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Oslo to Beijing: memories of arriving in 1980s China

Cecilie Gamst Berg remembers the rock-star reception she got everywhere she went after arriving from Norway knowing no Chinese

25 Jun 2016 - 6:56PM
Oslo to Beijing: memories of arriving in 1980s China

Cecilie Gamst Berg remembers the rock-star reception she got everywhere she went after arriving from Norway knowing no Chinese

Guangzhou's Oi Kwan Hotel: a slightly mouldy golden oldie

The best place to stay in Guangzhou (or Gong Jau, as it's really called) is the Oi Kwan Hotel - especially if you don't mind mould, a smell and wall colouring courtesy of a million cigarettes and carpets that do not invite close inspection.

11 Jun 2016 - 11:09PM
Guangzhou's Oi Kwan Hotel: a slightly mouldy golden oldie

The best place to stay in Guangzhou (or Gong Jau, as it's really called) is the Oi Kwan Hotel - especially if you don't mind mould, a smell and wall colouring courtesy of a million cigarettes and carpets that do not invite close inspection.

As a tourist in China, should you acknowledge your own kind?

After an epiphany in Lhasa, Cecilie Gamst Berg went from studiously avoiding 'the only other white in the village' to accepting the nods of fellow 'laowai' and even nodding first

28 May 2016 - 10:32PM
As a tourist in China, should you acknowledge your own kind?

After an epiphany in Lhasa, Cecilie Gamst Berg went from studiously avoiding 'the only other white in the village' to accepting the nods of fellow 'laowai' and even nodding first

How China has mastered customer service (except in high-end hotels)

Hongkonger Cecilie Gamst Berg remembers when all you heard in China was 'mei you' - meaning 'sold out' or 'there isn't any' - and can't get used to today's customer service ethos

14 May 2016 - 10:55PM
How China has mastered customer service (except in high-end hotels)

Hongkonger Cecilie Gamst Berg remembers when all you heard in China was 'mei you' - meaning 'sold out' or 'there isn't any' - and can't get used to today's customer service ethos

Lantau to benefit from 'critical mass' development? Seriously?

If people want to live in a high-rise, they can go to Tuen Mun or Sha Tin and leave Lantau in peace, writes Cecilie Gamst Berg

30 Apr 2016 - 10:04PM
Lantau to benefit from 'critical mass' development? Seriously?

If people want to live in a high-rise, they can go to Tuen Mun or Sha Tin and leave Lantau in peace, writes Cecilie Gamst Berg

Why it's a miracle any Long Marchers made it out of Hunan

Flu-ravaged Cecilie Gamst Berg, who can't even manage one day of trekking in the mountains of Zhangjiajie, thinks it a wonder even 10 per cent of the Long Marchers survived the province's chills

16 Apr 2016 - 10:47PM
Why it's a miracle any Long Marchers made it out of Hunan

Flu-ravaged Cecilie Gamst Berg, who can't even manage one day of trekking in the mountains of Zhangjiajie, thinks it a wonder even 10 per cent of the Long Marchers survived the province's chills

China has high-speed trains, but try getting a ticket for one

You can book online but you have to queue just as long as ever, or longer, to collect your tickets, and when you get somewhere the station is now two hours' drive from the place it serves, moans Cecilie Gamst Berg

2 Apr 2016 - 11:07PM
China has high-speed trains, but try getting a ticket for one

You can book online but you have to queue just as long as ever, or longer, to collect your tickets, and when you get somewhere the station is now two hours' drive from the place it serves, moans Cecilie Gamst Berg

Cantonese-speaking foreigners still a novelty in Hong Kong

People would gather around and gawp as if she was a rock star when Cecilie Gamst Berg first arrived in China. Today, in Hong Kong, they still gawp when they hear her speak Cantonese

19 Mar 2016 - 10:33PM
Cantonese-speaking foreigners still a novelty in Hong Kong

People would gather around and gawp as if she was a rock star when Cecilie Gamst Berg first arrived in China. Today, in Hong Kong, they still gawp when they hear her speak Cantonese

Zhaoqing, a casualty on China's highway to modernity
Going with the wind: a road trip to Scarlett and Rhett's old stomping ground

Released in 1939, American civil war epic Gone with the Wind remains Hollywood's most profitable motion picture. Ahead of the 88th Academy Awards this weekend, Cecilie Gamst Berg - who prefers the book to the film - takes a road trip to Rhett and Scarlett's old stomping ground.

27 Feb 2016 - 10:40PM
Going with the wind: a road trip to Scarlett and Rhett's old stomping ground

Released in 1939, American civil war epic Gone with the Wind remains Hollywood's most profitable motion picture. Ahead of the 88th Academy Awards this weekend, Cecilie Gamst Berg - who prefers the book to the film - takes a road trip to Rhett and Scarlett's old stomping ground.

