Brian Salter's Blogs:


For some time, I have been writing blogs - recording some of the many sights and sounds I have come across in my travels across China, the Middle East and the rest of the world.

Although they can be found on my real blog site, I am reproducing the main ones here as well since Blogger is blocked in certain countries such as China.

Some are unashamedly "un-PC" – and if you are easily offended, may I respectfully suggest you move on to other pages on the web?

China & HK / Philippines / UK / Middle East


Relax Disney... Fantasy World has nothing to get you worried about!

An Underwhelming Museum in Cebu? Archdiocesan Museum

Searching for Plants and Butterflies in Cebu’s Fort

Cebu’s Mad-King-Ludvig-style Church in Sibonga

Saint or charlatan? Who knows? - Padre Pio Shrine

A Super-hero in Calamba - Rizal museum – Incompetent or Dishonest? You decide!

Villamore beckons – Manila's air museum

Hungry? Fancy some Ants' Eggs?

So what do YOU think that Ferdinand Marcos and Mao Zedong have in common?

Searching for true paradise in Ilocos Norte

Ilocos Sur’s Time Capsule City – Vigan

Sagada – Where the Dead Are Hung Up on Display

Caterwauling at the Catholic Karaoke

Manila – Where Patience is a virtue ... nay, a necessity!

Strolling Between the Walls in Downtown Manila - Intramuros

The National Museum of the Phiippines - a bit of a disappointment

Coron: A Phoenix rising - after being struck by Typhoon Yolande

Elections peaceful – only 30 killed. Oh well that's OK then!

Where Chanticleer Meets his Match (or his Maker) Cock fighting in the Phils

Fighting for your meal and watching soldiers dance? Welcome to Baguio!

Bureaucrats? Puh… Who Needs Them! Getting a residents visa and driving license

Inspecting the Bells in Parañaque

Anyone for a duck foetus? Fried or boiled?

To Cruise, Perchance to Dream... - Island hopping in the Phils

Did GBS Ever Visit the Philippines? - A food lover's paradise

Time for Philippine air companies to pull their socks up?

Manila Sauce Getting ripped off on a Jeepney

The State of Democracy in the Philippines


Beijing's New Airport at Daxing

Xu Beihong Memorial Museum

A hidden jewel in Tongzhou – Beijing's Daqi Museum

How to be one-up on a Beijing taxi driver – Taxation Museum

Beijing’s Best Art Museum? Tsinghua University’s Art Museum

A (very) small temple that is easily overlooked – Huode Zhenjun Temple

An (almost) empty museum in Sihui – the Beijing Jin Merchants Museum

History resurrected … (at Yongdingmen)

Disappointment In Theatre Land – Peking Opera Museum

Looking for China’s endangered species? You’ve come to the right place! – TCM Museum

Zhoukoudian – a (Very) long way to see Very Little!

Unmissable Tiebi Yinshan (Pagoda Complex)

Chinese Law? You can Bank on it! - China Court Museum

Women are actually People too! ...China National Museum of Women and Children

An Unknown Gem...Dongcheng Feiyi Museum

Residence of a Contradiction… Mao Dun's house

Seeing Red in Downtown Beijing – HongLou

Is this Beijing's most dangerous toilet? ... Dong 'An Men

A fitting – if abbreviated – memorial to Lao She

A Rare Temple – that Isn’t – in the Heart of Beijing... PuduSi

The most ‘sprawling imaginable kitsch’ museum? I don’t think so! – China Red Sandalwood Museum

If it’s fake antique furniture you’re after, you’ve come to the right place!

An almost totally forgotten museum in Gaobeidian... Imperial exam plaques

Something in Xi'an that is definitely worth seeing... (its fountains!)

Warrior Fatigue Soon Sets In at Xi’an’s Greatest Museum

More than just a load of old rocks… Beijing's Geology Museum

Tongzhou's ancient... or not-so-ancient... pagoda

Breasts and beasts in West Beijing – BJ's International Sculpture Park

HKIA features Cheongsams in its third temp exhibition

Beihai revisited

Now it's the turn of foodies at HKIA

Rubbing shoulder to shoulder with Shanghai’s City Gods

It’s Tea Time at HKIA

How are the Mighty Fallen – Has Cathay-Dragon fallen on hard times?

