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Ten more things China wouldn’t be China without

As I said at the time, my first list of ten things China wouldn’t be China without was in no way exhaustive. How could it be? In a land whose population is greater than that of North and South America and Western Europe combined, where each province could just as well be a country in itself, choosing ten things ...

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Photo of the Week #3: Mogwai, Sai Kung

A trip to Sai Kung last Sunday - an afternoon spent taking photographs of strange looking dogs wearing strange looking outfits. Some were dressed in tutus, some were dressed like jesters. Here's one of the few that wasn't dressed up like a ballerina or wearing Nike trainers, but I liked him all the same.

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Hong Kong Vanity Plates: Series 4

Is this the best selection of Hong Kong licence plates yet? I think it just might be. HOLE IN I from Series 3 was pretty good. But when you know there's a taxi driving around town with a personalised number plate that says TAXI on it, you know you can't rest until you've seen it ...

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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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Lion Rock, Hong Kong

Let's cut to the chase, when we talk about Hong Kong hill views, nothing beats Lion Rock. There are those that are taller. There are those that are closer to the "action". But for spectacular, 360° views, smack in the centre of everything, Lion Rock is the best of the lot.

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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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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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