Coming clean on China's toilet revolution
Sick in icy Yunnan? Try a pint of whisky
Too cold for beer: why a Nordic exile in China warms to winter

Cecilie Gamst Berg knew what to do when she was sweating in Hong Kong on Christmas Eve - head to China, where walls are flimsy, restaurants open-fronted, and the only heat is from the cup in your hand

16 Jan 2016 - 9:03PM
Too cold for beer: why a Nordic exile in China warms to winter

Cecilie Gamst Berg knew what to do when she was sweating in Hong Kong on Christmas Eve - head to China, where walls are flimsy, restaurants open-fronted, and the only heat is from the cup in your hand

Why I'd rather be called 'laowai' (old outsider) than 'gweipo' (devil hag)

Cecilie Gamst Berg finds the slang they use in China for foreigners more endearing than the Hong Kong version - but takes exception to being called 'laowai' in a restaurant near her home in the city

2 Jan 2016 - 10:31PM
Why I'd rather be called 'laowai' (old outsider) than 'gweipo' (devil hag)

Cecilie Gamst Berg finds the slang they use in China for foreigners more endearing than the Hong Kong version - but takes exception to being called 'laowai' in a restaurant near her home in the city

Where to bulk-buy Sichuan chilli peppers in Shenzhen

Cecilie Gamst Berg goes after some retail therapy in the border city and makes an unexpected find.

12 Dec 2015 - 11:14PM
Where to bulk-buy Sichuan chilli peppers in Shenzhen

Cecilie Gamst Berg goes after some retail therapy in the border city and makes an unexpected find.

Road trip: the Bourbon Trail, Kentucky, takes in the movers and Shakers of whiskey country

A road trip along the Bourbon Trail gives Cecilie Gamst Berg an education in Kentucky's movers and Shakers and a welcome taste of one of the American state's greatest exports.

5 Dec 2015 - 10:44PM
Road trip: the Bourbon Trail, Kentucky, takes in the movers and Shakers of whiskey country

A road trip along the Bourbon Trail gives Cecilie Gamst Berg an education in Kentucky's movers and Shakers and a welcome taste of one of the American state's greatest exports.

The irony of China's vile bear-bile trade: it does more harm than good

Defenders of extracting bear bile say it is good for people, but, cruelty aside, the infections the animals suffer and the unhygienic extraction process means the bile is mixed with all sorts of bacteria that can make you ill, writes Cecilie Gamst Berg

28 Nov 2015 - 11:06PM
The irony of China's vile bear-bile trade: it does more harm than good

Defenders of extracting bear bile say it is good for people, but, cruelty aside, the infections the animals suffer and the unhygienic extraction process means the bile is mixed with all sorts of bacteria that can make you ill, writes Cecilie Gamst Berg

Raising a toast to the Bloody Mary at the St Regis Shenzhen
Guangzhou to Lanzhou: how plans for a perfect train journey got derailed
Craving Cantonese in America: 'Say something, anything, please!'

Cecilie Gamst Berg can't bear a fortnight without speaking the language or eating the food.

17 Oct 2015 - 10:31PM
Craving Cantonese in America: 'Say something, anything, please!'

Cecilie Gamst Berg can't bear a fortnight without speaking the language or eating the food.

Shenzhen's Window of the World offers landmarks, dinosaurs and time to ponder
The most beautiful place in China: Jiayuguan Fort, in Gansu province
Karaoke for the price of a cup of tea in Taishan
Bored to death at Guangzhou's Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King

Cecilie Gamst Berg rates visiting this institution the biggest sacrifice of her life.

8 Aug 2015 - 10:38PM
Bored to death at Guangzhou's Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King

Cecilie Gamst Berg rates visiting this institution the biggest sacrifice of her life.

A friend's wake recalls a curious cruise along the Yangtze

Cecilie Gamst Berg remembers her first China travel companion, whose allergy to chillis and preference for Western food was often a source of culinary consternation.

25 Jul 2015 - 10:59PM
A friend's wake recalls a curious cruise along the Yangtze

Cecilie Gamst Berg remembers her first China travel companion, whose allergy to chillis and preference for Western food was often a source of culinary consternation.

Memories of a bicycling blonde in car-free Beijing, circa 1988

Cecilie Gamst Berg remembers the thrill of thundering past the Forbidden City on two wheels, and then getting lost on the way back to her hotel.

11 Jul 2015 - 6:05PM
Memories of a bicycling blonde in car-free Beijing, circa 1988

Cecilie Gamst Berg remembers the thrill of thundering past the Forbidden City on two wheels, and then getting lost on the way back to her hotel.

Are all things Chinese only for the Chinese?
Closure of Chinese airspace reverberates in Helsinki
Why I wish I wasn't single and alone in Xinjiang in summer 2009
Getting a physical in Bangkok: a health check-up that's worth every baht

Physician-phobe Cecilie Gamst Berg casts her fears aside and books in for a "super-intrusive" check-up at Bangkok's Bumrungrad International Hospital.

25 May 2015 - 3:21PM
Getting a physical in Bangkok: a health check-up that's worth every baht

Physician-phobe Cecilie Gamst Berg casts her fears aside and books in for a "super-intrusive" check-up at Bangkok's Bumrungrad International Hospital.

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