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God is Red by Liao Yiwu

A centenarian nun, a martyred minister, a blind musician and a Yi village ceremony, God is Red by Liao Yiwu, is not so much a book about Christianity, but a book about the struggle of those who practice it in the world's largest Communist state.

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Che Kung Temple, Tai Wai

Che Kung Temple (車公廟) is another of those Hong Kong temples dedicated not to a spiritual entity that may or may not exist, but to a genuine historical figure. Like Hong Kong's favourite god Guan Yu, Che Kung made his name as a military general.

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Protestors mount roof as DCHL comes under fire

It's 1:30am and the protest is still going on across the road from my flat. If I look out of my window I can see four fire engines, two police vans and an ambulance, and my view isn't even that good. They are there because of a group of mainland protesters have installed themselves ...

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Know Your Gods: Guan Yu

Guan Yu (关羽), also known as Guan Gong (关公), also known as Guan Di (关帝), Guan Yunchang (关云长), and the Marquis Zhuangmou. He may go by many names, but up close and in person, 'the one with the red face' cannot be mistaken for anyone else.

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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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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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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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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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