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 »
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.Read More »
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.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 »
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, Lion Rock is the best of the lot.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 discovered to date - with its cavernous interior and resident brood of bats - but ...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 the fledgling People's Republic after ...Read More »
Running between Thailand's principal two cities is, unsurprisingly, Thailand's most popular railway. Stretching 751 km from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in the mountainous north, Thailand's Northern Line is the perfect way to travel from the chaos of the capital up to the "new city".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 »