Waking up to the news of the protests in Hong Kong this morning, watching the tear gas being thrown and the people exercising their right not to have tear gas thrown at them, I couldn't help casting my thoughts in the direction of a man who I suspect would have approved no end of the demonstrations, one Michel Foucault.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...
Two young boys entertain themselves in an alley outside their home on a rainy day in Shanghai.Read More »
Here's a cool little piece of hidden Hong Kong that I found with the help of Gwulo. It's located off Tai Tam Road in the south of Hong Kong Island and is another of the many overgrown war remnants that give an insight into Hong Kong's increasingly hidden wartime past.Read More »
For me, they are one of the most iconic of all Hong Kong sights - the red and green neon of the Hong Kong pawn shop lighting up the night, the apartments blocks with their air-con units and hanging washing in the background. This couldn't be anywhere else.Read More »
So Typhoon Vicente made a flying visit to Hong Kong last night. The first category 10 storm to hit the city in 13 years and, after three years of waiting, my first real taste of what this much-hyped typhoon business is all about. The fireworks only started around midnight.Read More »
On sticks or in a pot, in a bag or in the hand, Hong Kong street food is a curious mix of the traditional, the intriguing, and the downright weird. From egg custard tarts to curried intestines, no matter how picky or adventurous you are, the streets of Hong Kong are bound to have something to suit your taste.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 »
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 »
"Theirs not to reason why; Theirs but to do and die." Filmed over a three month period outside a Shanghai Tesco store, this is the funniest thing I've seen in a while. Make sense of it if you can. It takes the rush for a seat on the subway to a whole new level.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 »