Anthony started travelling the world from a young age. China, with its beautiful landscapes, long and colourful history, and diverse cultures and people, has always been a country of particular fascination for him.
This interest intensified when he moved to Beijing to teach English. In the years that he lived there, he became fluent in speaking, reading and writing Mandarin, skills which opened up the whole country to him. He took advantage of his free time to climb some of the world's most picturesque mountains, visit many of China's cities, visit Buddhist and Daoist temples, and taste the best of China's regional gastronomic delicacies, all the while interacting with the friendly people he met along the way.
Since joining Audley, he has returned to China to explore the country further.
I'll never forget when…
I was visiting Mount Hua (Huashan), just half an hour on the bullet train from Xi'an. It’s a beautiful mountain, which in good visibility has outstanding views from the top. As the cable car reached the top, heavy clouds rolled in, cutting down visibility to just a few feet.
Feeling rather disappointed, I continued to hike up the mountain until I reached my basic accommodation on the eastern summit. As luck would have it, a few hours later the clouds began to disperse, transforming the landscape into mystic scenes of rock, pine and cloud. The following day, the wispy clouds thickened into a vast sea of low-lying cloud and the backdrop of distant peaks became visible. It was a photographers’ dream.