Tiananmen Square


We were body searched and our bags scanned and in the unblinking gaze of security men and CCTV cameras, we walked on to Tiananmen Square in the centre of Beijing. It’s 106 acres had no shade and the heat was intense.     The name comes from the Tiananmen – The Gate of Heavenly Peace in…

Beijing – Beaming Down & Settling In


I flew to Beijing with Etihad on an 18-day Ancient China Tour arranged by Wendy Wu. It was my first visit to China, first flight with Etihad and the first tour with Wendy Wu.     The Chinese visa application form is the most complicated such document I have ever encountered and an absurd amount…