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, The Wire, Geographical Magazine and several other sympathetic publications. He has also published short stories in the literary journals Melting Plot and Fever Dreams.
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 drinking, reading and napping – Thomas’ 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 immoderate craft beer consumption, Franz Kafka and the teachings of Zhuangzi.
This year he plans to eat less Lanzhou noodles.