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Hong Kong Vanity Plates: Series 5

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?).

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Pokfulam Village: On the run from the developers

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 ...

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The Corpse Walker by Liao Yiwu

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 ...

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Hong Kong Outdoors

Japanese Tunnels on Jardine’s Lookout

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 ...

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Big Buddha at Sunset, Lantau

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!

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Amah Rock, Lion Rock Country Park

Amah Rock (望夫石), located close to Tai Wai on the New Territories side of the Lion Rock Tunnel, is another of Hong Kong's geological curiosities with a story.

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Books

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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