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A holiday of a lifetime

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I am now back from the holiday of a lifetime. Over the next few days I’ll be sharing lots of photos and thoughts about my time in China. For now though, I’ll just say that I have had my eyes well and truly opened. China was vibrant, loud, hot, beautiful, contradictory and a little bit mad and I’ve fallen in love with it.

I’ll leave you with some Chinese roof guardians for now. ┬áThese little figures, found on the roofs of imperial buildings, really appealed to me. I’ve never seen anything exactly like them before, but they felt a little familiar, like the gargoyles on Fountains Abbey and York Minster. I’m not sure the gargoyles had such an altruistic purpose though – we were told the guardians look after people’s homes, preventing fire and flood. May they do the same for you. More soon…

Roof Guardians at the Summer Palace, Beijing

Roof Guardians at the Summer Palace, Beijing