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Gareth Morris is a university language teacher. He is also a part-time doctoral student. Gareth first moved to China in 2005 and, after spending a couple of years back in the UK studying for his PGCE and Masters, has now returned to the city he calls home. During his time in China Gareth has travelled extensively. His travels have taken him from Beijing and Xian to Kunming and Haikou. He has also spent time in Hong Kong and Macao. In addition to this, Gareth has lived in a number of countries across Europe, North and Central America and Asia. Closer to home, Gareth has enjoyed visiting numerous localities within Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui. His Livingsu column will explore local places of interest found within walking distance of Metro line 1.


City Spotlight 1 – Swimming

Sep 2, 2015

With the weather still pleasantly warm, one of the challenges many new to the city can encounter is where to find a good pool to spend some downtime. If one is lucky ...


Weekend Away XX - Kunshan

Aug 5, 2015

I am sure that, like many residents of Suzhou, Kunshan is a familiar name, but a place never visited. I must have passed by or through Kunshan hundreds of times, but for ...


Weekend Away XIX: Hong Kong

Jul 6, 2015

I've been to Hong Kong a couple of times since I've lived in Suzhou and it's a city that has grown on me. I've known about the city since I was at school. Part of the ...


Weekend Away XVIII - Hainan

Jun 15, 2015

Hainan, like Yunnan, was a destination we decided to visit as part of a tour group. This trip preceded the Yunnan one, and was also the first one we undertook by this ...


Weekend Away XVII - Yunnan

Jun 11, 2015

A few years ago we decided to take a trip to Yunnan to visit some of the superb scenic spots for which the province is famous. We also decided to do so as part of a tour ...


Weekend Away XVI: Macau

May 18, 2015

Macau is one of those cities that have the very least two sides. It is also one of those cities that are easy to get to from Suzhou, and very comfortable to stay in, ...


Weekend Away XV - Huang Shan

Apr 13, 2015

Huang Shan, or the Yellow Mountains, is one of those magical mountain ranges that are famed in China. It used to take a good part of a day to get there by train but, ...


Weekend Away XIV – Jiu Zhai Gou

Mar 27, 2015

We had originally just planned to take in Chengdu and the surrounding locality, places such as Le Shan and Emei Shan, but I was also persuaded to consider Jiu Zhai Gou ...


Weekend Away XIII: Nanning

Mar 3, 2015

This was one of those trips which were really unplanned. We were visiting Guilin, had spent the day on the river and, wandering through the city that evening, saw a ...


Weekend Away XII – Qingdao

Jan 22, 2015

It's been a while since I last visited Qingdao. At that time I opted to travel up train rather than fly which, in hindsight, was fine but perhaps not the most economical ...


Weekend Away XI – Xi'an

Nov 28, 2014

Xi'an is one of those iconic places that, like Beijing, most travellers try to ensure they see when visiting China. It is culturally rich and for a weekend away a real ...


Weekend Away X: Guilin

Nov 3, 2014

Getting to and around Guilin is a different proposition from travelling to Xiamen for a weekend. True, both involve travelling on water for part of the time, assuming ...


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