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Hong Kong Vanity Plates: Series 7

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 ...

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Photo of the Week #8: Porcupine on The Peak

I saw a porcupine on The Peak on Friday evening. In fact, I saw two. Heading back from a very cold couple of hours high up on High West, I was making my way along Lugard Road to catch the bus when, rustling out of the undergrowth about fifteen metres in front of me, a rather large and ...

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Ten of the Best: Hong Kong Cooked Food Centres

Whether you know them as cooked food centres, dai pai dongs (大牌檔) or still don't yet know them at all, the communal consumption of cheap and tasty Cantonese cuisine in the boisterous setting in which it is enjoyed best, has been part of the Hong Kong eating experience for over a century.

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Hong Kong Camera Club: Part 1

Hong Kongers are pretty well known for their love of a good photo. There are the photos of food before meals with friends and the pouting and peace signs afterwards. There are the photos of, or in front of, anything illuminated which could possibly be described as a 'display'.

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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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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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Where to run in Hong Kong

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 ...

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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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