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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

More Japanese Tunnels on Jardine’s Lookout

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 ...

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Shing Mun Redoubt: Shing Mun Country Park

You'll not likely find it any of the guide books, but high above Tsuen Wan in Shing Mun Country Park, the remains of Hong Kong's first line of defence against the Japanese invasion during World War II, lie overgrown and unappreciated amongst the undergrowth. Constructed as part of the 13 miles of fortifications known as ...

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One day it’ll just be the buildings and plants

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.

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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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