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.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...
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.Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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.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 »
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 »
In my previous Japanese Tunnels post, we looked at the two tunnels on the north-eastern slope of Jardine's Lookout as you head down from the peak towards the quarry. The second of these is perhaps the largest and certainly most intriguing of those discovered to date - with its cavernous interior and resident brood of bats - but ...Read More »
It may come as a surprise to those unfamiliar with Hong Kong's less glamorous side, but the city isn't all shiny new skyscrapers and bustling humanity. In this city of constant renewal, where land is money and money is everything, not everything conforms to the development free-for-all that seems to be the status quo.Read More »
“We are about to arrive in our nation’s great capital,” the voice on the train’s intercom said. It was Qing Ming Festival proper, as it would be for the following two days, and if we thought people would stay home to spend quality time with their families during this brief but precious holiday, how wrong we were to dismiss the appetite for sightseeing and patriotism of the Chinese tour group..Read More »
What's worse than having a tree almost fall on you? Having a tree with a nest full of red ants almost fall on you, I reckon. And that wasn't even the first calamity to befall me on this day of rain-soaked disaster.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 »