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Markus is from the Isle of Wight in the UK and had been living in Suzhou since 2013. It is his first time living in China and before this he was in London. He has been teaching English all of his adult life and in HE since 2000. He is lucky to have his wife with him in Suzhou and together they are making a new life. His interests include eating out (a lot) and exploring local areas on his ebike. And recently, walking a doggie.


Students' Secret Suzhou

Mar 13, 2017

One of the nicest things I get to do is the occasional class at a high school here in SIP. I was telling the Year 10 students about this column and asked where I should ...


Curry and Lights

Nov 11, 2016

Take a trip to Xietang Laojie, known as the 'new old district' in English and you will have a feast for the eyes and the stomach all at once. Xietang Laojie is situated ...


Our Man Friday

Oct 18, 2016

Everyone who lives overseas, whatever their linguistic skills, comes unstuck at some point. There are just some things which require a dexterity of expression or a ...


All you can eat and eat and eat…

Oct 18, 2016

For this column I am going to recommend a jolly good feed for the times when you just want to go home stuffed and a bit tipsy. One of the great pleasures of living in ...


The Best That We Know Of

Jun 21, 2016

This is the review that I have been planning and been putting off since I started writing on this website. Why? Well, this restaurant feels a lot like home to us, and ...


Go Local: Bargain Buffet

May 23, 2016

This week we are taking a turn away from the high end international restaurants and hotels that are usually described on this website and are going to a place that we ...


Learning Chinese in Suzhou

May 3, 2016

This month we turn to coming to Suzhou and learning some of the Chinese language. It is true that one can quite easily be in Suzhou without learning any Chinese at all, ...


Hot Pot Hot Spot

Apr 5, 2016

Today we will visit one of the most popular Chinese dishes: hot pot. There are seemingly 100s of hot pot restaurants in Suzhou and it is difficult o decide which to ...


A Suzhou Staycation with Class

Mar 1, 2016

For no reason other than self-indulgence, we fancied a weekend away without the added burden of train or plane tickets. Hence, a quick staycation. There are a number of ...


Buying a new mobile phone in Suzhou

Dec 29, 2015

Well it's Christmas and New Year again and lots of us have some gift cash burning holes in our pockets. Probably the most popular thing to renew at this time of year is ...


Beijing Kao Ya Yay!

Nov 30, 2015

This time I turn to a dish that most of us felt that we knew well before we got here and then come to quickly realize that we don't know the half of: Peking duck, or ...


Movie Nights

Nov 2, 2015

With autumn just over the horizon, it is a good time to think about what to do when the evenings start to draw in. One of the most popular pastimes that has experienced ...


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