Chris's passion for China stems from his first introduction to the country in 1996, his first trip out of Europe. Since then he has returned several times to different regions of China, and is always amazed by the speed at which the country is changing. He studied for a year in Taiwan and remains captivated by this understated island. After graduating in Chinese he put his travel experience and knowledge of Asia to good use by joining Audley Travel. While at Audley Chris has also had the opportunity to explore the Silk Route, through Western China right across to Uzbekistan, and this breath-taking journey has proved to be a highlight of his Audley travel experiences. Chris is also well travelled in Russia, and is very familiar with the cities of Moscow and St Petersburg. Most recently, Chris visited Oman and found it to be a fascinating country, with warm and hospitable people and some fantastic resorts.
I'll never forget when…
The walk from Rongbuk to Everest Base Camp was tough at over 5000 metres and with a fierce wind in my face. The feeling of actually being at Base Camp though, and faced with the magnificent spectacle of Everest in front of me made the climb well worth it.
After a long and tiring day the Monastery Guesthouse was a lovely place to rest and chat to others with a tea in the evening and prepare for the following day's drive.