Peter Neville-Hadley

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.

Latest from Peter Neville-Hadley

A traveller’s ‘Marco Polo’ moment on the Xinjiang–Qinghai border, in search of historic route round the Lop Desert

A traveller’s search for a route around western China's Lop Desert, in 1995, meant bartering for rides and avoiding rip-off merchants in towns with such evocative names as ‘Asbestos Deposit’.

11 Jan 2021 - 11:07AM

A traveller’s search for a route around western China's Lop Desert, in 1995, meant bartering for rides and avoiding rip-off merchants in towns with such evocative names as ‘Asbestos Deposit’.

A traveller’s ‘Marco Polo’ moment on the Xinjiang–Qinghai border, in search of historic route round the Lop Desert
Opinion | Hidden travel gems you can’t wait to reveal and other great holiday paradoxes

Travel is full of contradictions, from hidden holiday gems we must tell other people about to wanting useful services but without the tourist numbers needed to bankroll them.

28 Dec 2020 - 3:10PM

Travel is full of contradictions, from hidden holiday gems we must tell other people about to wanting useful services but without the tourist numbers needed to bankroll them.

Hidden travel gems you can’t wait to reveal and other great holiday paradoxes
A history of Chinese ‘coolies’ is one of poverty, piracy and, ultimately, emigration

In Coolie Ships of the Chinese Diaspora (1846-1874), John Asome explores the trade of indentured labourers from Chinese ports to Cuba, Peru and the West Indies.

8 Dec 2020 - 4:05PM

In Coolie Ships of the Chinese Diaspora (1846-1874), John Asome explores the trade of indentured labourers from Chinese ports to Cuba, Peru and the West Indies.

A history of Chinese ‘coolies’ is one of poverty, piracy and, ultimately, emigration
Review | In Privacy is Power, Clarissa Véliz warns of an impending data-driven dystopia

In her latest book, Oxford professor Carissa Véliz explains why ‘data-hungry institutions’ hoover up our personal information – and how to regain control.

21 Nov 2020 - 1:15PM

In her latest book, Oxford professor Carissa Véliz explains why ‘data-hungry institutions’ hoover up our personal information – and how to regain control.

In Privacy is Power, Clarissa Véliz warns of an impending data-driven dystopia
The Lion’s Share: how community-based wildlife projects across Asia benefit from big-brand advertising

A UN conservation programme has been repurposed to help projects hit hard by the covid-driven collapse in tourism, Including those in Bhutan, Mongolia, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

11 Dec 2020 - 12:33PM

A UN conservation programme has been repurposed to help projects hit hard by the covid-driven collapse in tourism, Including those in Bhutan, Mongolia, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The Lion’s Share: how community-based wildlife projects across Asia benefit from big-brand advertising
Scotland in a Box: unpack a Highlands road trip at home with this collection of snacks, smells and sounds

A hamper filled with all things Scottish is an attempt to keep would-be visitors interested in Scotland despite coronavirus travel restrictions.

12 Nov 2020 - 7:49PM

A hamper filled with all things Scottish is an attempt to keep would-be visitors interested in Scotland despite coronavirus travel restrictions.

Scotland in a Box: unpack a Highlands road trip at home with this collection of snacks, smells and sounds
Review | In Menno Moto, Cameron Dueck journeys from Canada to Argentina in search of Mennonite culture – and himself

Cameron Dueck’s 45,000km motorcycle ride, visiting Mennonite communities through the Americas, reveals much about schisms in the isolated religious communities.

9 Nov 2020 - 1:01PM

Cameron Dueck’s 45,000km motorcycle ride, visiting Mennonite communities through the Americas, reveals much about schisms in the isolated religious communities.

In Menno Moto, Cameron Dueck journeys from Canada to Argentina in search of Mennonite culture – and himself
Why a desert island need not be desert or deserted – remote and little known will surely do after all our self-isolation

Once we are done with social distancing, will we really hanker for the isolation of a desert island? Choose one with a few, or a few thousand, fellow human beings to talk to.

4 Nov 2020 - 11:59AM

Once we are done with social distancing, will we really hanker for the isolation of a desert island? Choose one with a few, or a few thousand, fellow human beings to talk to.

Why a desert island need not be desert or deserted – remote and little known will surely do after all our self-isolation
Review | Burning the Books: how knowledge has come under attack throughout human history

Richard Ovenden, Oxford University’s Bodley’s Librarian, explores the value, veracity and virtues of historical archives but fails to mention China’s contribution – both constructive and destructive – to the annals of archiving.

26 Oct 2020 - 6:15PM

Richard Ovenden, Oxford University’s Bodley’s Librarian, explores the value, veracity and virtues of historical archives but fails to mention China’s contribution – both constructive and destructive – to the annals of archiving.

Burning the Books: how knowledge has come under attack throughout human history
Zhejiang’s corridor crossings – think Bridges of Madison County, but with Chinese characteristics

In 2004, a Chinese-speaking foreigner, aware of authorities’ proclivity for crushing the soul out of historical sites in the name of tourism, set about visiting Zhejiang’s covered bridges. He was not disappointed.

