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Hong Kong Vanity Plates: Series 5

Let's be honest, we're not going to better our last outing any time soon. TAXI is, by any reckoning, vanity plate royalty. And with faithful attendants such as Popo, Fanny Mo and Babe Yumi to accompany it, we may never see its like again (TOM CRUZ where are you?).

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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 the fledgling People's Republic after ...

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Ten more things China wouldn’t be China without

As I said at the time, my first list of ten things China wouldn’t be China without was in no way exhaustive. How could it be? In a land whose population is greater than that of North and South America and Western Europe combined, where each province could just as well be a country in itself, choosing ten things ...

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Hong Kong Vanity Plates: Series 4

Is this the best selection of Hong Kong licence plates yet? I think it just might be. HOLE IN I from Series 3 was pretty good. But when you know there's a taxi driving around town with a personalised number plate that says TAXI on it, you know you can't rest until you've seen it ...

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Hong Kong Vanity Plates: Series 3

Yes, it's Hong Kong vanity plates time again. Another ten vehicular inanities hot on the wheels of the last batch. It seems all I do now is take, edit, upload and post photographs of Hong Kong's growing army of personalised licence plates. There are so many, in fact ...

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Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong

When you've seen one temple, you've seen them all. Or so the saying goes. And while that may be true of some Hong Kong temples, there are others which you can't let such a notion allow you to miss. Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road, is one of them ...

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Typhoon Usagi is coming!
Typhoon Usagi HKO tropical cyclone track

Typhoon Usagi is coming. It's Saturday afternoon - blue skies and a hot hot 34°C day in Hong Kong. Nothing could possibly hint towards the chaos raging 700km out over the sea. There's been a subtle increase in the wind the past few hours; a few eyes rising skywards ...

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Hong Kong Vanity Plates: Series 2

I'm obsessed; it's official. I'm addicted to vanity plates. I'm addicted to vanity plates and the endless hunt to find them. Ever since my previous post on this peculiarly Hong Kong phenomenon, I can't walk down the street without making sure to check the licence plates of every car...

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Mid-Autumn Festival 2013: Full Moon Rising

It's Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 in Hong Kong, and that means colour, lights, and a whole lot of moon cake being eaten. As a festival that celebrates light and the spectacle of the full moon, mid-autumn festival is traditionally the most colourful and spectacular in Hong Kong's festival calendar.

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