CHINA ARTICLES by Brian Hennessy

Vale Li Rui

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China. February 16, 2019     Vale Li Rui 李锐; April 13, 1917 – February 16, 2019 _______________________________________________________________________ There are communists, and there are communists. Li Rui (李锐), who died today at age 101, was a typical, sincere Chinese communist in his early years. Later he became Chairman Mao’s personal […]

Chinese new year 2019: year of the pig

Brian Hennessy and Yirong Li. Cairns Post – Business Week. February 6, 2019   Chinese New Year 2019: Year of the Pig _________________________________________________________________________ Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as it is known locally, is China’s longest and most important festival. In 2019 it will commence on the 5th February and will continue for 15 […]

On worrying about China: 2018

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China. August, 2018     Xi Jinping. President for life. On worrying about China: 2018 _______________________________________________________________________ I met Xiao Zhang many years ago when she was a PhD student at a Medical University. It was my job to teach her class how to write up their research in a way […]

Generation gap

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China. June, 2018   An authentic Cultural Revolution mural in an old factory in Chengdu, 2018. Translation: “The working class has strong bones. We go, go, go, following Chairman Mao.” Generation gap ___________________________________________ There’s an old factory in Chengdu which has been converted into a museum and arts centre. From […]

Slow train to Chongqing

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China. April 2015 In China, it always pays to book transport the day before. That’s how I missed out on a comfortable two-hour fast rail journey from Chengdu to Chongqing (350kms), and was forced to wait four hours for a slow train which would take another four and a half […]

Ciqikou. Ancient village

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China. September, 2016 If you want to get an idea of what Chongqing used to look like, visit Ciqikou in Shapingba District. It is both a symbol and a microcosm of old Chongqing. This fascinating old village is perched above the Jialing River which flows downstream to its confluence with the Yangtze […]

Demolishing history

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China. August, 2016. Modern Chongqing is a booming metropolis containing 6.5 million residents (within a municipality of 30 million people). It straddles the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers upstream from the Three Gorges Dam, is 1600 kilometres west of Shanghai, and is the Beijing government’s hub for growth in the hinterland […]

On worrying about China: 2016

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China. September, 2016 Western analysts are reporting that the Chinese economy is a worry: too much debt, misallocated capital, a pegged currency, and a political system which refuses to reform itself. The fear is: if China sinks, the rest of the world may go down with her. Is a collapse […]

Turpan: on the Silk Road

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China. Sept/Oct, 2015 Turpan used to be a stopover on the northern Silk Road in what is now the province of Xinjiang in western China. It is adjacent to the eastern Tian Shan (Heavenly Mountain) on the edge of a Taklamakan desert depression called the Turpan Basin. It is 154 […]

Dunhuang: on the Silk Road

Brian Hennessy. An Australian in China. September/October, 2015 Located near the eastern end of the Silk Road, Dunhuang and its ancient Mogao caves contain an extraordinary number of religious artifacts, shrines, and secular manuscripts. Together they open a window into China’s fascinating history. Here is a little bit of it to whet your appetite (click […]


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