CPD in the PRC

Continuing Professional Development in the People's Republic of ChinaInto month three of being at an international school, and it is evident that the focus is on quality teaching and learning, with staff actively encouraged to attend training events (wherever they may be) and engage in meaningful professional development to better support students. So, along with … Continue reading CPD in the PRC

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The Oil Painting Workshop

We've lived here nearly 3 months and this was somewhere we had planned to visit within the first couple of weeks. Anyway, stuff happens, but eventually we decided to head on over to the Dafen oil painting village and buy some pictures to cover our bland apartment walls. How to get to Dafen Dafen is … Continue reading The Oil Painting Workshop

Water, water, everywhere!

After the excitement and chaos of the Dongmen Road, a more sedate way to spend a weekend was in order. Following a Saturday spent watching dancing aunts and kites at Lizhi Park (see Paul’s blog from September- to get an idea of park life in the city) we decided to take a walk along the … Continue reading Water, water, everywhere!

The Dongmen Road

Dongmen road — an attack on the senses! Come up from the metro at Loajie (blue line  number 3) and be prepared to get visual, auditory, and olfactory overload. The Chinese way amongst the retailers in this fake goods paradise is to simply get your attention by being much louder than the competitors. Which means … Continue reading The Dongmen Road

This is High Speed Rail

The Guangzhou to Hong Kong high speed rail has been opened a couple of weeks now. I've used it a few times and on my last return journey I decided I'd photograph some key bits of info. What is High Speed Rail? For some time the Chinese and Kong Kong governments had been talking about … Continue reading This is High Speed Rail

Mid Autumn and Golden Week

It's holiday season in China and it all started last Monday, 24th September. With a full moon shining, everyone celebrated the Mid Autumn Festival. We headed to Hong Kong for the weekend and visited family and friends. I must add, traveling late Friday evening is much better as the border crossing was very quiet unlike … Continue reading Mid Autumn and Golden Week

The Big Chinese Cleanup

These guys really know how to clean up after a T10 typhoon. Winds of 173 kph and gusts of up to 223 kph were reported by the Hong Kong observatory, stronger than Hurricane Florence that hit North Carolina last week. We emerged from our shelter the day after the storm and snapped a few pictures of … Continue reading The Big Chinese Cleanup

Mangkhut – update

Firstly it looks like we avoided the full force of Super Typhoon Mangkhut. It's passed by Hong Kong around 100km south. The city has issued a force 10 hurricane signal and I can see why. We are currently experiencing some very severe weather with very heavy rain fall and large gusts of wind. Though, to … Continue reading Mangkhut – update

Mangkhut

You may or may not have seen the news about Typhoon Mangkhut sweeping across South Asia. Its just left a ton of devastation in the Philippines and is now heading over to the Pearl river delta region of China. This includes Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen. Quick weather fact. A typhoon differs from a cyclone or … Continue reading Mangkhut

The Calm amongst the Chaos

"In the midst of chaos there is opportunity" Sun Tzu. Way back when I was researching Shenzhen, one place kept popping up as a must to visit  Lianhaushan Park. It's a special green area set to the north of Futian district and best reached by metro line 4, stop Children's Palace exit F1. The name of … Continue reading The Calm amongst the Chaos