Mark Tanner - Adventurer, Writer and Amateur Beatboxer















The first ever people to paddle from the source of the Blue Nile to the Mediterranean Sea

Paddling the Nile

The first ever paddle down the Blue Nile from source to sea. 5,000km through wild rapids, war zones, crocodile and hippo infested waters, disease, terrorists, guns, arrests; the works...


Living the dream in China

Chinese Adventures

Newly married amongst the neon glow and dumpling vendors as we bumble our way trying to figure out the world's most populous nation at this exciting time in it's history...


Solo winter bicycle trek across Canada

The Great Canadian Bike Trek

23 years old and naive, I set off in the middle of Canada's barbaric winter perched on a woolskin seat-cover peddling solo from one side of Canada to the other...





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Mark Tanner's Travels

Whether it be slurping tea with nomadic camel herders or watching a Vietnamese peasant plough his field, there aren't many pursuits that give you more of a perspective on things than experiencing different cultures. In 1998, teary-eyed and naive, I left my beloved hometown intent on seeing the world and having these experiences.  Since then, I have been lucky enough to see some interesting pockets of the world.


Although I could never dream of seeing everything the world has on offer, I hope to enjoy as much as I can. Below are a few brief memoirs of some of the things that I have done and places I have lived...



Beijing & Shanghai, China 2010- 

The capital of the world's most populous nation's sheer scale is staggering, chock-full with almost 20 million people. Dotted with significant historic sites and super-sleek modern buildings, this city is going through it's most significant change ever. My wife and I kicked off with a semester of learning the Chinese language basics and are now trying to figure out what is going in this fascinating time in history.

Beaches at Trincomalee, Sri Lanka - photos and information click here Uppuveli Beach and Nilaveli Beach photos click here Dutch Bay's crumbling colonial homes, bars and beach in Trincomalee click here
Trincomalee SriLanka
Uppuveli Beach
Dutch Bay

February 1, 2015 Inappropriate Content Is Still Sneaking Through In China – Where You’d Least Expect It
January 17, 2015 Thawing China-Japan Relations Will Be Good For Rugby
June 2, 2014 The Sphinx: Didn’t the Egyptians think to Trademark it in China?
February 16, 2014 Elysium, China and the Electric Car Question
October 13, 2013 The Internet In China: Going The Full Circle
August 6, 2013 157 Cities in China with more people than Berlin, 110 with more than Sydney
July 21, 2013 So China
May 12, 2013 WTF Hangzhou?
April 5, 2013 El Nido, Palawan, The Philippine’s Absolute Stunner
February 1, 2013 Why I’d rather be born in the Year of the Snake than the Dragon in China
January 9, 2013 Burma: Nice Spot, But Overrun With Tourists Unless You’re Happy Sweating
November 23, 2012 Fake New Zealand In China?
November 13, 2012 China’s Police Force: The Most Approachable in the World?
October 26, 2012 Chinese in Greenland – Good News You May Not Have Expected?
September 21, 2012 The Polystyrene Bike Guys of Shanghai
September 6, 2012 The Blind leading the Blind in China
July 25, 2012 Biking in Shanghai
June 18, 2012 Lamb Love in Shanghai
May 3, 2012 Koh Rong Island, Cambodia: Paradise … for the Time Being
April 4, 2012 English Names for Chinese: “Hi I’m Rambo, nice to meet you”

Photos & Information Tibet in the winter - click here Photos of Tibetan yaks and people in the winter - click here Photos of Tibetan landmarks in the winter - click here
Tibet in Winter
Tibetan People
Tibetan Landmarks


Wellington, NZ 2005-2010

I was dubious about what it would be like to get back to Wellington having left in 1998, but in the time I was home, there wasn't a day I would have rather been somewhere else. Great to be back amongst the stunning scenery, fresh air and fantastic lifestyle.

2007 Belarus - The Soviet Time Capsule

2007 Bike tripping, mountain biking, beach and weddings

2006 Beach, Olympic gatherings, tequila luges, morris minors and Milford

2005 Moustaches, hiking, weddings, footy and Christmas


Khartoum, Sudan 2004-2005

At the confluence of the Blue & White Niles on the southern edge of the Sahara lies the bustling Sudanese capital of Khartoum.  The city oozes exotic charms, celebrating a marriage of colonial Africa with the mystery of Arabia.  More than 5 million people make their home in the clay and mud brick edifices that clutter the city’s mishmash of dirt lanes.  During my time here, I was teaching the English idiom at the University of Khartoum and drinking too much tea.

August 18, 2004 Green Ethiopia 

August 2, 2004 Numshe  

May 16, 2004 The Onslaught of the Sudanese Summer 

March 28, 2004 About Omdurman

February 23, 2004 Khartoum: The fuul capital of Sudan  


Sudanese Recipes

The Top-10 Must-Sees along the length of the River Nile

The Importance of the Annual Nile Flooding

Paddling the Nile


Dublin, Ireland 2000-2003

On the eastern coast of the last misty isle before the new world of the Americas, is a city with a history that spans over 1,000 years. As times have past the Fair City has seen everything from famines to uprisings, but in recent years has become one of the booming and liveliest cities in Europe, supporting a culture that is famous for good music and pubs.  My time there saw me working for Vodafone trying to get people to use their mobiles more.

February 28, 2003 A Gamble in Kuala Lumpur  

February 18, 2003 Temples, Tombs and Pyramids 

January 14, 2003 A Fond Eirewell

June 15, 2002 Italy

April 18, 2002 Frog legs and berets

March 20, 2002 The Musical of all Musicals

December 1, 2001 Ireland's scorching summer of '01

September 4, 2001 Weird and Wonderful Greenland

August 20, 2001 The Iceland Roadtrip

May 1, 2001 Priceless Portugal

March 23, 2001 To the Country

December 28, 2000 Dublin, Fair City


Mark Tanner Memorial Fooz Champs

The Viking Treasure Hunt


Vancouver, Canada 1998-2000

Amongst an idyllic setting of a glistening harbour bordered by beaches and parks with a backdrop of spectacular mountains and an equally impressive skyline, it is no wonder Vancouver wins the hearts of the many tourists that visit this metropolis every year and why it is consistently rated the most liveable city in the world. I was fortunate enough to be one of the 1.8 million residents living in the greater Vancouver area, living by the beach and working downtown in a marketing job for Net Nanny, a company selling software designed to keep children out of the naughty stuff on the Internet.

November 22, 2000 The Beloved Hometown

September 28, 2000 Big Red Buses and the Big Ben

August 9, 2000 New England and the Last of North America

July 20, 2000 The Big Apple

July 10, 2000 FBI-Looking Guys and Big Black Cars

February 2, 2000 The end of an era

December 20, 2000 The Fat Guy Dressed in Red is Coming

October 6, 1999 A Year Without Sheep

August 2, 1999 Basking in the Vancouver Sun 

May 5, 1999 Marathoning Mark 

April 29, 1999 The End of the Rain?

February 22, 1999 Marathon Training Begins

January 10, 1999 God Bless America

December 16, 1998 A Wintry Christmas Buildup

November 24, 1998 South of the Border

October 28, 1998 The Changing of Seasons 

October 12, 1998 Leaving City Limits  

September 29, 1998 A Kiwi in Vancouver 

September 15, 1998 The Eagle has landed


The Great Canadian Bike Trek


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