Let's be honest, we're not going to better our last outing any time soon. TAXI is, by any reckoning, vanity plate royalty. And with faithful attendants such as Popo, Fanny Mo and Babe Yumi to accompany it, we may never see its like again (TOM CRUZ where are you?).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...
After the news emerged last week that Pokfulam Village (薄扶林村) has been included on the 2014 World Monuments Fund list of cultural heritage sites in need of preservation, I took a trip to Hong Kong Island's Southern District to see what all the fuss was about ...Read More »
Ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Modern China has a history of elevating the carefully chosen everyman to hero, sometimes even mythic, status. Think Wang Jinxi, better known as Iron Man Wang, the oil driller who became a symbol of proletarian perseverance in the fledgling People's Republic after ...Read More »
According to estimates, the number of Africans in Guangzhou can be put at anywhere between 20,000 and 200,000. Since the late 1990s, the city has been a magnet for African traders looking to capitalize on the growing demand for cheap goods back home and ...Read More »
Is she a he or a she? Or does he just look like a she? Or perhaps she was always a she and never a he in the first place; it's sometimes hard to tell. With the opened shirt and lipstick any one of us could have made the same mistake. Plus it was dark and we'd all had a bit to drink. Known variously as Guan Yin, Kwan Yin ...Read More »
For some, the coming together of the words street and food is the gourmet equivalent of pairing car with crash, or drive-by with shooting - it shouldn't happen, it mustn't happen, but on street corners around the world, for reasons beyond our control, it does happen, and all too often too. Indeed, the very concept ...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 »
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 »
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 »
"Theirs not to reason why; Theirs but to do and die." Filmed over a three month period outside a Shanghai Tesco store, this is the funniest thing I've seen in a while. Make sense of it if you can. It takes the rush for a seat on the subway to a whole new level.Read More »
Is it a girl? Is it a boy? Too young to be the sole proprietor of a Bangkok mobile fruit stall, that's for sure. But give the young guy credit. It isn't easy running a business. "Especially with the way things are nowadays," he said.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 »