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Photo of the Week #12: CY Leung Gets Egged

Poor old CY Leung. Not only is he a complete non-entity as a politician - a man for whom the words "in the best interests of Hong Kongers" elicit no more than a vacant blink and a confused shake of the head - but he's now been caricatured and repeatedly egged for all to see at the annual Lunar New Year fair in Victoria Park.

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Central Plaza, Hong Kong

It may look like the space rocket from 1980s cartoon Button Moon, but Central Plaza is perhaps the most elegant of all the Hong Kong skyscrapers. Completed in 1992 and standing 374 m tall, Central Plaza is 78 storeys of high-rise chunkiness that dominates the Wan Chai skyline and maybe even that of Hong Kong Island itself.

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Film Review: A Better Tomorrow (1986)

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 ...

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DCHL vs the Mainland: Round 2

There were more fun and games outside the Digital Crown Holdings HK (DCHL) offices in Causeway Bay yesterday. In a second day of protests against the Hong Kong company, a crowd of angry mainlanders threatened to storm the premises during the midday demonstration, forcing DCHL to close its doors in order to avoid ...

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Know Your Gods: Guanyin

Is she a he or a she? Or does he just look like a she? Or perhaps she was always a she and never a he in the first place; it's sometimes hard to tell. With the opened shirt and lipstick any one of us could have made the same mistake. Plus it was dark and we'd all had a bit to drink. Known variously as Guan Yin, Kwan Yin ...

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Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan

If you're in Hong Kong and find yourself overcome by the sudden urge to get your hands on some Mao memorabilia or a Bruce Lee movie poster or two, there's no better place to go, than Upper Lascar Row. More commonly known as Cat Street Market, it is said the name derives from the days when it was the most ...

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Is Hong Kong Killing Me?

Will I ever shake this cold, if a cold is what it is? The running nose, the hacking cough, my lungs seemingly swimming in a Fukushima kind of green. I'm either the unwitting host of something nasty, or this air is slowly killing me.

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Hong Kong Street Food Stalls

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 ...

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Hong Kong Vanity Plates: Series 7

It's been a while, but after the short, sharp waste of twenty minutes that was The Hong Kong Vanity Plate Challenge, we're back to rather less obsessive matters this time around. Though I admit my radar has been a little lacking of late, my Hong Kong wanderings are still turning up the usual licence plate lunacy ...

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