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Hong Kong Frog Hunters, Mount Butler Road

Another video from my Wednesday night trip to Mount Butler, these little guys are usually very vocal, but also annoyingly difficult to actually find. There was quite a bit of water running out of the gullies off the hills thanks to all the recent rain we've had ...

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View from Sir Cecil’s Ride, Mount Butler, Hong Kong Island

So last night I finally headed out for a run into the hills (I need to make the most of it before I go back to the concrete wasteland that is Shanghai), and after a thigh-burning 5km uphill drag from Causeway Bay, I finally ended up on Sir Cecil's Ride on Mount Butler and had a great view over the city.

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Cake Thief, Beijing

Taken in Cheniandian Hutong, near Guozijian and the Confucius Temple in northern Dongcheng, Beijing, I assume this kid wasn't actually stealing cakes. It made a nice little photo nonetheless. Cheeky monkey!

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‘Texting’ @ Lion Grove Garden, Suzhou

The Lion Grove Garden, also known as Shizilin (狮子林园), is one of the nine Classical Gardens of Suzhou. It was built in 1342 during the Yuan Dynasty by a Zen Buddhist monk and is famous for its rock maze and the many strange shaped rocks that decorate the grounds.

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Japanese Tunnels on Jardine’s Lookout

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 ...

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Big Buddha at Sunset, Lantau

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!

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Where to run in Hong Kong

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 ...

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The Party by Richard McGregor

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 ...

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Behind The Wall by Colin Thubron

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 ...

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Tiananmen Moon by Philip J Cunningham

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.

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