Messi, Ronaldo and Robben in Ditan Park, Beijing, preparing for the latest Nike video shoot. You think you could challenge ...Read More »
Hong Kong may be lacking in some things - space, affordable housing, income equality and competition...
The good things in life don't always come easy. That's as true in the world of Cooked Food Centres a...
So here we are again, back with another quiz (if you can call it that). Another ten Chinese characte...
That’s entertainment! At first, there were just two guys holding a bunch of monkeys attached t...
On sticks or in a pot, in a bag or in the hand, Hong Kong street food is a curious mix of the tradit...
First it was the BBC, then it was the Telegraph, now it seems I’ve reached some kind of milestone on the way to travel photography greatness by stumbling across one of my photos, hidden away in the dusty archives of the China section of the Lonely Planet website. Giddy heights indeed!Read More »
I really like this picture. I've no idea what these ladies were finding so eye-wateringly amusing at 7:30 in the morning, but they seemed completely oblivious of me while I took their picture, blinded by the tears of whatever hilarity had ensued, most probably. Great days! 😂😂😂Read More »
After ten days in Hong Kong, it's finally time to head back to the post-apocalyptic free-for-all that is Shanghai. See you soon Hong Kong!Read More »
Imagine a place perched on a hill. A mystical place where ten thousand buddhas, all golden and praying for hair transplants, overlook the town below. A place of pavilions and pagodas four hundred steps up, where incense swirls and life-sized statues welcome you to their sleepy retreat. Well, get yourself to Sha Tin ...Read More »
Whether you know them as cooked food centres, dai pai dongs (大牌檔) or still don't yet know them at all, the communal consumption of cheap and tasty Cantonese cuisine in the boisterous setting in which it is enjoyed best, has been part of the Hong Kong eating experience for over a century.Read More »
It always surprises people when I mention the fact that the thing I love most about Hong Kong are the mountains and the hiking. "Hong Kong has mountains?" they say. To which I usually reply with something geeky like quoting the number of country parks and ...Read More »
Where to run in Hong Kong? It's a question that plagued my first few months in the city. When all around it seems that traffic, crowds and concrete have conspired to thwart your desire to run far and run free, Hong Kong can appear as far from a runner's paradise as you can get. In fact, it can seem the very opposite ...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 years and eight months occupation of Hong Kong ...Read More »
Here he is again. Fresh out of Lightroom. And I’m rather bloody pleased with this one. Taken a few months ago when I was still in Hong Kong, ticking off photos from my list of those that still needed taking, now he’s sitting pretty in my Hong Kong Portfolio. Check it out!Read More »
I’d stayed the night, or what was left of it, in a cheap hotel somewhere in town that the driver had found after our late night/early morning drive from Hohhot. It cost Y100 and I was too tired to haggle. Tomorrow I needed to get my Mongolian visa, negotiate the Erlian border crossing, and get on to Zamyn-Uud.Read More »
Not usually one for posting photos of myself, I feel a brief exception can be made this time, if only for the sake of spreading a little Buddhist wisdom on a Sunday afternoon. I'm not sure whether the Buddha actually said as much when contemplating the relative merits of the work-shy and the handsome ...Read More »
When Rupert Murdoch attended a dinner in Beijing in the late 1990s, he remarked that in all his visits to China, he had yet to meet a Communist. A strange remark indeed considering he was dining in by far the largest Communist state in the world ...Read More »
1986. Mao Zedong was ten years dead, the Tiananmen Square 'incident' was still three years away, and China was optimistic about the future. Only a few years before, the country had been all but inaccessible to foreigners. Still struggling with the trauma of the Cultural Revolution ...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 point of someone who was actually there.Read More »