Pornography in the heart of Shanghai? – World Expo Museum

A Blaze of Glory – China's Fire Museum

The First Temple Under Heaven – Baiyunguan

iPhone Frustration Tempered By Autumnal Leaves – Cishousi

Why is this temple so little known? – Tianningsi

Shanghai's Amazing Little Museum – Propaganda Posters

A Shrine to the CPC still Pulls in the Crowds – 1st Party Congress museum

Baijiu, baijiu everywhere... but not a drop to drink, tra la la

A Mid Autumn Generation Game – Making mooncakes in the office

The 18 museums that never were at BaoGuoSi

Beijing’s Diabolical Cephalostachyum Museum

A trip down memory lane at the FinTech Museum

A Hidden Gem in the Heart of the City – Beijing’s Planning Exhibition Hall

Five years for refurbishment and this is the best they can do? Military Museum

Chinglish is Alive & Flourishing in W. Beijing – CCTV Tower

In memory of the ‘Father of Chinese Railroads’

Digging for dirt in Wangfujing

Men in tights; and a distinct lack of lactating tits

BJ's Tibetan Culture Museum

Catawauling in Wuzhen? Must be Chinese Opera night!

A night to remember – Wuzhen’s Wedding Museum

Water, water everywhere. Welcome to Wuzhen!

Railway Graveyard, Or Culture Park? Subway Cuture Park

Avoid Mondays at Badaling! – Great Wall Museum

Numismatists look no further! China Numismatic Museum

Beijing's best car museum

And Beihang makes Three... Yet another aerospace museum

Remembering Beijing’s Hutong Way-of-life

When staying in bed is best – Jiaozhuanghu Tunnel Museum

Beijing's BEST museum – the China (Military) Aviation Museum

CCAM Revisited – Civil Aviation Museum three years on...

A memorial to Qi Baishi with no thanks to TripAdvisor

Don't overdose on fun – at the Science & Tech Museum

What's in a name? -– BJ's Surname Family Tree Centre

A Dimension goes missing in Olympic Park – earthquake exhibition

Around the world in 80 … minutes – Return to The World

Just a pile of old bones – Beijing's Paleontology Museum

Yet again it’s time for some more research – NBeer Taproom

A Cute Museum in Hailar – Ewengki Ni Muzei

Mongolian nuptials in the heart of the grasslands

Hailar’s National Park – where misbehaving is NOT allowed!

Rah-rah grannies and Manila-style lighting – An unplanned trip to Inner Mongolia

Waste Not Want Not – BJ’s GLB Beer Festival

Great museum - shame about the maths! – Chinese Overseas History

Leaping Greatly to yet another Taproom

It’s tulip time again in Zhongshan!

Isn’t this Beijing’s most amazing up-market mall? – ParkView Green

Jing-A… It’s all about the beer!

Cute Pandas… Shame About the Brews

Arrow Brewery – Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Xiamen – A surfeit of old loos and a museum that has done a runner…

Solidarity Lake Park – an oasis in BJ’s CBD

A Dose Of Nostalgia In Tai Po Market – HK Railway Museum

Is this Beijing's tackiest market? Don't you just love Tianyi?

Zhengyangmen Museum – Another Must-Visit Attraction off the Tourists’ Radar

Fengtai's Curate's Egg – Garden Expo Park

Slutty Mermaids and a Monkey’s Fist? Welcome to Slow Boat!

History or Transport? You decide! – Ming City Walls Park

Disappointment in Fuxingmen – Palace of Nationalities

At One with Nature in HK – HK Wetland Park

An Oasis of Tranquility in HK – Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery

You mean, that's all there is? Iced boredom at the Workers' Stadium

Capital Museum – Where they show what they didn’t have room to display elsewhere

A long way to see very little – A visit to the Ming Tombs

And they think I’m Colour Blind? Beijing's new subway lines

¥€$ to This Museum! – Tianjin's Museum of Finance

In the Best Possible Taste? – Tianjin's China House

An iPhone in the family way… And disaster in Candy Town!

Red Leaves, Stone Flowers and a Dead Cat – ShiHuaDong

BJ's Most Disappointing Temple Museum? – Zhihuasi

A Little Gem in Beijing – TongJiaoSi

An Exemplar Of What Some Museums Can Be – Lu Xun's BJ Residency

How come this temple is not on everyone's list? – Lidai Diwang Miao

Not a Single Red Scarf in Sight – Beijing's Honglingjin Park

A Load of BS in the Centre of BJ – In search of Beijing's elusive gardens

Numbskulls or Artists? You Decide… Graffiti in Beijing

I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat – Meow Hotpot Restaurant

Watching Paint Dry, Chinese style – Beijing's CIFTIS expo

Return to YMY – YuanMingYuan rediscovered

Beauty, Boredom and Criminality at Forest Park

Time For China To Introduce A Trades Descriptions Act? – BJ's Coin Museum

Turning somersaults in Tsinghua – Yet another acrobatic show

Is this BJ's most boring museum? – Guo Shoujing Memorial Hall

Out for a Duck – A pig-out at Tianwaitian Roast Duck Restaurant

A Worrying Time in S.W. Beijing? – Beijing Garden of World's Flowers

How to save a small fortune in Beijing – ShuangXiu Park

Are There Any Antiques Left In This Antique City?

