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Jardine House, Hong Kong

Located at 1 Connaught Place, Central, Jardine House was the original Hong Kong skyscraper. Built in 1972 as the third incarnation of the headquarters of the Jardine Matheson company, one of the original...

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The Avenue of Toads, Putuoshan

We've had the Cave of Toads. Now here comes the Avenue of Toads. And if I was surprised by my morning's amphibious discoveries, it was nothing compared to what would confront me that...

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More Japanese Tunnels on Jardine’s Lookout

More Japanese Tunnels on Jardine’s Lookout

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...

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Lion Rock, Hong Kong

Lion Rock, Hong Kong

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,...

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Japanese Tunnels on Jardine’s Lookout

Japanese Tunnels on Jardine’s Lookout

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...

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God is Red by Liao Yiwu

God is Red by Liao Yiwu

A centenarian nun, a martyred minister, a blind musician and a Yi village ceremony, God is Red by Liao Yiwu, is not so much a book about Christianity, but a book about the struggle of those who practice it in the world's largest...

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The Search for Modern China by Jonathan D. Spence

The Search for Modern China by Jonathan D. Spence

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...

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The Corpse Walker by Liao Yiwu

The Corpse Walker by Liao Yiwu

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...

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