What to say about Series 9 other than it comes sandwiched pretty unsurprisingly between Series 8 and Series 10 in this procession of poncery? Adjectives are the theme, if there is one, each begging the question "why?" Series 10 is already ready to go ...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 here we are, my first breakfast in Shanghai - a lovely bowl of congee (zhōu 粥) and eight tasty guōtiē (锅贴). It's pretty much the typical Chinese breakfast - fried pork dumplings and a rice porridge that came to around Y9. A bargain in anyone's language.Read More »
How did four and a half years go by so quickly? That's the question I've been asking myself. I'm still not sure of the answer, but go by they did, and now, like all good things must, my time in Hong Kong has come to an end. Last Tuesday I boarded my Shanghai-bound train in Hung Hom, and my life as a mainlander began.Read More »
It's been a while, but after the short, sharp waste of twenty minutes that was The Hong Kong Vanity Plate Challenge, we're back to rather less obsessive matters this time around. Though I admit my radar has been a little lacking of late, my Hong Kong wanderings are still turning up the usual licence plate lunacy ...Read More »
The good things in life don't always come easy. That's as true in the world of Cooked Food Centres as anywhere else. Sure, you could stick around the island and poke your head into Tung Po Seafood Restaurant or Bowrington Road Cooked Food Centre every once in a while.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 »
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 »
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.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 »
According to estimates, the number of Africans in Guangzhou can be put at anywhere between 20,000 and 200,000. Since the late 1990s, the city has been a magnet for African traders looking to capitalize on the growing demand for cheap goods back home and ...Read More »
Chinatown, Bangkok. Nowhere demonstrates the city's tendency towards non-stop sensory overload more than this 1km stretch of culinary delight along Yaowarat Road. Running from the Chinese Arch at Odeon Circle to the Ong Ang Canal in the west ...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 »