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Mid-Autumn Festival 2013: Full Moon Rising

It's Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 in Hong Kong, and that means colour, lights, and a whole lot of moon cake being eaten. As a festival that celebrates light and the spectacle of the full moon, mid-autumn festival is traditionally the most colourful and spectacular in Hong Kong's festival calendar.

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Bowrington Road Wet Market

Hong Kong’s Best Wet Markets: Bowrington Road

Nestled in the shadow of Times Square on the edge of Hong Kong's Wan Chai district, Bowrington Road wet market encapsulates the contradictory nature of this city of contrasts. While Causeway Bay's commercial frenzy goes on across the way, Bowrington Road gives a glimpse of a city that ...

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Nice Car? No Taste? Get yourself some vanity plates

So you've bought yourself a brand new car. You've dreamt about it for months, caressed the brochures, settled into comfy leather in the showroom, and now it's yours to whizz about in and give everyone a look. But this is Hong Kong we're talking about ...

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Don Hong-Oai: Photography as Art

Born in Guangzhou in 1929, Don Hong-Oai left China to live in Vietnam at the age of seven after the death of his parents. As a young man, he apprenticed at a photography studio in Saigon, travelling and honing his skills in his spare time. It was here that he became interested in ...

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Hong Kong Outdoors

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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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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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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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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