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: A Patch of Colour, A Gem of History

HONG KONG IS a colourful city. Even the most gaudily painted building can fade into the streetscape. So when a friend told me about a local hotspot known colloquially as the ‘Blue House’, I thought it could be anything. And it was hard even for my local friend to find – nestled halfway up the … More Hong Kong Hotspot: A Patch of Colour, A Gem of History

What is Lunar New Year like where there isn’t ‘Lunar New Year’?

A couple of months back I shared how Christmas is ‘celebrated’ in a part of the world which isn’t Christian. In my natural stand against cultural prejudice it followed that I would have to turn it around some day. And so we get to Lunar New Year. Lunar New Year is quite a quirky concept … More What is Lunar New Year like where there isn’t ‘Lunar New Year’?