Is this the worst named attraction in Beijing? – Working People's Cultural Palace

Here be Dragons! – Longtan Park

Can One Ever Get Fed Up With Gold? – Hong Kong's 10,000 Buddhas Temple

God Bless the Man who Invented Nature! – Hong Kong Park and Zoological Garden

The Sounds of Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth? Goodbye BJ!

BJ's Biggest Branding Disaster? Or just clever marketing? You decide!

The Way of Tea – How can I ever look a tea bag in the face again?

On a clear day you can see for miles – Baiwangshan Forest Park

A peek into BJ's Salacious Past – A walk round Dashilan

Congratulations! – Ignore your waistline and be happy!

BJ's Spring: – all it is cracked up to be... and more!

Ink stamps, Concubines and a Chinese Parrot – Ji Xiaolan's Residence

A Feast for the Eyes as well as the Stomach – But ShanXi or Shaanxi?

Gaobeidian – A severe case of Over-inflated Hype

Want a prescription? Try the Dentist!

Pounding the mountains for a slice of history – Cuandixia Village

Why Bother with the National Museum? – when you have these artefacts on display

Discovering Yet Another Chinese Invention – China Printing Museum

Better Than Paint Drying! – BJ's Agri Museum

Red Dreams in BJ – Da guan yuan

Three into Two Does NOT Go! – BJ's Ethnic Park

Beijing’s Metro Improves in Leaps and Bounds

Strutting the flesh on a cold winter’s day – BJ's latest dance studio

Coming Face to Face with a Scholar and Thinker – Jintai Museum

Is Purple the new Black? – Beijing's Zizhuyuan

China’s Biggest and Best? Or simply a Bai Da Xiang? – Beijing's new car museum

Which is more stunning... Nature or Chinglish? – Taoranting Park

How Come I Am The Only Visitor In This Extraordinary Place? – The Ancient Architecture Museum

A long overdue pilgrimage to Beitang – Beijing's northern cathedral

Following in the Footsteps of the Spermatozoa – BJ's Natural History Museum

Discovering two nice places – in one day!

In Search of BJ's Elusive Bees

Travelling Through Shanghai's Time Tunnel

A Visit to Jing’an – a Mecca for Leophiles?

Searching for Peace in Shanghai And Eating Lunch Through A Straw

First Visit to Shanghai – But mind what you drink!

Back to Nature ... Again!

Back to Nature in BJ's BG

Move over Dante! – A visit to the Taoist Underworld

"Give peace a chance" – A visit to The Museum of the War of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression

Return to Tianjin

Is This What Chinese Heaven Is Like? – Yuan Dadu Chengyuan

Chinese Exercise: The best way to get over a trauma is to meet it head on

If Confucius had been Catholic, he’d surely be a saint by now!

Everything about China told in Miniature – BJ's Philately Museum

Playing Peekaboo with the Red Caped Enlightened Ones–Houairou's Hong Luo Si

How did artists cope in the days before Photoshop? – A visit to the National Art Museum of China

Discovering Wu Ta Si’s Stone Carvings Museum

Breaking in to Peking Uni's Campus

BJ's University Theme Park?

Catching up on Y2K – Beijing's Millennium Monument

Spare a thought for Beijing’s millions of homeless flies

So Who Needs Disney? – Inside Shijingshan Amusement Park

Dazhong Temple Museum

The Museum that Wasn't – mind you don't sneeze!

A meeting with the Chairman

In search of the Flying Watermelon

Police Museum – not suitable for the faint of heart!
(Warning: contains some disturbing images)

Liaoning Cookery Part 2

Cooking Liaoning Dumplings – Beijing Style

The Great Hall of the People – Lots of halls, lots of people, but not so great

Time for Another Comeuppance – A brush with China Unicom

Who turned the heating off?

Who Pinched All the Trains? (Beijing's other China Railway Museum)

Beijing's Flight of Fancy: The Civil Aviation Museum is closing after only six months? (updated August 2013)

How Come Qatar Airways is Still in Business? – How have the mighty fallen!

The Unkindest Snip of All – Beijing's Eunuch Museum

Stargazing in Beijing – The Ancient Observatory

China through a lens – The National Film Museum

A new marketing ploy for KFC?

Beijing's Tap Water Museum (yes, it really does exist!)

Hitting back at BJ's Bus Whingers

Enter the Dragon – Part 2

Enter the Dragon – Spring Festival in Beijing

Santa jostles with the dragon

Making tracks with Mao – China Railway Museum

Toasting the Dragon – It's party time!

