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...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...
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...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,...Read More »
I've received a couple of emails recently asking my thoughts on photographing people in Hong Kong. Are people generally quite open about having their photograph taken when I'm out and about on the streets? Do I ask permission from the people I photograph beforehand or am I trying my hardest not to be seen when I'm there? Given that it's a subject I suspect a fair few of you may be interested in sharing your views on, I'll try and put down my own thoughts here and hopefully open up the discussion.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 »
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve since 1997, Jiuzhaigou National Park is not only one of the wonders of Sichuan, but arguably one of the wonders of China itself. With lakes so clear you can see the bottom tens of meters down and water iridescent with blues, greens and turquoise, all backed by forested slopes and snow-whitened peaks, its commonly attested other-worldliness is justified.Read More »
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...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 »