The Cheung Chau Bun Festival

The Bun Festival is THE highlight in the island’s calendar. Occurring annually around the time of Lord Buddha’s birthday, the Bun Festival attracts around 100,000 people to the island. For 3 days the island is vegetarian, including McDonald’s, which is the only one in HK to have a vegetarian menu during this time. No meat is sold in the market, and the butchers enjoy a well-deserved holiday. Read more

Exploring : Noho – Cat, Gage & Gough Streets


The PRC are celebrating 60 years of Communism and today we all get a public holiday. Coupled with Mid-Autumn Festival in a couple of days time, people are feeling decidedly festive. Read more

A Mid-Autumn Tale : 2010

It’s hard to believe that a year has already passed since I wrote about the Lantern Festival letdown of 2009. The commercialism and the terrible plastic monstrosities that pass as lanterns these days – inflatable helicopters and Thomas the Tank Engine ugliness, blaring out tinny music. I vowed that no child of mine was going to have one of them…

And then?

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Exploring Wanchai


For a short while, J and I moved into a serviced apartment right at the edge of Wanchai Market. The roof of the building had an amazing viewing deck where you get a great view of the buildings and hills.  Wanchai is still one of my favourite areas of Hong Kong, retaining so much of its market and bustle character, despite the gentrification of some parts of it.

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The Haunted House of Nam Koo Terrace

This was originally posted in November 2009. Please see the end for an update on the story.

Today we woke up very early. R was up at 3am, J and I at 5 (why??), so we decided to start our day  and were out the door by 7, and wandering round the back alleys of Wanchai. I had always wanted to go and see where the haunted house of Wanchai was, so I took R up to Ship Street and we climbed the old steps to as high as we could go.

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