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

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.

2 Jul 2020 - 6:48PM

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
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