Morning Alms Procession, Luang Prabang, Laos

Last week I spent a few fantastic days chilling out in the ever charming World Heritage town of Luang Prabang in Laos. Blessed with more than 30 temples this ancient royal capital nestled on the banks of the Mekong River retains an aura of days gone by through its sleepy streets and exotic mix of…

Looking across to the Forbidden City from the top of Jingshan Park

Beautiful Beijing – Views from Jingshan Park

While a winters day in Beijing can be kind of grim at times, there are occasions mid afternoon when the sky is blue, air is chilly and the light turns simply sublime – bathing stunning sites such as the ancient Forbidden City in gorgeous tones of rose gold. These images are the result of one…

Basha Village, Guizhou, China

Basha Village, Guizhou, China

The small village of Basha, tucked away in the mountains of south-east Guizhou, is a fantastic place to get a taste of ethnic Miao culture. With the main street through town straddling a mountain ridge the village flows down either side.  Many women continue to wear traditional clothing, with males carrying on the ancient practice…

Flower Hmong - Vietnam Ethnic Minorities

Vietnamese Ethnic Minorities

There is nothing I love more as a traveller than hanging out at markets.  Always a hive of activity they are a place where you will find real life – real people doing real things! Nowadays, people often talk about how the number of shots they take with a digital camera has increased substantially compared…

Traditional Lion Dance

Traditional Lion Dance in Guangzhou

I love all the excitement that comes with a lion dance.   Hearing that familiar pounding drum and the clashing of the cymbals is enough to get the adrenaline flowing. In Guangzhou recently I was lucky enough to come across a lion dance out the front of a temple and even luckier to get a front…

Cao Dai Service, Vietnam

Cao Dai Colour

Hailing from Southern Vietnam the Cai Dai religion is a feast of colourful kitsch.  Its saints include Sun Yat-sen, Victor Hugo and Vietnamese Poet, Nguyen Binh Khiem, while its beliefs and teachings seem to be a bit of a mish-mash of Buddhism, Catholicism and Taoism – the vibrant robes of red, yellow and blue are…

Dragon Boat Festival in Xixi Wetland, Hangzhou

Happy Dragon Boat Festival

As I am unfortunately not in China for this year’s holiday I thought I should drag a selection of last year’s shots out of the archive. While often you see dragon boats racing up and down in straight lines, similar to a rowing regatta which is all very orderly and organised, the event I attended…

Young Flower Hmong minority girl near Bac Ha in northern Vietnam

Hmong Girl, Vietnam

This gorgeous little Flower Hmong girl from Northern Vietnam just has the most amazing and emotive facial expression in this shot! We were wandering about the area near Bac Ha one afternoon some 11 years ago, the golden light was bathing the countryside making for simply incredible views.   To add to the already very photogenic…