Peter Neville-Hadley

Former China resident Peter Neville-Hadley is the author of multiple guides and reference works on China, and writes on Chinese culture and on cultural travel in general for assorted periodicals. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The Sunday Times (UK), and numerous other newspapers and magazines around the world.
Peter Neville-Hadley
Former China resident Peter Neville-Hadley is the author of multiple guides and reference works on China, and writes on Chinese culture and on cultural travel in general for assorted periodicals. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The Sunday Times (UK), and numerous other newspapers and magazines around the world.

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50 years after moon landing, walk in Neil Armstrong’s footsteps at Nasa’s lunar training ground in Arizona

Flagstaff, Arizona, boasts an otherworldly legacy that includes an earthbound Sea of Tranquility, blasted out of a cinder plain.

20 Jul 2019 - 2:29AM

Flagstaff, Arizona, boasts an otherworldly legacy that includes an earthbound Sea of Tranquility, blasted out of a cinder plain.

50 years after moon landing, walk in Neil Armstrong’s footsteps at Nasa’s lunar training ground in Arizona
The d’Arenberg Cube: Australian vineyard grows five-storey Rubik’s puzzle

A$16 million McLaren Vale landmark contains a wine-tasting room, restaurant and Alternative Realities Museum.

16 Jul 2019 - 9:03AM

A$16 million McLaren Vale landmark contains a wine-tasting room, restaurant and Alternative Realities Museum.

The d’Arenberg Cube: Australian vineyard grows five-storey Rubik’s puzzle
Vienna rediscovers its coffee culture mojo - it’s not just your average cup of joe

Viennese coffee houses are riding a ‘third wave’ with innovative newcomers joining the grand tourist hot spots. At revived community cafes, owners and locals are on cheek-kissing terms.

3 Jul 2019 - 7:38PM

Viennese coffee houses are riding a ‘third wave’ with innovative newcomers joining the grand tourist hot spots. At revived community cafes, owners and locals are on cheek-kissing terms.

Vienna rediscovers its coffee culture mojo - it’s not just your average cup of joe
Review | People who cannot forget: the Tiananmen crackdown and lives it ruined – survivors interviewed by poet Liao Yiwu

Poet Liao Yiwu’s searing account of what happened in Beijing on June 4, 1989, and its lasting impact, doggedly collected from witnesses, demands attention; he is unsparing in his criticism of decision-makers, and of ordinary Chinese for their passivity.

25 Jun 2019 - 12:55AM

Poet Liao Yiwu’s searing account of what happened in Beijing on June 4, 1989, and its lasting impact, doggedly collected from witnesses, demands attention; he is unsparing in his criticism of decision-makers, and of ordinary Chinese for their passivity.

People who cannot forget: the Tiananmen crackdown and lives it ruined – survivors interviewed by poet Liao Yiwu
Can you trust TripAdvisor and Yelp, or does ‘wisdom of crowds’ theory fail when applied to online review sites?

When it comes to user-contributed review sites, the time-tested theory of collective intelligence fails the grade.

22 Jun 2019 - 5:39PM

When it comes to user-contributed review sites, the time-tested theory of collective intelligence fails the grade.

Can you trust TripAdvisor and Yelp, or does ‘wisdom of crowds’ theory fail when applied to online review sites?
Review | Chinese passengers offer commentary and criticism in exchange for free taxi rides

In his book, Shanghai Free Taxi, NPR correspondent Frank Langfitt takes to the streets in a makeshift cab to get a taste of what people think of their homeland, and while it might be a novel approach, it motors down a familiar road.

6 Jun 2019 - 6:30PM

In his book, Shanghai Free Taxi, NPR correspondent Frank Langfitt takes to the streets in a makeshift cab to get a taste of what people think of their homeland, and while it might be a novel approach, it motors down a familiar road.

Chinese passengers offer commentary and criticism in exchange for free taxi rides
‘A subversive adult Disneyland’ – Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art will shock the senses

The controversial Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania, the brainchild of its equally controversial owner – professional gambler David Walsh – is a labyrinth of galleries with artworks that both shock and awe.  

11 May 2019 - 4:37PM

The controversial Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania, the brainchild of its equally controversial owner – professional gambler David Walsh – is a labyrinth of galleries with artworks that both shock and awe.  

