Thomas Bird (小飞) is a Beijing-based writer concerned with travel, culture & ecology in the Asia Pacific region. He has contributed to several notable guidebooks including The Rough Guide to China, Guilin: China’s Masterpiece, Luoyang: Ancient Capital and Dunhuang: A City on the Silk Road.
Thomas prints his musings in the Guardian, South China Morning Post, DestinAsian Magazine, The Wire, Geographical Magazine and several other sympathetic publications. He has also published short stories in some obscure literary journals.
As his namesake suggests, Thomas is an avid bird watcher. He also likes getting around on trains, which has nothing to do with his name. Railways afford plenty of time to marvel at the world while reading and napping – his two favourite pastimes. Currently approaching middle-age with the enthusiasm of a British train, Thomas finds himself in the unenviable position of a Mandarin-speaking rock musician who abides chiefly by immoderate craft beer consumption, Franz Kafka and the teachings of Zhuangzi.
This year he’s mostly wondering why.