In Part 1 of this list, we met the usual big hitters of the Chiang Mai temple scene. Wat Phra Singh, Chedi Luang and Wat Doi Sutheps all made their predictable appearance, and no list of the best Chiang Mai temples would be complete without these icons of the city.Read More »
Hong Kong may be lacking in some things - space, affordable housing, income equality and competition...
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So here we are again, back with another quiz (if you can call it that). Another ten Chinese characte...
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The Chinese written language is a miracle of human achievement. Constituting the oldest continuously used system of writing in the world, its development stretches back at least three thousand years to the oracle bones of the Shang dynasty and probably more.Read More »
Chiang Mai is a city with no shortage of temples. Since its founding over 700 years ago, over 300 different wats have come to define the city's character and made it one of Thailand's go-to places for temple lovers everywhere.Read More »
A common Tiger (Danaus genutia) butterfly clings to a flower in Hong KongRead More »
I'm not going to say anything cynical in this post. Though perhaps in saying that I already have. But isn't it (lowers his voice in case anyone likely to be offended overhears) ... isn't the first week of November a bit early to be putting the Christmas lights up?Read More »
The good things in life don't always come easy. That's as true in the world of Cooked Food Centres as anywhere else. Sure, you could stick around the island and poke your head into Tung Po Seafood Restaurant or Bowrington Road Cooked Food Centre every once in a while.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 »
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 ...Read More »
Amah Rock (望夫石), located close to Tai Wai on the New Territories side of the Lion Rock Tunnel, is another of Hong Kong's geological curiosities with a story.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 »
If my approach to the Fragrant Hills had been an unwelcome shock to the system as my anticipated relaxing getaway had turned into something akin to the closing stages of a disaster movie, it had at least prepared me for what was to come on my escape, when the full horror of the Chinese tourist trap was laid before me, crowds, chaos, noise, and all.Read More »
Is it a girl? Is it a boy? Too young to be the sole proprietor of a Bangkok mobile fruit stall, that's for sure. But give the young guy credit. It isn't easy running a business. "Especially with the way things are nowadays," he said.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 »