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Mid-Autumn Festival 2012: How was it for you?

So the best festival of the year (sorry Chinese New Year) has now been and gone. All those lanterns; all those lights. Tai Hang turned into a smoky vision of hell as the Fire Dragon wound around its streets. Victoria Park turned into a spectacle of burning candles, glowing ninjas, and ...

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Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, Hong Kong

Performed for well over 100 years in the Tai Hang area of Causeway Bay, the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance has grown from a village ritual into one of the most popular events of Hong Kong’s mid-autumn festival celebrations. It is hard to imagine when you visit the area now, but Tai Hang was once ...

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Crowds of tourists entering the Forbidden City, Beijing

Ten things China wouldn’t be China without

There are so many things about China that seem bizarre when compared to life back home that I could be sitting here listing them all night. China wouldn’t be China without the interesting public toilet situation. China wouldn’t be China without instant noodles and Abibas sportswear.

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Say cheese! It’s Chinese Domestic Tourism Day

Visit any major tourist site in China - or even any local point of interest for that matter - and you’ll likely witness it yourself. Maybe it’ll be the identical baseball caps you notice first, bobbing along in the collective safety of the sightseeing pack ...

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Ten of the Best: Hong Kong Mountaintop City Views

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 ...

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One day it’ll just be the buildings and plants

It may come as a surprise to those unfamiliar with Hong Kong's less glamorous side, but the city isn't all shiny new skyscrapers and bustling humanity. In this city of constant renewal, where land is money and money is everything, not everything conforms to the development free-for-all that seems to be the status quo.

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More Japanese Tunnels on Jardine’s Lookout

In my previous Japanese Tunnels post, we looked at the two tunnels on the north-eastern slope of Jardine's Lookout as you head down from the peak towards the quarry. The second of these is perhaps the largest and certainly most intriguing of those discovered to date - with its cavernous interior and resident brood of bats - but ...

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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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