I'm not going to say anything cynical in this post. Though perhaps in saying that I already have. But isn't it (lowers his voice in case anyone likely to be offended overhears) ... isn't the first week of November a bit early to be putting the Christmas lights up?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...
As I noted in my previous post Graffiti Wisdom Part 1, when you've been in Hong Kong a certain length of time, you sometimes crave a bit of grunge. When it seems the city is nothing more than a glorified shopping mall, with no more soul than a white man in a Southern Baptist choir ...Read More »
Surrounded by high-rise apartment blocks in southern Wong Tai Sin District, Nga Tsin Wai Tsuen (衙前圍村), otherwise known as Nga Tsin Walled Village, looks like the last place you'd expect to find anything of historical interest.Read More »
The friable fake will fall, oh yes they will. And like tall trees too. Which I guess means from a great height and rather heavily. Not only that, but just so you know, what we do echos [sic] in now. So ... erm ... just do it.Read More »
The flag lowering ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square is carried out at 6pm every evening by young recruits of the Hong Kong police force.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 »
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 »
Here he is again. Fresh out of Lightroom. And I’m rather bloody pleased with this one. Taken a few months ago when I was still in Hong Kong, ticking off photos from my list of those that still needed taking, now he’s sitting pretty in my Hong Kong Portfolio. Check it out!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 Chinese written language is a miracle of human achievement. Constituting the oldest continuously used system of writing in the world, its development stretches back at least three thousand years to the oracle bones of the Shang dynasty and probably more.Read More »
Chatuchak market; market of markets; Bangkok bargain behemoth. No other place can claim such legendary status when it comes to Bangkok shopping as the 8000-stall labyrinth that is JJ. You can try and limit your time there. You can set yourself rules. But ...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 »