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.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...
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
After ten days in Hong Kong, it's finally time to head back to the post-apocalyptic free-for-all that is Shanghai. See you soon Hong Kong!Read More »
I wrote recently about Amporn Thai Food restaurant at Kowloon City Cooked Food Centre. It’s pretty great. The food is lovely and as far as Hong Kong Cooked Food Centres go, it’s up there with the best of them. For a while, there wasn’t any other place in Hong Kong I’d go if I was in the mood for Thai food.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 »
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.Read More »
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 ...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 »
There was a time when Ayutthaya was one of the largest cities in the world. At the beginning of the 18th century, a population of almost a million had made the city the most important trading post in Asia. Merchants from India, China, South East Asia and even Europe ...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 »