‘A subversive adult Disneyland’ – Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art will shock the senses
Why collectors of Chinese art ‘should focus on contemporary works and calligraphy’

Expert collector offers tips to those who plan to invest in Chinese art

21 May 2019 - 4:18PM

Expert collector offers tips to those who plan to invest in Chinese art

Why collectors of Chinese art ‘should focus on contemporary works and calligraphy’
Why Westerners misinterpret modern Chinese art – and how perceptions can be changed

Art collector Uli Sigg says Chinese artworks are often misinterpreted by the West

21 May 2019 - 4:21PM

Art collector Uli Sigg says Chinese artworks are often misinterpreted by the West

Why Westerners misinterpret modern Chinese art – and how perceptions can be changed
Basel, Switzerland is all about the art – museums and fine Michelin fare excite the senses

The Swiss cultural capital is known around the world for its association with art, and the city’s many museums and galleries show that this reputation is well earned

28 Mar 2019 - 11:34AM

The Swiss cultural capital is known around the world for its association with art, and the city’s many museums and galleries show that this reputation is well earned

Basel, Switzerland is all about the art – museums and fine Michelin fare excite the senses
How tourism changed China: Lonely Planet’s first guide to country reveals extent of its evolution

Published 35 years ago, the book documents a nation barely recognisable today, and despite being littered with flaws and short on practical information, it gave backpackers in the newly opened country something to talk, debate and bitch about

12 Feb 2019 - 10:10AM

Published 35 years ago, the book documents a nation barely recognisable today, and despite being littered with flaws and short on practical information, it gave backpackers in the newly opened country something to talk, debate and bitch about

How tourism changed China: Lonely Planet’s first guide to country reveals extent of its evolution
Is Elon Musk crazy or saving the world? New Tesla book Insane Mode tries to explain

Insane Mode by ex-Tesla lead writer Hamish McKenzie is an easy, fast-paced read that makes some very large claims, but despite its author’s previous role, it offers no new scoops or scandals.

11 Dec 2018 - 7:23PM

Insane Mode by ex-Tesla lead writer Hamish McKenzie is an easy, fast-paced read that makes some very large claims, but despite its author’s previous role, it offers no new scoops or scandals.

Is Elon Musk crazy or saving the world? New Tesla book Insane Mode tries to explain
A hidden crime wave in China, caused by corruption and party policies, documented in ‘Crime and the Chinese Dream’ – review 

Fascinating and often startling essay collection covers everything from underfunded, corrupt hospitals and doctors who overcharge patients and risk injury and death, to villages dedicated to fraud and profit-making work prisons

18 Mar 2018 - 8:14PM

Fascinating and often startling essay collection covers everything from underfunded, corrupt hospitals and doctors who overcharge patients and risk injury and death, to villages dedicated to fraud and profit-making work prisons

A hidden crime wave in China, caused by corruption and party policies, documented in ‘Crime and the Chinese Dream’ – review 
A walking tour of the Izu Peninsula, an hour from Tokyo by bullet train, where tradition meets tranquillity

The picturesque area’s serene landscapes, quirky history and inviting inns make for ideal hiking country

12 Mar 2018 - 9:36PM

The picturesque area’s serene landscapes, quirky history and inviting inns make for ideal hiking country

A walking tour of the Izu Peninsula, an hour from Tokyo by bullet train, where tradition meets tranquillity
Aman Tokyo: a city-centre eyrie where bird’s-eye views offset austere interiors

The spacious rooms are a novelty in the Japanese capital, but guests may take time to warm to the oh-so-cool design

21 Feb 2018 - 2:49PM

The spacious rooms are a novelty in the Japanese capital, but guests may take time to warm to the oh-so-cool design

Aman Tokyo: a city-centre eyrie where bird’s-eye views offset austere interiors
How Chinese communists fell in love with Russians and revolution in 1920s Moscow

Elizabeth McGuire stumbled on little-seen Soviet archives that reveal how Chinese on study trips found social and sexual emancipation and show it was human relationships, not ideology, that shaped early communism in China

27 Jan 2018 - 9:47AM

Elizabeth McGuire stumbled on little-seen Soviet archives that reveal how Chinese on study trips found social and sexual emancipation and show it was human relationships, not ideology, that shaped early communism in China

How Chinese communists fell in love with Russians and revolution in 1920s Moscow
Why travel advice from a 19th-century polymath is still relevant today

Sir Francis Galton’ s The Art of Travel, perhaps the world’s first travel guide, is full of practical tips and advice, from how to start a fire to surviving on carrion and insects

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Sir Francis Galton’ s The Art of Travel, perhaps the world’s first travel guide, is full of practical tips and advice, from how to start a fire to surviving on carrion and insects

Why travel advice from a 19th-century polymath is still relevant today
Christmas Island – the next big thing in travel? Home to Chinese, Indians and Malays, it’s a fascinating mix of cultures

Teeming with wildlife and with its phosphate mining in decline, this remote speck in the Indian Ocean could become a holiday hot spot – as long as islanders keep the faith

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Teeming with wildlife and with its phosphate mining in decline, this remote speck in the Indian Ocean could become a holiday hot spot – as long as islanders keep the faith

Christmas Island – the next big thing in travel? Home to Chinese, Indians and Malays, it’s a fascinating mix of cultures
Why China’s record in honouring historical agreements smacks of cherry-picking

