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 »
Performed for well over 100 years in the Tai Hang area of Causeway Bay, the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance has grown from a village ritual into one of the most popular events of Hong Kong’s mid-autumn festival celebrations. It is hard to imagine when you visit the area now, but Tai Hang was once ...Read More »
Maybe I'm biased. Maybe my two-minute proximity to the good stuff makes this write-up a little one-sided. Or maybe my judgement is still clouded by all that sweet and sour chicken I ate there last night. But I doubt it.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 »
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 »
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 »
The journey from Ayutthaya to Koh Chang had taken the best part of the previous day. After an early train to Bangkok and a five-an-a-half hour minivan ride some 350 km east to catch the ferry to the island, we embarked on mountainous, petrol-inhaling songthaew ride that had us checked-in and chilling out an hour or so before sundown.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 »