At home with Sung Qing-ling

The World – Beijing's copywriters should visit Shenzhen!

Xmas in Beijing

A visit to Prince Gong's Pad

Exploring the Hutong

Gobbing for China

Juggling with destiny … or crashing the diplomats’ party

“I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know anything about.” (Oscar Wilde)

Summer Palace – Best viewed in Autumn

Being single on 11.11.11 is not all it's cracked up to be

Judge not others... lest ye be judged yourself!

Telling the Time in Beijing

The Hills are Alive with the sound of ... Bullshit!

In search of vintage paint stripper – or what the Chinese refer to as "wine"

Jackie Chan, Chateau Laffitte and a Jar of Penises

天鹅湖 Makes a Splash in BJ

You don’t have to be a philistine to enjoy 798 – but it sure helps!

Special Me is a Suave Dude

Searching for that Moon Rabbit on Mid Autumn Day

Patience has its rewards

It's Lotus time in YMY

Brian Sprints his way around Olympics-ville

BJ's Fierce Creatures – or lack of them!

Overcoming the Pain Barrier – submitting to Chinese tortures

Following in Nixon's Footsteps – A visit to the Great Wall

A transport of delight – with plenty of distractions

Window on the world from my Beijing apartment

An amazing day out in Tianjin

Start of a new chapter in Brian’s autobiography

China Visa Red Tape –- Battling with Officialdom and landing a job in Beijing

Beijing Tarts – over the hill at 30

Flying HMMOG Airways – and living to tell the tale

The UK

An Oasis of Beauty in One of Britain’s Ugliest Cities – Saltaire

An Underwhelming Experience in North Yorkshire – Harlow Carr

A Himalayan Paradise in Yorkshire

Organise a Piss-Up in a Brewery? Ask the expert!

Serenading the Floozie With a Little Light Music BPO Concert in Birmingham

Where did they put that Spit? RAF Cosford Museum

Overkill in Leeds? Just how many weapons can you stomach in one day?

How come British Airways is still in business? - Yet another BA disaster story

The Arrogance of Serenata Flowers

Did Black Adder really go to Hogwarts? - Alnwick Garden & Castle

Do Roses And Beautiful Women Float Your Boat? - Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

Steaming into York for a Unique Celebration - The National Rail Museum

Grotesque Behaviour in the Yorkshire Dales: Oxenhope Straw Race

Giving Away The Bride - No Refunds Permitted!


Sun and Sea and a Super-yacht that Isn’t - QIBS 2014

Karwa Taxis: Qatar's National Disgrace

I Hate Saying Goodbye - time to leave the Middle East

Dance Bars in DXB - BS catches up on his education

Dubai’s RTA site needs a good kick up the *%^$#@*!, if you ask me

Selling my baby - Dubai-style

It's ATM time ... yet again again again

Emirates Airline - now I am beginning to understand why they are so expensive

Kate & Wills - a Proud Day for Britain???

Bangladopian Maid Arrested - for Doing a 'Bobbitt'

Emirates Bank - A Case of Incompetence, Stupidity or What?

Change is Needed - Rounding up in the Emirates

Spamming the Spammers - Getting my own back on these low life

Falling out of love with Qatar Airways

It's that time of the month - No I don't mean that!

Abandon Hope - All Ye Who Enter Caribou

Callserve - No Calls and No Serve

Now this is what I call service! You'll never find this in the UK

Should we pass around the begging bowl for Géant? Ramadhan shenanigans in Ibn Battuta's favourite store

It's not easy being a dad: when you have to buy a dress for your daughter!

Screwed Again! Sometimes you simply cannot win

Lowlife in the Gulf - Brian's fall from grace

Dubai's Metro Madness: Do the decision makers ever use their own transport system? Yes. Today they did!

It's ATM time again as Dubai gears up for the tourist trade

Murdering the English Language: I love it!

Of Tigers, Hearts and Little Red Lai Sees When Valentine's coincides with CNY

Moving house is no fun in the UAE especially when dealing with Emirati red tape

Getting an Indian Visa The trials and tribulations of getting through Indian red tape

Delhi Diary Having got the visa, it's off on Air Arabia...

Alex Beckons Thanks to Gulf Air I actually make it to Alexandria

Middle East International Film Festival Hobnobbing with the stars

Chatting up a Filipina: Who needs a dictionary?

Culture in the UAE errr... well that's what it says!

For the love of a Kia Maybe not everyone's idea of a babe magnet....

Immigration Officers One of the worst jobs in the world?

Immorality in Riyadh Naughty Brian!

Saudi TV The joys of working as an anchor on KSA2

The Day You Hoped Would Never Happen: Explosion in Riyadh

Driving in the Gulf Smuggling and officialdom