Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong, better known as plain old IFC. It's nobody's favourite Hong Kong skyscraper, yet it's the one you can't seem to escape. Rising 88 floors above Central, all phallic and unsubtle, it has neither the quirky charm of the Bank of China Tower, nor the stately elegance of Central Plaza.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...
Another one from this summer's Putuoshan trip, the Guanyin statue, located at the southern tip of the island, was only built in 1998, but it has become the island's most recognisable symbol, attracting millions of pilgrims every year who come to worship at her feet.Read More »
My great idea to get out of the city to check out the beautiful autumn colours didn't exactly turn into the relaxing afternoon I'd anticipated.Read More »
It was supposed to be a festival of running, a celebration of individual achievement beneath the blue skies of Beijing. Instead, the 2014 Beijing Marathon made headlines around the world for very different reasons, demonstrating not the city's suitability as a place for staging international events, but one which is increasingly a city not fit for any habitable purpose.Read More »
When it comes to Hong Kong temples, Wong Tai Sin may be the most famous of them all. Said to be the temple at which every prayer comes true, it may only be a little over 90 years old, but what it lacks in ancient history, it more than makes up for with its wish-granting popularity. Home to not one, not two, but three religions ...Read More »
In my ongoing search for cooked food perfection, there are some places that almost recommend themselves. Amid the uproar of the second floor, above the meat stalls and butchery of another Municipal Services Building, Tung Po Seafood Restaurant (東寶小館) at Java Road Cooked Food Centre ( 渣華道熟食中心) in North Point ...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 »
It may come as a surprise to those unfamiliar with Hong Kong's less glamorous side, but the city isn't all shiny new skyscrapers and bustling humanity. In this city of constant renewal, where land is money and money is everything, not everything conforms to the development free-for-all that seems to be the status quo.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 »
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's always something going on at Lu Xun Park. Whether it's disco dancing uncles, karaoke singing grandmas, or an impromptu gathering of the local Brass Blowers Anonymous group, it's guaranteed to be noisy, and if crowds are not your thing, this definitely isn't the place for you.Read More »
The ticket cost around 800THB - a second class, air-conditioned sleeper carriage for the 680km journey from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya. After yesterday's morning with the monks at Wat Phra Singh, I'd said an emotional farewell to my trusty red devil before I was back in the back of another songthaew ...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 »