Ah, 2016. You were a cruel mistress – capricious, unpredictable and far more orange than most of us would have liked. However, as we wave goodbye to this annus horriblis
it seems fitting to muse on quirky news items long gone.
We've seen our beloved Beijing change and modernise before our eyes, had to explain the concept of cupping to skeptical friends back home, and had our first clammy embrace with David, the big-nosed foreign spy and possibly the worst lover to ever act like a cliche and creep on a Chinese girl.
2017, the gauntlet has been thrown down – do better, and we'll see you for another one of these appraisals this time next year.