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Thomas Bird (小飞is a Beijing-based writer concerned with travel, culture & ecology in the Asia Pacific region. He holds a Master’s Degree in Chinese Studies from the University of London and a Cycling Proficiency Certificate from the Ministry of Transport.

Thomas prints his musings in the Guardian, South China Morning Post, DestinAsian Magazine, CNNTravel, The Wire, LA Review of Books, Geographical Magazine and several other sympathetic publications. He has also penned short stories for a number of low-circulation literary journals.

As his namesake suggests, Thomas is an avid bird watcher. He also likes rail travel, which has nothing to do with his name. 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 and the teachings of Zhuangzi.