Readers are saying that 44 Days is like getting an honorary degree in Chinese Studies, except you get to laugh and reflect, as you explore China’s past, present and future. During Jeff’s Hutong presentation, which will be different than his recent talks at Bookworm, Capital M and ISB, he will base his discussion on Marcel Proust’s famous quotation, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes”. His presentation will include photographs from his 12,000km voyage across the hinterlands of Western China. There will be a book signing after the talk.

  • Place: The Hutong
  • Date: Saturday, May 24th
  • Time: 3-5 pm

Cost: RMB 100 (50 RMB for members), includes a soft drink or local beer and local snacks.


Jeff is the author of 44 Days Backpacking in China: The Middle Kingdom in the 21st Century, with the United States, Europe and the Fate of the World in Its Looking Glass (2013), 44 Days Publishing, He has an internationally popular weekly column on his website, Reflections in Sinoland – Reporting from the Belly of the New Century Beast, and is writing his second book, which will be out later in 2014. For 2015, he has already outlined an historical fiction involving a famous Chinese leader. He is a member of The Anthill, a collective of authors who write about China.