Decater Collins

Decater Collins lives in Beijing. He is author of Ahab's Adventures In Wonderland, and also writes at his blog Chaos Factory

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The stubbornness of laowai

Captain Ahab in China – by Decater Collins


With yet another story of expats behaving badly making the rounds, I’ve been thinking of my own angry encounters on the streets of Beijing. I have plenty of incidents from my thirteen years here, including a near fist fight with a taxi driver who wanted to extort me for only going to Dongzhimen from the airport, and the near-death experience of getting sideswiped on my bike by the Australian ambassador.

One time in 2005 nearly ended in tragedy.