How could China dismiss the 1984 Joint Declaration as meaningless, yet days later cite an 1890 treaty signed with Britain in support of a territorial claim in the Himalayas? It’s all about convenience

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

How could China dismiss the 1984 Joint Declaration as meaningless, yet days later cite an 1890 treaty signed with Britain in support of a territorial claim in the Himalayas? It’s all about convenience

Why China’s record in honouring historical agreements smacks of cherry-picking
Switzerland by train: cutting-edge railways deliver glorious alpine vistas and history galore

With record-breaking tunnels and a network of bridges, these engineering marvels take cloudbusting peaks and deep alpine valleys in their stride.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

With record-breaking tunnels and a network of bridges, these engineering marvels take cloudbusting peaks and deep alpine valleys in their stride.

Switzerland by train: cutting-edge railways deliver glorious alpine vistas and history galore
Switzerland’s Restaurant in the Sky takes dining to a whole new level

A three-course meal is served aboard a cable-car gondola as it climbs up Mount Rigi over scenic Lake Lucerne

18 Oct 2017 - 1:27PM

A three-course meal is served aboard a cable-car gondola as it climbs up Mount Rigi over scenic Lake Lucerne

Switzerland’s Restaurant in the Sky takes dining to a whole new level
Australia’s Cocos Islands: too perfect to be true

The remote, isolated atoll, a four-hour flight from Perth, is home to the top-ranking Australian beach – so why is no one visiting it?

15 Jul 2017 - 9:00AM

The remote, isolated atoll, a four-hour flight from Perth, is home to the top-ranking Australian beach – so why is no one visiting it?

Australia’s Cocos Islands: too perfect to be true
Review | Book review: everything you need to know about the iPhone’s history, and quite a few things you don’t, in The One Device

Brian Merchant’s fast-paced, easily digestible read covers everything from office politics to software development and chemistry, delving deep into the iPhone’s origins and dismantling a few myths along the way

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Brian Merchant’s fast-paced, easily digestible read covers everything from office politics to software development and chemistry, delving deep into the iPhone’s origins and dismantling a few myths along the way

Book review: everything you need to know about the iPhone’s history, and quite a few things you don’t, in The One Device
Review | Who caused the opium war? British merchants of Canton, argues new book by Singapore academic

A faction of merchants known as the ‘Warlike party’, not colonialist British policy or Qing dynasty intransigence, cause conflict that forced emperor to cede Hong Kong and open doors wider to trade, Song-Chuan Chen writes

12 Jun 2017 - 9:28AM

A faction of merchants known as the ‘Warlike party’, not colonialist British policy or Qing dynasty intransigence, cause conflict that forced emperor to cede Hong Kong and open doors wider to trade, Song-Chuan Chen writes

Who caused the opium war? British merchants of Canton, argues new book by Singapore academic
China’s ‘stolen’ cultural relics: why the numbers just don’t add up

Every year, around the anniversary of the sacking of Beijing’s Summer Palace in 1860, come fresh calls for the return of ‘stolen’ antiquities. A Post Magazine investigation reveals China’s claims are often inaccurate, even grossly inflated

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Every year, around the anniversary of the sacking of Beijing’s Summer Palace in 1860, come fresh calls for the return of ‘stolen’ antiquities. A Post Magazine investigation reveals China’s claims are often inaccurate, even grossly inflated

China’s ‘stolen’ cultural relics: why the numbers just don’t add up
In Asia, investment in wines beats drinking them
Ghostly Tokyo: the vengeful spirits who haunt the city, and where to go to feel their wrath

Wronged women seek their revenge from the spirit world, and spook developers with their grave markers on prime property

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Wronged women seek their revenge from the spirit world, and spook developers with their grave markers on prime property

Ghostly Tokyo: the vengeful spirits who haunt the city, and where to go to feel their wrath
Wine older than Mozart hails from Palais Coburg in Vienna – which boasts second biggest collection in Europe
Four easy steps and you can take to the floor at a Viennese ball

With more than 450 balls staged every year in the Austrian capital, tourists wishing to take part will find everything they need to hand, from dance classes to dresses

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

With more than 450 balls staged every year in the Austrian capital, tourists wishing to take part will find everything they need to hand, from dance classes to dresses

Four easy steps and you can take to the floor at a Viennese ball
How to live like a king for a night at Vienna’s imperial Schönbrunn Palace

A stay in the suite at the 17th-century palace in the Austrian capital will make you feel like royalty – and, luckily for you, it won’t break the bank

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

A stay in the suite at the 17th-century palace in the Austrian capital will make you feel like royalty – and, luckily for you, it won’t break the bank

How to live like a king for a night at Vienna’s imperial Schönbrunn Palace