Waking up to the news of the protests in Hong Kong this morning, watching the tear gas being thrown and the people exercising their right not to have tear gas thrown at them,...Read More »
It's one of the last photos I took in Hong Kong, from up on Lugard R...
There are wartime tunnels all over Hong Kong. You wouldn't know it if you weren't looking, but I gue...
Where to run in Hong Kong? It's a question that plagued my first few months in the city. When all ar...
I love going to Wangfujing night market when I'm in Beijing. Not bec...
After the success of last week's Hong Kong in silhouette series, I t...
Two young boys entertain themselves in an alley outside their home on a rainy day in Shanghai.Read More »
Here's a cool little piece of hidden Hong Kong that I found with the help of Gwulo. It's located off Tai Tam Road in the south of Hong Kong Island and is another...Read More »
Am I really the only person in the last twenty five years to think John Woo's A Better Tomorrow (英雄本色) is an enormous crock of horse manure? It certainly seems so. Voted the second best Chinese language film of all time at the 2005 Hong Kong Film Awards and - maybe a little more sensibly - the 17th greatest by the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival in 2011, Woo's 1986 'classic' is apparently a film more worthy of greatness than the likes of Chungking Express, Infernal Affairs, and, ahem, Kung Fu Hustle.Read More »
Waking up to the news of the protests in Hong Kong this morning, watching the tear gas being thrown and the people exercising their right not to have tear gas thrown at them, I couldn't help casting my thoughts in the direction of a man who I suspect would have approved no end of the demonstrations, one Michel Foucault.Read More »
In my previous Japanese Tunnels post, we looked at the two tunnels on the north-eastern slope of Jardine's Lookout as you head down from the peak towards the quarry. The second of these is perhaps the largest and certainly most intriguing of those...Read More »
Let's cut to the chase, when we talk about Hong Kong hill views, nothing beats Lion Rock. There are those that are taller. There are those that are closer to the "action". But for spectacular, 360° views, smack in the centre of everything,...Read More »
There are wartime tunnels all over Hong Kong. You wouldn't know it if you weren't looking, but I guess any tunnel worth the digging should strive to make itself at least a little tough to find. The Japanese were evidently pretty busy during their three...Read More »
Down with the old, up with the new. Such is the way in contemporary China. In every major town and city the past is being replaced or sanitized in the name of tourism and commercialism, these two myopic siblings stomping hand in hand over much of the uniqueness rapidly disappearing.Read More »
All the way from Europe via Macau, the egg tart was a favourite of Hong Kong’s last British governor Chris Patten, and is one of the great culinary legacies of Hong Kong’s colonial days.Read More »
With the 25th anniversary of the events of May and June 1989 just past, , and all the talk that went with it, it seems an appropriate time to take a look at an account of those momentous few weeks from the vantage...Read More »
In the late sixteenth century, after two hundred years of rule, the Ming Dynasty seemed at the height of its achievement. From science and the arts, to governance and technology, China at this time was as advanced, if not superior to any of...Read More »
Ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Modern China has a history of elevating the carefully chosen everyman to hero, sometimes even mythic, status.
Think Wang Jinxi, better known as Iron Man Wang, the oil driller who became a symbol of proletarian perseverance in...Read More »