Lord Michael and Lady Xuelin Bates are walking 250km in China to raise funds for a new China-UK Vocational Scholarship for students from the poorest areas

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Walking Diaries–Day 1

Posted on September 20, 2018

‘The secret to getting ahead is getting started’ (Mark Twain–American author) We set out from Tongzhou, Canal Square and crossed the Grand Canal. Even by today’s infrastructure standards the Grand Canal is a major infrastructure achievement. Work on the canal was started around 500BC with the aim to connect to two great Chinese rivers of […]

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Address to International Young Leaders Club in Beijing

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  Xuelin and I are most grateful to Mr Hu Zhirong for organising this event and inviting such a wonderful mix of people and experiences. You all know from your experience that no successful business was ever built by a legal document. It is people who make a successful business. So it is with an […]

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Introducing the 2018 ‘Dream Team’

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T-together E-everyone A-achieves M-more Xuelin and I have been blessed in preparing and delivering this walk with a wonderful team of enthusiastic and talented young people assembled by Yao Yiachun, the person who first proposed the walk at our Welcome Home dinner for our 2017 walk and the person who has worked such detailed plans […]

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The Starting Point: Tongzhou New City

Posted on September 19, 2018

‘An architect is the drawer of dreams’ Grace McGarvie The choice of starting point in Beijing by our hosts had deeper meanings than might first appear: First, they considered that in 2015 Xuelin and I had walked from Beijing to Hangzhou and Tongzhou is the end of the Grand Canal which connects Beijing and Hangzhou; […]

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Culture Connects

Posted on September 18, 2018

“The world is getting so small. Young people are mobile; they want to travel around the world. When you travel around the world, you exchange culture, you want to make friends, you want to exchange things.” Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba Group who announced his retirement from business last month at the age of 53) […]

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No 3–40 Years Profile–Ma Weihau

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“We make a living by what we get, But we make a life by what we give.”Winston Churchill (British prime minister 1940-1945 and 1951-55) Ma Weihau’s story is in many ways the story of modern China. Xuelin and I had the privilege of sitting next to Dr Ma at lunch on Sunday. The lunch had […]

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No 2–40 years profile: Gao Jisheng & Family

Posted on September 15, 2018

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” Pele (3 time World Cup Winner with Brazil, 1958,1962,1970 and quite simply the greatest footballer, ever) “Mr Goa does 60 press-ups every morning” said Xuelin  as she introduced me […]

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Shanghai Stock Exchange

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“I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.” (Warren Buffett US CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and investment guru who has made a personal fortune of $80 billion + through ‘smart’ investments making him the third richest man in the world) […]

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No 1–40 Years Profile–The Noble Driver

Posted on September 14, 2018

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” Confucius I have never written a job description for a driver but who picked us up from Shanghai Pudong Airport would seem to me a perfect representation of the best qualities needed for the role: punctual, patient, pleasant, helpful and calm. These skills were put to […]

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Take-off at last for 2018 Walk Your Dream–China

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“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” George Bernard Shaw (Irish playwright and author) It is 20:24 and […]

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Homecoming Reflection–9 September, 2017

Posted on September 10, 2017

‘If you want to walk fast–travel alone. If you want to travel far–travel together’ (Chinese Proverb) It is exactly a week since Xuelin and I arrived back in London following the walk. A week is about the right amount of time needed for me to think about what the walk this year achieved and where […]

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Day 44: The Final Mile

Posted on September 2, 2017

Today walk: 18.40  miles Total walk:  636.10 miles Total raised: over £ 50,000.00, detailed donation list will be published shortly  At 4PM on July 20th 2017 Xuelin and I set off from Finsbury Park Mosque in north London with the aim of walking 625 miles in 45 days and visiting each of the four capital cities of the United […]

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