16 Oct 2020 - 8:02PM

In 2004, a Chinese-speaking foreigner, aware of authorities’ proclivity for crushing the soul out of historical sites in the name of tourism, set about visiting Zhejiang’s covered bridges. He was not disappointed.

Zhejiang’s corridor crossings – think Bridges of Madison County, but with Chinese characteristics
Marco Polo’s book on China omits tea, chopsticks, bound feet – even the Great Wall. Why does his myth endure, 25 years after author sowed doubt the ‘great explorer’ travelled east – or ever existed?

Marco Polo is known for his travels along the Silk Road to China, meeting Kublai Khan, and his travel book, but is it all fiction? Despite the Venetian explorer’s many errors and omissions, he and his stories are considered real.

8 Jan 2021 - 11:38AM

Marco Polo is known for his travels along the Silk Road to China, meeting Kublai Khan, and his travel book, but is it all fiction? Despite the Venetian explorer’s many errors and omissions, he and his stories are considered real.

Marco Polo’s book on China omits tea, chopsticks, bound feet – even the Great Wall. Why does his myth endure, 25 years after author sowed doubt the ‘great explorer’ travelled east – or ever existed?
Britain soon forgot a diplomat murdered in China, but locals in Yunnan remember story of his killing 125 years later

More than 100 years after British consular official Augustus Margary was killed, traces of the international incident remain in rural Yunnan province in southwest China.

28 Sep 2020 - 10:49AM

More than 100 years after British consular official Augustus Margary was killed, traces of the international incident remain in rural Yunnan province in southwest China.

Britain soon forgot a diplomat murdered in China, but locals in Yunnan remember story of his killing 125 years later
Review | The Emperor’s New Road: the inside story of Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative

Jonathan Hillman’s new book, The Emperor’s New Road, offers a reality check on Beijing’s global infrastructure projects.

12 Sep 2020 - 1:20PM

Jonathan Hillman’s new book, The Emperor’s New Road, offers a reality check on Beijing’s global infrastructure projects.

The Emperor’s New Road: the inside story of Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative
Burton Holmes helped shape America’s view of China in the early 20th century – he didn’t always do it justice

Burton Holmes, the celebrity pioneer of travelogues, introduced huge American audiences to China, passing along his prejudices and inaccuracies in the process.

7 Sep 2020 - 9:47AM

Burton Holmes, the celebrity pioneer of travelogues, introduced huge American audiences to China, passing along his prejudices and inaccuracies in the process.

Burton Holmes helped shape America’s view of China in the early 20th century – he didn’t always do it justice
The Chinese emperor who built Beijing in his honour, and how it sent a message of a strong centralised power

Completed 600 years ago, China’s capital was to serve as its ruler’s legacy – big, bold and gaudy, constructed at the expense of his people and, often, the truth.

12 Jul 2020 - 11:17AM

Completed 600 years ago, China’s capital was to serve as its ruler’s legacy – big, bold and gaudy, constructed at the expense of his people and, often, the truth.

The Chinese emperor who built Beijing in his honour, and how it sent a message of a strong centralised power
Cancelled flight? How to get a full refund, and why Air Canada has more than its fair share of customer refund complaints

If the airline cancels your flight, you should be offered a full refund, and if your flight was from or to the US, Europe or Asia, you are covered by national regulations. Some countries, such as Canada, don’t seem to offer the same protection.

25 Nov 2020 - 8:54PM

If the airline cancels your flight, you should be offered a full refund, and if your flight was from or to the US, Europe or Asia, you are covered by national regulations. Some countries, such as Canada, don’t seem to offer the same protection.

Cancelled flight? How to get a full refund, and why Air Canada has more than its fair share of customer refund complaints
Mantis St Helena Hotel: heritage luxury on St Helena, isolated island in the Atlantic Ocean

Once accessible only by boat, St Helena in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean now has an airport and direct flights from South Africa, weather permitting.

29 Jun 2020 - 3:19PM

Once accessible only by boat, St Helena in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean now has an airport and direct flights from South Africa, weather permitting.

Mantis St Helena Hotel: heritage luxury on St Helena, isolated island in the Atlantic Ocean
The tiny Atlantic island of St Helena is turning towards tourism – will it be kill or cure?

Once sustained by trading ships as they paused to replenish supplies en route to Hong Kong, and home to Napoleon Bonaparte during his exile, the British territory hopes to reinvent itself as a tourist hot spot.

30 Jun 2020 - 10:08AM

Once sustained by trading ships as they paused to replenish supplies en route to Hong Kong, and home to Napoleon Bonaparte during his exile, the British territory hopes to reinvent itself as a tourist hot spot.

The tiny Atlantic island of St Helena is turning towards tourism – will it be kill or cure?
How luxury tourism can help endangered species like the rhino and the Tasmanian devil to survive – from South Africa to Australia to the Galapagos

More luxury travellers are embracing the philosophy of journeying responsibly, taking part in conservation activities to sustain dwindling wildlife populations

10 Jun 2020 - 5:38AM

More luxury travellers are embracing the philosophy of journeying responsibly, taking part in conservation activities to sustain dwindling wildlife populations

How luxury tourism can help endangered species like the rhino and the Tasmanian devil to survive – from South Africa to Australia to the Galapagos
Review | China and the world: 2,000 years of myths, misconceptions and among them, some truths

In Great State, historian Timothy Brook takes a fresh look at China’s international relations through 13 not entirely reliable encounters.

