Get Yourself A Guide - Beijing

Marion Hume | October 21st, 2010

Photo by Amber Rowlands
Touring Beijing is a challenge especially as government-trained guides can be reluctant either to go “off script” or to speed up tours which, they’ll insist, take three hours, four hours, more. But what if you simply do not have time to learn about every tile in The Forbidden City? Have your concierge [...]

Asia, Beijing, China, Get Yourself A Guide, Miscellaneous

Go-Go-Gadget Chinese Bomb Disposal

Jamie McLellan | April 23rd, 2010

I was crossing the border into China the week before last week and spotted this rather interesting bomb disposal equipment, parked metres away from the queue in which I was standing. It seems somebody has to wheel up to the suspicious package or bag and using the go-go-gadget-like claw, pick up said object and place [...]

Asia, China

Pastel Hues of Industrial China

Jamie McLellan | May 16th, 2009

Being a product designer sees me spending significant amounts of time in Guangdong province, southern China, where a huge percentage of the worlds stuff is made. It’s a busy place, ever changing, ever growing and spending time here certainly shapes my opinions as a designer and as a consumer. A plus side to the factory [...]

Asia, China, Miscellaneous, Slideshows

Yacht Racing On Hong Kong Harbour

Jamie McLellan | November 30th, 2008

I went Etchells yacht racing on Hong Kong Harbour. The boats are stored out of the water and the owners make a phone call to the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club who arrange for their boats to be craned into the water and readied. You just turn up, go sailing for a few hours, and [...]

Asia, China, Hong Kong, Slideshows


PaperPlane | October 14th, 2007

Photo by Mike Stone
One of the biggest kite festivals in the World is held in year in the Chinese City of Weifang. People come from all over China and the world to compete in various categories such as biggest kite. highest kite and stunt kite flying. This Chinese team tried several time to launch their [...]

Asia, China, Miscellaneous

Hong Kong

PaperPlane | September 8th, 2007

Words Dan Jones
Photo Carby Tuckwell
Crammed on a piece of rock in China’s Pearl River estuary is one of the world’s most unique cities. A mash of queasy colours and screeching neon, twisting overpasses and shopping malls, Hong Kong is part ancient China, part fading British colonialism and part something else entirely. Ever since the tiny [...]

Asia, China, Hong Kong, Miscellaneous

Stopover in Hong Kong

Peter Hunt | May 30th, 2007

For a stopover in Hong Kong, try the Lanson Place Hotel, in the newly groovy Causeway Bay area which mixes the new (Prada, LV, Gucci) with the old and there are also great little lunch spots and old tea shops.

Asia, China, Hong Kong, Miscellaneous

Shanghai by Maya Villiger

Guest Contributor | March 13th, 2007

Shanghai is an amazing city of extremes. The potent clash of east meets west and undefinable wealth meets subsistence living. Once grand 1930’s French colonial homes are now jammed with families, their laundry strung like decorations on every spare wire, tree and frame. Elderly ladies push stacked wooden carts and sell fresh produce on [...]

Asia, China, Shanghai, Slideshows

Hong Kong

Jamie McLellan | December 16th, 2006

What I love about Hong Kong Island is the contrast of textures you cannot only see, but also smell and hear. Mirrored high rises tower over weathered concrete apartment blocks. Alleyways connecting shopping streets are often home to corrugated iron lean-to’s vending anything from fresh produce to electrical goods. Smells can switch from the carefully [...]

Asia, China, Hong Kong, Slideshows

The Great Wall of China-Naff Sounding Touristy Things That are Actually Completely Fabulous

Marion Hume | December 1st, 2006

The Great Wall of China might seem a bit less great when you get there on a grey, polluted day after a two hour nose-to-tail drive from Beijing which they said would take 45 minutes. The coach park is packed at Juyong Pass and much of the wall looks suspiciously new. But that that not-so-ancient [...]

Asia, China, Naff Sounding But Fabulous Touristy Things, Slideshows

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