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 ...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...
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.Read More »
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!Read More »
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.Read More »
Poor old CY Leung. Not only is he a complete non-entity as a politician - a man for whom the words "in the best interests of Hong Kongers" elicit no more than a vacant blink and a confused shake of the head - but he's now been caricatured and repeatedly egged for all to see at the annual Lunar New Year fair in Victoria Park.Read More »
There are not many places left in Hong Kong that do dim sum the way dim sum used to be done. In fact, with its steamer-stacked trolleys and a setting that seems to have remained unchanged in decades, Lin Heung Tea House (蓮香居) could very well be the last of its kind.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 »
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 »
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 »
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.Read More »
I'd heard about Bangkok's David Beckham temple a while back. I'd read stories about a forgotten corner of a forgotten temple outside of town where a golden statue of his likeness had been built into the altar. It was a likeness that, by all accounts, bore only a passing resemblance to the man himself.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 »