Gabrielle Jaffe is a freelance journalist who is currently based in China, covering travel, culture and current affairs for publications including The Atlantic, The Times, and Los Angeles Times.
Food
Restaurant review: Back Alley Bistro

Restaurant review: Back Alley Bistro

It’s no secret that one of the best burgers in town is served –‑ somewhat incongruously – at the nail salon/bar Frost Nails. But now Beijing’s diners have a more sophisticated place to get their teeth into these juicy buns, as Frost’s owner, Jeff Powell,
Sichuan - Bears & Beyond

Sichuan – Bears & Beyond

Like most people in Britain, my first encounter with China’s Sichuan province was in the local takeaway. Romanced by the exotic-sounding ‘Szechuan chicken’, I ignored the warning chilli peppers and ordered ‘number 33’. Over the years, 33 became a favourite. So it was with great
What I ate Yesterday: Yue Minjun

What I ate Yesterday: Yue Minjun

Yue Minjun, 50, has become one of China’s most recognisable artists thanks to his iconic, guffawing self-portraits. He is also one of the country’s best selling: his piece Execution broke all records for Chinese contemporary art when it sold for £2.9 million at Sotheby’s London
Restaurant review: Ji Xiang Niao Xiang Cai

Restaurant review: Ji Xiang Niao Xiang Cai

When people think of spicy Chinese food, thoughts first turn to Sichuan. But, while often overshadowed by its fiery neighbouring province, Hunan cuisine can pack a more powerful punch. Get your chilli kicks by visiting this eatery off Chaowai where hordes of hungry businessmen descend
Restaurant review: Little Yunnan

Restaurant review: Little Yunnan

Happily situated between the Forbidden City and the National Art Museum, Little Yunnan was a Guilin joint before its new owner changed its ways. And you still find the odd Guangxi dish on the menu. But those keen to stick toYunnan specialities won’t be disappointed.
Restaurant review: Kiko Izakaya

Restaurant review: Kiko Izakaya

Conveniently positioned on Nanluoguxiang but set far enough back from the street so you don’t spend half the evening looking out the window, distracted by the scrum outside, is cute little Kiko. This restaurant calls itself an izakaya – the Japanese equivalent of a pub-bistro
For all the tea in China

For all the tea in China

Row after row of neat bushes lined undulating hills. It could have been Tuscany, except for the hats. The conical straw headgear of the workers was a constant reminder that this was Asia. More specifically, we were in Xishuangbanna district, Yunnan province, at the start