The Mongolian visa office at the consulate in Erlian opened at 8am. I was there at twenty-to. There was only one other guy there. Another arrived at around ten-past. The office still hadn’t opened and there was no one that looked like doing so.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...
I spent the afternoon after my failure to negotiate the Erlian border crossing trying to forget about my predicament. There was nothing I could do but wait. I took a walk around Erlian town but found nothing but wide dusty roads stretching into the distance.Read More »
I’d stayed the night, or what was left of it, in a cheap hotel somewhere in town that the driver had found after our late night/early morning drive from Hohhot. It cost Y100 and I was too tired to haggle. Tomorrow I needed to get my Mongolian visa, negotiate the Erlian border crossing, and get on to Zamyn-Uud.Read More »
We arrived in Hohhot on the Beijing-Hohhot train on time, 20:30, enough time to buy a ticket for the Hohhot to Erlian train leaving at 21:38. But not only were there no tickets left that night, there was no train to Erlian at all. There was no bus to Erlian when I walked across to the bus station, they’d all left earlier in the day ...Read More »
Every year in Hong Kong it's the same - the clear skies of summer give way to the dreaded haze around September, and things generally don't improve until well after the following spring. That's six months of dire views, failed photographs, and people moaning about how every year Hong Kong's air pollution gets worse.Read More »
On sticks or in a pot, in a bag or in the hand, Hong Kong street food is a curious mix of the traditional, the intriguing, and the downright weird. From egg custard tarts to curried intestines, no matter how picky or adventurous you are, the streets of Hong Kong are bound to have something to suit your taste.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 »
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 »
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!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 »
I’ve said it before, and if this were the search for the Higgs Boson we were talking about, we’d almost be at our five-sigma point by now, such is the level of inevitability. Because seemingly without fail, whenever I travel in China, the adventure begins pretty much as soon as ...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 »