Archive for the Travel Writing Tag


The Magical City of Suzhou, China

The high-speed train from Shanghai to Suzhou covers about 100 kilometres in 30 minutes and costs around five dollars. It’s a smooth commute, whose efficiency presents an interesting contrast to the long lineups and tight security in both the Shanghai subway and train station, where foreigners have to show their passports to numerous serious-looking officials: the Chinese government certainly puts
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Best of Hong Kong Art Week: 2019

When Chinese-Canadian, Markham-based installation artist Xiaojing Yan, who is also the tenant at the subsidized studio I created for her in my family’s office building, casually asked if I wanted to go with her to Art Basel Hong Kong, the China offshoot of the glamorous contemporary art fair that takes place annually in Basel Switzerland and in Miami, naturally my
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