China in ten words. For a nation of over a billion people, with a history of over four millennia, it seems ten words just wouldn't suffice to say all that needs to be said. With all the talk of 'China's rise' and all the volumes written recently, you could even argue ...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 after four and a half years, I'm leaving Hong Kong. Maybe I'm leaving too hastily. Maybe there's more to be done. But as another summer ...Read More »
Located in Diamond Hill, one stop from Wong Tai Temple, Chi Lin Nunnery is one of Hong Kong's must-see attractions, or so they say. Founded back in 1930 and rebuilt as recently as 2000, it is lauded as a place where East meets West - an oasis of calm amidst the high-rises. It is "a synergy of tradition and modernity" ...Read More »
If you were anywhere near Canal Road in Causeway Bay during the middle of last week, you probably couldn't help notice the commotion ...Read More »
It may look like the space rocket from 1980s cartoon Button Moon, but Central Plaza is perhaps the most elegant of all the Hong Kong skyscrapers. Completed in 1992 and standing 374 m tall, Central Plaza is 78 storeys of high-rise chunkiness that dominates the Wan Chai skyline and maybe even that of Hong Kong Island itself.Read More »
Dim sum. Is there anything that sums up Cantonese cuisine more than those two words? I spent too long in Hong Kong without sampling its delights. Now it seems barely a week goes by when I don't spend Sunday afternoon trying to hike off the calories from the feast I've just eaten.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 »
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 »
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 ...Read More »
In Part 1 of this list, we met the usual big hitters of the Chiang Mai temple scene. Wat Phra Singh, Chedi Luang and Wat Doi Sutheps all made their predictable appearance, and no list of the best Chiang Mai temples would be complete without these icons of the city.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 »