Hong Kong Hotspot: The Forgotten Side of the Railway

THE SIGNS OF good urban planning are simple: good development. In a modern-day context, that usually means transit-oriented. The erection of a new train station is, especially in a modern Asian metropolis like Hong Kong, certain to catalyse some new mixed-use development in an area, often comprising a mall with a high-rise condominium on top. … More Hong Kong Hotspot: The Forgotten Side of the Railway

Hong Kong Hotspot: Leave Nothing Behind

Despite development being challenged by limits to growth, tradition dies hard. Many new development are built on reclaimed land nowadays while old, famous areas of town preserve their character. Think of places like Mong Kok or Tsim Sha Tsui – popular with tourists and famous internationally, yet maintaining not only ‘heritage’ buildings but your typical … More Hong Kong Hotspot: Leave Nothing Behind

Hong Kong Hotspot: Hong Kong Halloween – Spot the Characters

While Halloween may be a European tradition, much celebrated in the United States, the international community in Hong Kong takes the event very seriously. At least that is the case on the island, which the bars and nightclubs in Lan Kwai Fung use as an excuse to throw raucous parties with steep cover charges. The … More Hong Kong Hotspot: Hong Kong Halloween – Spot the Characters

Talking Trash, Singing Songs, and Working Harder Than Us

MANY OF US, both local and international, go all out on Saturday nights. But who among us is hardcore enough to party on Sunday, in the daytime? That’s something these folks have been doing, almost as an established tradition, for years. OK, to be fair, they didn’t go all out the previous night. But many … More Talking Trash, Singing Songs, and Working Harder Than Us

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WHERE DO YOU go to get the feeling of remoteness and being away from it all? If it is supposedly possible to reach paradise on the same piece of land as where many everyday Hong Kongers live, then surely it is possible to find paradise on an island separated from the rest of civilisation? In … More Hong Kong Hotspot:

Hong Kong Hotspot: Effort, Reward and a Trek to Paradise

HONG KONG UNIVERSITIES are approaching their mid-semester break, and that generally means one thing – travel. But with midterms approaching, that leaves them little time or resources to fly out. Not to worry, because Hong Kong’s contrasts extend well into nature, and while many of its nature getaways are on outlying islands, Sai Kung East … More Hong Kong Hotspot: Effort, Reward and a Trek to Paradise

Hong Kong Hotspot: Not Far, and Certainly Not ‘East’

FROM A LITERARY perspective, the predominant canon of Western publications have tended to portray China as this sort of exotic paradise to be conquered or plundered by the valiant explorer. And in many ways that has come true, such as in business. And when it comes to a business perspective, Hong Kong has emerged in … More Hong Kong Hotspot: Not Far, and Certainly Not ‘East’