sized. the biggest, well ...

47. photos beijing

ok i took some photos today and developed them to a cd. 20 minutes and 35 yuan. the photos were taken before the blizzard:

44. third day in beijing

and we managed to leave the block! cross in the roof! cycling in beijing is usually the best way of moving around in the city, so today i decided to try it out. oscar bailed out and did cab style. born brat, always a brat. anyway, you can rent bikes from this hostel but of course not today, the bikes were ...

42. second day in beijing

and we still haven't left the block. this morning we started walking west and 400 m later we ended up in a market-department store kind of like skärholmens loppmarknad but with new stuff (all fake brands though). several hours later we came out with full bags and stomages. great place! canada goose jacket for 400 yan = 150 sek that ...

41. best of 2004

ok, due to the lovely temperature of -30 we stayed in one day/night at our hotel. but we had to do something, so we started making lists of everything that was best of 2004. here it is:

40. ni hao

ni hao all fellow friends of the world! we are now in beijing, the great city of the east! and yes it is great by all means! we arrived today after a very beautiful ride from irkutsk via ulan bator. last days in irkutsk was slightly warmer, just -20, which felt like a heat wave for us so everything went smoother. we ...