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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.


Weekend Away IX – Xiamen

Oct 30, 2014

My first impression driving into downtown Xiamen was a positive one. It was winter in Suzhou which meant cold, wet and fairly overcast days, so not too dissimilar to the ...


Weekend Away VIII – Chengdu

Sep 2, 2014

A while ago my fellow columnist Doug wrote about taking the boat to Chongqing. An alternative, both for speed and location, is simply to fly to Chengdu. Chengdu is a ...


Weekend Away VII: Dalian

Aug 11, 2014

Like many cities in China Dalian is an evolving city. It has a pleasant mix of new and old, and also its own unique traits. When I last visited the city with my family ...


Weekend Away VI – Beijing

Aug 4, 2014

As with Shanghai, writing about where to go and what to do in a weekend in Beijing is a tough task. This is because there are quite simply so many places worth exploring ...


Weekend Away V – Yancheng

Jun 16, 2014

It's been a while since I last visited Yancheng, but my memories of the trip I took there are of fun and genuine interest. I travelled up on the inter-city bus with a ...


Weekend Away IV: Changzhou

Jun 16, 2014

It wasn't so long ago that the thought of travelling as far as Changzhou would have potentially put me off actually going, given how train journeys were relatively slow ...


Weekend Away III – Huai'an

Jun 11, 2014

I've lived in Suzhou for close to a decade now, and until this year, when a work trip necessitated I visit Huai'an, I have to admit I had rarely heard of the city. In a ...


Weekend Away II – Shanghai

Jun 4, 2014

Considering how extensive literature about the city is and how quickly places evolve, I'm somewhat reluctant to write about Shanghai but, recognising that many readers ...


Weekend Away I: Liyang

Apr 28, 2014

Located about two hours travel time north of Suzhou, Liyang is an interesting satellite city of Changzhou that offers a full weekend itinerary to would be visitors. ...


Off The Tracks 4: Li Gong Di

Sep 26, 2013

Li Gong Di is an entertainment and dining district located on the south western shores of Jin Ji Hu. Developed in phases, the oldest of the sites one might wish to ...


Off The Tracks 3: The Higher Education Town

Sep 3, 2013

Situated to the east of Du Shu Hu, and to the south east of Jin Ji Hu, the Higher Education Town is a growing educational district that is home to a number of nationally ...


Off The Tracks 2: Tiger Hill

Aug 7, 2013

Tiger Hill is a sprawling heritage complex that is found in the north west of the city. Not yet accessible by subway, and a fair bus ride away from most locations ...


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