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Photo of the Week #17: A Glimpse of England

So this is England. I’m back for my annual summer visit, and yet again, it seems even less like the country I left behind. Five years ago, this was a country of recession and cutbacks, a land in which everything from the economy to the number of books in our libraries was shrinking, and shops sold normal-sized clothes for normal-sized people. But something happened.

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Vanity Plates User Submissions Call

I may no longer be able to keep it going myself on a regular basis, but that doesn't mean the hunt for Hong Kong vanity plate gold need end so soon. As this shot from Tom proves, the gold is still out there, but it's up to you now to find.

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Ten of the Best: Hong Kong Gods & Goddesses

The streets of Hong Kong are well known for being the quintessential commercial Mecca - a neon-bathed chaos of shoppers and shops to which the faithful journey in their droves to worship at the altar of 'spending' and 'stuff'. But they are also a cultural treasure trove just waiting to be tapped ...

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Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong

If Hong Kong is the city of skyscrapers, no other building embodies this journey skywards more than the Bank of China Tower. An icon of the city and seemingly everybody's favourite Hong Kong high-rise, the Bank of China Tower has had almost twenty-five years in which to cement its place as Hong Kong's most recognisable building.

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Hong Kong Outdoors

Lion Rock, Hong Kong

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.

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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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Ten of the Best: Hong Kong Mountaintop City Views

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 ...

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Books

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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