The Teahouse

Memories… is a random series of memories of my trips to Asia in the late 80s and early 90s. Chengdu, Summer of 1993 The cup is handleless, rather tall and slim, with a gorgeous blue glazed dragon curling around a pearl at the bottom. There’s now a small heap of tea leaves lying on the [...]

Under Yellow Tile Roofs

Memories… is a random series of memories of my trips to Asia in the late 80s and early 90s. It was the last day of a long summer of travelling through China. I had now been back in Beijing for a few days, buying souvenirs for the family, enjoying a couple more lazy bike rides [...]

Long Way To China

Before I start maybe a small historical note: Late in 1988 – while I was in the military service in Germany – I had read in a newspaper that it had become possible to book a passsage on the Trans-Siberian Railway as an individual traveller. I knew that I would have some time to waste [...]

Between Two Storms

In early June of 1989 I had made my way through China to Guangzhou in southern China near the mouth of the Pearl River and only a day’s worth of travel from Hong Kong. The weather was humid and hot and it rained daily, a first glimpse of the tropical summer heat that descends on [...]

Memories: Long Distance Buses

Memories… is a random series of memories of my trips to Asia in the late 80s and early 90s. Long-distance buses were probably my least favorite mode of transportation in China. It is safe to assume that if you saw me on a bus in the middle of nowhere, I was officially desperate to get [...]

Talking About A Revolution

On my first backpacking trip to China I witnessed what can only be called a revolution – although an unsuccessful one – and it is certainly among the moments of my life that will forever stay with me. I had only very little information about the situation in China before I went on my trip [...]

Memories: Ocean Liners

Memories… is a random series of memories of my trips to Asia in the late 80s and early 90s. One of the very unexpected features of backpacking around China in the late eighties and early nineties was how frequent I would end up booking a passage on an ocean liner. Just these words alone feel [...]

Memories: On The Yangtze

Memories… is a random series of memories of my trips to Asia in the late 80s and early 90s. In 1989, just weeks before the Chinese government breakdown on the Democracy movement, I bought passage on a Yangtze river boat from Shanghai to Chongqing – a distance of more than a thousand miles. For the [...]