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What lies beneath the surface of life in Hong Kong?

Mobile libraries in Hong Kong

On my visit to Outlying Islands of Hong Kong I found something new – a banner promoting the mobile library service that visits the village of Yung Shue Wan. But on the densely populated streets of Kowloon I found another […]

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Rebranding a hotel

A few years ago I received a curious email after my visit to Hong Kong – an invitation to review the Travelodge Hotel in Kowloon, despite never having stayed there. After a moment of thought, I realised why I got […]

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Hong Kong’s high density industrial areas

Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities on earth, but it isn’t just houses that are stacked up tall – factories and warehouses are as well. Towering industry Kwai Chung is full of twenty storey buildings dedicated […]

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Hong Kong’s archaic English and ‘Litter cum Recyclable Collection Bins’

There is something that seemingly every English speaking tourist snickers about when visiting Hong Kong – the “Litter cum Recyclable Collection Bins” found on every street corner. In this case “cum” is the archaic Latin word which means “combined with” […]

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Books for learning Hong Kong Cantonese

My son has always been interested in learning Cantonese, so our last trip to Hong Kong we did the rounds of bookshops, trying to find a book on the subject. We ended up buying a copy of “Illustrated Hong Kong […]

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