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May 18, 2003 5:40pm The wheels of the Sydney-bound plane lifted off the Hong Kong tarmac and we ascended steeply into the sky, the lights of the metropolis below a Christmas tree jungle. A few moments later we hit rough … Continue reading

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SARS: the reality show

Apr 29, 2003 1:23pm Where was I? Oh yes, the dreaded Taklamakan Desert, the Sea of Death. After all the build-up, it was tamed rather easily in the end by the magic of modern engineering; an elevated highway which sped … Continue reading

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Disease, dessert, deserts and dunes

Apr 7, 2003 0:52am I hope you enjoyed my last email, because it meant a night out in the cold for me. As I mentioned, it took me several hours to sign into my account and read my mail, so … Continue reading

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strange

Mar 29, 2003 3:31pm I know who I am Less and less and yet I am Ever more certain

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a roomful of monks playing counterstrike

Mar 22, 2003 11:49pm Thanks for all the emails, I do appreciate them. Unfortunately, due to the vagaries of the internet in China, it’s taken me over 3 hours just to access my account and read them. So this will … Continue reading

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On Mount Hua (2)

Mar 19, 2003 1:35am I’m happy to say I made it to the top of Huashan in one piece. With a sign at the foot welcoming “brave climbers from home and abroad”, it promised to be an interesting climb, and … Continue reading

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On Mount Hua

Mar 14, 2003 11:42pm Ladder in the clouds Look: frosted pine, moss on rock Listen: the heart beats

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You say hello; I say zaijian

Mar 10, 2003 10:23pm Chris enjoys a meal for one in a corner of a restaurant, writing in his journal. Manager: (smiling nervously) Do you mind if I sit here with you? Chris: (minding, but friendly) Of course not. Please. … Continue reading

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The Garlic Dog Dinner, & Other Curly Chinese Tails

Sun Dec 1, 2002 11:14pm I’ve just finished a 2 month stint out at a private boarding school teaching primary students aged 5-15. As a previous email might have suggested, it was an interesting experience. In one of my first … Continue reading

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The Tao of Poo

Oct 4, 2002 8:47pm A month into Autumn and I already miss Summer. The new university march-ins completed their induction programme last week, having learnt to march (well, sort of), and are now ready to begin their uniformed assault on … Continue reading

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