For me, they are one of the most iconic of all Hong Kong sights - the red and green neon of the Hong Kong pawn shop lighting up the night, the apartments blocks...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...
Sign number two of our ongoing series concerns Chinese bathroom etiquette. Now, depending on the type of establishments you frequent in China, you may think bathroom etiquette is of such little concern that...Read More »
It's one of the last photos I took in Hong Kong, from up on Lugard Road on The Peak. I'd already been up there plenty of times before but I'd never really had...Read More »
Ah, the New Year Flower Market in Victoria Park, usually a cold shuffle through the crowds with not a flicker of sunlight in sight. But not this year.
It's been a beautiful week in Hong Kong. In fact, it's been a beautiful month - four weeks of blue skies and not a cloud in the sky to spoil it; a blessing for photography during one of the most colorful periods of the year. All that red and gold, all those colours and flowers, it just wouldn't look the same in the overcast gloom of the past few New Years. Maybe it’s because it’s come a little earlier this year. Or maybe we just got lucky. Either way, I’ll be offering my own prayers to the gods of good photo weather as soon as I get chance.Read More »
It's one of the last photos I took in Hong Kong, from up on Lugard Road on The Peak. I'd already been up there plenty of times before but I'd never really had the clear skies and haze-free views that I'd been looking for. This time, however, a couple of weeks before I left, it was as perfect as I could have hoped. If you look closely, just to the right of ICC in the picture, you can even see Ma On Shan way off into the distance. I couldn't have asked for a clearer evening.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 »
Emei Shan is 150 km south of Chengdu in China's vast western province of Sichuan. I visited at the end of 2010, and despite cracking a rib after falling down icy steps and enduring what I refered to at the time as "the most miserable night I’ve ever spent anywhere" ...Read More »
For some, the coming together of the words street and food is the gourmet equivalent of pairing car with crash, or drive-by with shooting - it shouldn't happen, it mustn't happen, but on street corners around the world, for reasons beyond our control, it does happen, and all too often too.
Indeed, the very concept of street food, particularly in Hong Kong, would most likely have such people breaking out in trembles and sweats for fear they were about to be forced to confront the awful realities of a dining experience that, for so long, remained nothing more than a fiction used by parents to frighten children into eating their greens. 'Eat your broccoli or next time it'll be octopus on a stick.' 'Finish your peas or tomorrow you'll be having organs.' Well, in Hong Kong, it seems, that fear isn't so misplaced.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 »
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 »
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 »