I began my travels in China as an International exploration geologist in 1993, when the gold sector briefly opened to foreign investment. The experiences in the Southwest and at an operating gold mine in Shandong at that time remain unforgettable, as was the office life in Beijing. I recently "retired" from jobs at the Toronto Venture Exchange and the British Columbia Provincial Securities Regulator.
With my wife Jing, we start living at Kaifaqu (1/2 hr. east of Dalian on rapid transit) on Oct 25, 2016. Our Chinese parents are elderly an it is a proper time to repay debts of gratitude. I've attained beginner level Mandarin and am progressing in my studies. We maintain an active lifestyle, and I occasionally help teach at a family run English School. Through my wife there is a large network of Chinese family and friends, and I would also like to share life in China with a few new expat connections.
We love walks and hikes in any season; an example of one of our family hikes can be found at:
We enjoy simple local dining, cultural and musical events, and occasional pub sessions. Bu shang gambei moutai.
Ian and Jing