3 Apr 2020 - 6:25AM

In Great State, historian Timothy Brook takes a fresh look at China’s international relations through 13 not entirely reliable encounters.

China and the world: 2,000 years of myths, misconceptions and among them, some truths
Inside the Hydro Majestic Blue Mountains Hotel – once host to legendary parties, now home to heritage luxury

The historic New South Wales property boasts spectacular views and a louche appeal.

26 Feb 2020 - 4:26PM

The historic New South Wales property boasts spectacular views and a louche appeal.

Inside the Hydro Majestic Blue Mountains Hotel – once host to legendary parties, now home to heritage luxury
Visit Greenland from Canada to spot humpback whales, cross the Arctic Circle and dodge great glaciers

Set off from the Canadian territory Nunavut aboard the RCGS Resolute for an unforgettable cruise across the Davis Strait to the untouched arctic wilderness of Greenland

9 Dec 2019 - 10:14AM

Set off from the Canadian territory Nunavut aboard the RCGS Resolute for an unforgettable cruise across the Davis Strait to the untouched arctic wilderness of Greenland

Visit Greenland from Canada to spot humpback whales, cross the Arctic Circle and dodge great glaciers
Review | The Body: A Guide for Occupants – Bill Bryson turns his wry gaze onto the human form

The American author’s latest book, The Body: A Guide for Occupants, is as eye-opening as it is entertaining.

6 Nov 2019 - 11:49AM

The American author’s latest book, The Body: A Guide for Occupants, is as eye-opening as it is entertaining.

The Body: A Guide for Occupants – Bill Bryson turns his wry gaze onto the human form
Hiking the Arkaba Walk: Bushwhacking and kangaroo spotting through one of the Great Walks of Australia

We tackled the classic four-day trek across southern Australia, known for craggy sandstone bluffs, dry creek beds – and copious kangaroos

19 Oct 2019 - 4:35AM

We tackled the classic four-day trek across southern Australia, known for craggy sandstone bluffs, dry creek beds – and copious kangaroos

Hiking the Arkaba Walk: Bushwhacking and kangaroo spotting through one of the Great Walks of Australia
Review | In Ways of Heaven, Roel Sterckx unpacks ‘Chinese thought’ for the Western reader

Roel Sterckx, the Joseph Needham Professor of Chinese History, Science and Civilisation at the University of Cambridge, provides insight into the Chinese psyche and comparisons with Western philosophy.

4 Oct 2019 - 8:15PM

Roel Sterckx, the Joseph Needham Professor of Chinese History, Science and Civilisation at the University of Cambridge, provides insight into the Chinese psyche and comparisons with Western philosophy.

In Ways of Heaven, Roel Sterckx unpacks ‘Chinese thought’ for the Western reader
At historic Arizona ranch on the border with Mexico, follow in the footsteps of US presidents and a certain John Wayne

Rancho de la Osa’s guests have also included US president Franklin Roosevelt, writer Margaret Mitchell and actor Joan Crawford. Guests today can experience the majesty of the desert on horseback, and visit an Indian reservation.

27 Sep 2019 - 5:31AM

Rancho de la Osa’s guests have also included US president Franklin Roosevelt, writer Margaret Mitchell and actor Joan Crawford. Guests today can experience the majesty of the desert on horseback, and visit an Indian reservation.

At historic Arizona ranch on the  border with Mexico, follow in the footsteps of US presidents and a certain John Wayne
Review | China’s New Red Guards: rise of the neo-Maoists examined in briskly written book

Author Jude D. Blanchette examines the stresses within China’s Communist Party, which is alive with sects struggling for control over the country’s narrative.

3 Oct 2019 - 4:04PM

Author Jude D. Blanchette examines the stresses within China’s Communist Party, which is alive with sects struggling for control over the country’s narrative.

China’s New Red Guards: rise of the neo-Maoists examined in briskly written book
Why are Chinese tourists following Xi Jinping to Australia? To hunt Tasmanian devils

Many visitors now skip Sydney and Melbourne in favour of wildlife hunting on the former prison island of Tasmania

22 Sep 2019 - 10:00AM

Many visitors now skip Sydney and Melbourne in favour of wildlife hunting on the former prison island of Tasmania

Why are Chinese tourists following Xi Jinping to Australia? To hunt Tasmanian devils
From Facebook to Google and Apple to Intel, a selfie tour of Silicon Valley’s tech giants

The Californian cradle of innovation has no shortage of attractions for visitors, be they aspirational, nostalgic or simply star struck.

5 Sep 2019 - 1:17AM

The Californian cradle of innovation has no shortage of attractions for visitors, be they aspirational, nostalgic or simply star struck.

From Facebook to Google and Apple to Intel, a selfie tour of Silicon Valley’s tech giants
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