Visiting Tibet

by Leo Munby, Chinese:- Tibet is an oft-talked about but seldom-visited place, due in part to China’s controversial occupation of the region, but also its sheer remoteness. Located atop the Tibetan plateau and bordered on three sides by mountain ranges, it is one of the highest and most isolated areas on Earth. The Kunlun Mountains cut it off from the northern steppes, the west is blockaded by the Karakorum Range, the Himalayas rise up in the south to crest at Chomolungma (known in

Is Exorcism the Key to Thawing Sino-Japanese relations?

By Lauren Finch, Chinese and International Relations:- This was originally written in November 2014 after being inspired by both Leo Lewis’ article and the progressive Sino-Japanese meeting at the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing. Lauren spent the year studying at Peking University and is currently working towards a research project before her final year. The…

Hong Kong: A View from the Bathroom Floor

by Billy Beswick, Chinese –    We were supposed to go to the Tian Tan Buddha that morning. We were going to get up early and make our way to Lantau Island by ferry. A classmate from Hong Kong had told us that the views were spectacular, and that any vegetarian visiting the city would…

The Other Side to the Great Wall of China

by Serena Chang, Chinese –    Looking out over the dense natural green forestry, the rise and fall of the mountains with the tell-tale backbone of bricks following every pattern, it’s not difficult to see why The Great Wall of China has been listed by some as one of the seven wonders of the world.…

Happy Ever After

by Leo Munby, Chinese –    Delving Into the Woods of Chinese Musical Theatre   “I wish.” So goes both the first and final lyric of Stephen Sondheim’s 1987 musical, Into The Woods, and so went the voice inside my head as I sat down to watch it in Beijing’s PLA Theatre. “I wish I…