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 »
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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 »
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 »
There must be something special about a bakery if you are prepared to travel all the way from Jordan to Kowloon City for no other reason than to pay it a visit. Maybe it's that special something that you can't find anywhere else.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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
I really like this picture. I've no idea what these ladies were finding so eye-wateringly amusing at 7:30 in the morning, but they seemed completely oblivious of me while I took their picture, blinded by the tears of whatever hilarity had ensued, most probably. Great days! 😂😂😂Read More »
Chinatown, Bangkok. Nowhere demonstrates the city's tendency towards non-stop sensory overload more than this 1km stretch of culinary delight along Yaowarat Road. Running from the Chinese Arch at Odeon Circle to the Ong Ang Canal in the west ...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 »