Thomas Bird (小飞) is an itinerant writer mostly concerned with travel, culture & ecology in the Asia Pacific region. He has contributed to several notable guidebooks including Rough Guides China, Guilin: China’s Masterpiece, Kunshan on the Water Margin and Dunhuang: A City on the Silk Road.
Occasionally Thomas prints his musings in the Guardian, South China Morning Post, DestinAsian Magazine, CNN Travel Online, Lonely Planet Online, The Wire, Macau Closer, Geographical Magazine and several other sympathetic publications. He has also published short stories in the literary journals Melting Plot and Fever Dreams.
Thomas is, as his namesake suggests, an avid bird watcher. He also likes getting around on trains and boats, which has nothing to do with his name. Railways and rivers afford Bird plenty of time to marvel at the world while drinking tea, reading and napping – his three 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 craft beer, Franz Kafka and the teachings of Zhuangzi.