When Trash Becomes Treasure | Second-Hand Luxury Goods See An Increase in Consumer Demand

When Trash Becomes Treasure | Second-Hand Luxury Goods See An Increase in Consumer Demand

While the fashion industry is forecasted to take its biggest financial hit in decades due to the pandemic, the resale industry is thriving. Continue reading When Trash Becomes Treasure | Second-Hand Luxury Goods See An Increase in Consumer Demand

Day 4 in Xi’an: the Giant Goose Pagoda, Da Ci’en Temple and Travelling by DiDi

Day 4 in Xi’an: the Giant Goose Pagoda, Da Ci’en Temple and Travelling by DiDi

Xi’an was once the ancient capital of China – and you can certainly feel it. No one stares at me – or even bothers with a double take. You can see layers and layers of history everywhere you turn. The city’s many historical monuments, ancient ruins and tombs give you the sense that many important events occurred here. After all, Xi’an was an ancient imperial capital and eastern departure point of the Silk Road. Continue reading Day 4 in Xi’an: the Giant Goose Pagoda, Da Ci’en Temple and Travelling by DiDi

Day 1 in Xi’an: the journey to the Muslim Quarter in China’s Ancient Capital

Day 1 in Xi’an: the journey to the Muslim Quarter in China’s Ancient Capital

I’m relatively familiar with history of the Uyghur Community in Xinjiang Province – since it’s covered in the news a fair bit – but I was largely unaware of the Hui People of Xi’an. But ignorance is nothing that a bit of light reading and personal experience can’t fix. The origin of the Hui People is believed to have started on the Silk Road as a result of the intermarriage between Muslim traders and Han Chinese.  Continue reading Day 1 in Xi’an: the journey to the Muslim Quarter in China’s Ancient Capital

Hangzhou Weekend: first impressions of Zhejiang Province and riding a DiDi

Hangzhou Weekend: first impressions of Zhejiang Province and riding a DiDi

Fast forward a year later, and I’m living in Zhejiang Province. I’d heard largely good things about it before I moved here. I’m not surprised. It is the ‘money province’. Unlike Shanghai and Beijing, it isn’t super crowded. Most of my Chinese friends said that it is one of the best places in China to live. Compared to other cities, the air quality here is supposed to good. (Ahem… Ahem…) It’s a great place for locals to live and is not one of those cities that’s littered with a whole load of expats. Oh and by the way – Ali Baba is headquartered in Hangzhou.   Continue reading Hangzhou Weekend: first impressions of Zhejiang Province and riding a DiDi

Day 1 in Beijing: first impressions, the Great Firewall and dumplings

Day 1 in Beijing: first impressions, the Great Firewall and dumplings

I’ve only been in Beijing a couple of hours, but so far, the whole experience has been a bit overwhelming. I can’t blame anyone but myself. I’m a seasoned traveller, I know – but I’m a terrible holiday planner. I’m the kind of person who likes to make things up as I go along; which means that I hadn’t made anything up before I got here. Silly me.  Continue reading Day 1 in Beijing: first impressions, the Great Firewall and dumplings