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The Buddha & The Butcher

The things you notice when you're sorting through your photos. I could see him sitting under a tree, legs crossed in the lotus position, striving for nirvana. Though maybe he'd have to finish scaling and slicing his fish first.

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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 Hong Kong trading houses, it was apparently nicknamed the Building of 1000 Assholes when it first opened.

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Wartime Bunker off Tai Tam Road

Here's a cool little piece of hidden Hong Kong that I found with the help of Gwulo. It's located off Tai Tam Road in the south of Hong Kong Island and is another of the many overgrown war remnants that give an insight into Hong Kong's increasingly hidden wartime past.

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Pawn Shop, Kowloon

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 with their air-con units and hanging washing in the background. This couldn't be anywhere else.

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Chinese Signs #1: Please fasten your seat belt

After my latest long-distance bus adventure in China, traveling from Putuoshan to Hangzhou last week, I decided it might be useful to start a Chinese Signs series in order to firstly, brush up on my own Chinese, and secondly, to try and share a few new characters for those who are living or travelling in China and attempting to learn some of the language in the meantime.

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For your safety invite fasten good safety belt

I'm writing this on my way to Hangzhou from three days spent on Putuoshan. I'm on a long distance bus, the outside temperature display is reading 37 C, and I have my seatbelt on. Ordinarily, this last point wouldn't warrant much of a mention. But in a country in which wearing a seatbelt is seen as more of an option than a necessity, the fact that I have a seatbelt to wear is itself something of a novelty.

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Nam Long Shan Road Cooked Food Centre
Deep fried spring rolls

I wrote recently about Amporn Thai Food restaurant at Kowloon City Cooked Food Centre. It’s pretty great. The food is lovely and as far as Hong Kong Cooked Food Centres go, it’s up there with the best of them. For a while, there wasn’t any other place in Hong Kong I’d go if I was in the mood for Thai food.

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Photographing People in Hong Kong

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?

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