Yes, Hong Kong Chinese are all dogs. And they smell. Maybe. At least, that’s what a Chinese professor at the prestigious 北京大学 （Peking University) said. So what is it all about? Well, there are two issues here. The first is Hong Kong’s identity in the world and within China. The second is a bowl of noodles on Hong Kong’s underground, the MTR. Continue reading “Hong Kongers are all dogs!”
I came across this cartoon on Global Times, a Chinese Newspaper in English (www.globaltimes.cn). The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, together with the badly injured Euro kid is knocking at the gates of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The Forbidden City had been the center of Chinese politics for hundreds of years. Now, it is Zhongnanhai, just on the other side of the road.
This cartoon very nicely depicts the current situation. The rich, debt-ridden countries of Europe ask poor China for money. “Hold on”, you might think, “China’s poor and Europe’s rich? Isn’t it the other way round?”. Well, it really depends how you see it.
I’m a huge fan of Chinese food. I love all kind of dumplings, rice and noodles. Particularly I’m fond of Cantonese Dim Sum and Sichuan cuisine which is very spicy. But sometimes I just crave for Western food. Bread, salad and nice burgers. On my last holiday I came across one of the best burgers I had in China so far – in Lijiang. Continue reading “China’s best burger”
Cypris Hill’s “Hits from the bong” came to my mind when wandering through Dali, a city in China’s Yunnan province, 160km south of Lijiang. The locals sit outside their shops with a pipe that resembles a bong in appearance and – from a functional point of view – is entirely the same as it’s western counterpart. Continue reading “Dali – Hits from the bong….”
“Where do you go?” was a question I often heard when telling friends and family that I will head to Lijiang in China’s Yunnan province. Every Chinese knows Lijiang but the city is almost unknown outside China, despite being one of the most beautiful places in China and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sometimes you come across a landscape that is so stunningly beautiful you just stand there, speechless and in awe what Mother Nature is capable of. That’s the feeling you will have when seeing the Tiger Leaping Gorge in China’s Yunnan province for the fist time.
The gorge is one of the world deepest. Mountains up to 4500m stand majestically on either side. Continue reading “Tiger Leaping Gorge – one place you shouldn’t miss”
When the iPhone 4S hit the stores in Hong Kong a few weeks ago it was sold out within one hour. On the Apple Hong Kong Online store it even lasted only eight minutes. Continue reading “iPhone madness in China”
Without a doubt, China will be the world power in the 21st century. With 1.1. billion consumers it is only a matter of time until it will surpass the U.S. as the biggest economy before she will be surpassed by India, sometime in the second part of the 21st century. Continue reading “When will China overtake the U.S.?”
I hopped over to Macau for the weekend to enjoy some fantastic Portuguese seafood. Most people who come to for a visit Hong Kong only stay in the former British colony. Unfortunately they don’t make it over to Macau, but it’s worth a visit. Simply a day tour to Macau is enough to see most of what the former Portuguese colony has in stock. Continue reading “Macau – Hong Kong’s neglected little brother”