I’ve had a passion for travel and the environment from a young age, and my journeys across the globe have taken me to a variety of highly impressive locations. Along the way, I’ve lived in Australia, worked for the United Nations in Switzerland, and backpacked through Latin America, Europe and Asia.
I lived in China for five years, and spent my time researching and monitoring the effects of chemical water pollution in the Pearl River Delta as part of my master’s degree, as well as undertaking positions as a biology and environmental science teacher.
Through my research and teaching, I gained a deeper understanding of the country by experiencing its many cultures and looking at how it is developing its future by holding on to its traditions. It’s a complex but fascinating place and I’m delighted to be able to use my experiences there to help others explore the country themselves.
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One of the most inspiring and remarkable experiences I had was in northwest Yunnan while visiting the local Baisha village. Known for its ethnic Naxi community, this UNESCO-protected village and former capital of the Naxi people is renowned for producing the finest silk embroidery in Asia. Wandering around its ancient streets and learning about local customs, folk traditions and culture was fascinating but the highlight was seeing people at work on the exquisite embroidery which was historically provided to the emperors and made Baisha a key location on the ancient Silk Road.