Qin XieQin Xie is a journalist specialising in food, travel and personal finance.

She is frequently on the road but you can contact her here.

Current projects:

Qin Xie is currently acting travel editor at The Independent where she writes and commissions travel news, features and reviews.

Her personal finance writing can be found on Money Talk. An excerpt of this can also be enjoyed as a podcast.

This website, qinxie.co.uk, is a collection of her published work to date. For her blog, visit In Pursuit of Food (inpursuitoffood.com – on kitchens, restaurants and chefs), or Culture Explorer (culture-explorer.co.uk – on travel).


Having studied philosophy and economics at the University of Bristol, Qin Xie went on to train as a journalist at Harlow College where she gained her NCTJ certificate. After working on various websites, newspapers and magazines, she decided to specialise in food and later travel.

Her CV can be viewed on LinkedIn.

Since graduating from Leiths School of Food and Wine with a Diploma, she has completed stages at Roganic, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, The Fat Duck, The Square and Lima and continues to explore life in kitchens. Qin Xie also holds the Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits from the WSET.

She is the co-author of Hunan: A Lifetime of Secrets from Mr Peng’s Chinese Kitchen, published by Random House April 2014. It was voted one of the 20 best food books of 2014 by Observer Food Monthly.

In 2016, she was short-listed for the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards Food & Wine Writer of the Year.

Most recently, she launched a subscription-based newsletter on Substack called Money Talk, on the highs and lows of personal finance.

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