“We are about to arrive in our nation’s great capital,” the voice on the train’s intercom said. It was Qing Ming Festival proper, as it would be for the following two days, and if we thought people would stay home to spend quality time with their families during this brief but precious holiday, how wrong we were to dismiss the appetite for sightseeing and patriotism of the Chinese tour group..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...
There are two types of people in this world: those who see street food as a one way ticket to toilet town, and those - let’s say, more adventurous souls - who see it as the guiding principle of their entire travel experience. Indeed, there are even those who would go so far as to ...Read More »
As I noted in my previous post Saigon: Motorbike Capital of the World, crossing the road in Vietnam at first seems impossible. How to step willingly into an incessant wave of oncoming traffic and not succumb to the flood, is something that not only seems to ...Read More »
If you’ve only got one day in Saigon in which to savour the city and don’t want to find yourself collapsed in a ball of over-sightseed stress by the end of the day, you’re going to have to make some fairly tough decisions about what to do and where to go in order to get the most out of your 24 hours.Read More »
Dim sum. Is there anything that sums up Cantonese cuisine more than those two words? I spent too long in Hong Kong without sampling its delights. Now it seems barely a week goes by when I don't spend Sunday afternoon trying to hike off the calories from the feast I've just eaten.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 »
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.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 »
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 ...Read More »
Usually referred to as Chinese Chess in the West, xiangqi is as common a sight in China as mass public dancing and random bouts of karaoke. Anywhere you see a group of guys gathered in a park or on a street corner, you can be pretty sure they're playing xiangqi. Failing that, they'll be playing cards, because that's just what guys do.Read More »
Not usually one for posting photos of myself, I feel a brief exception can be made this time, if only for the sake of spreading a little Buddhist wisdom on a Sunday afternoon. I'm not sure whether the Buddha actually said as much when contemplating the relative merits of the work-shy and the handsome ...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 »