Gweilo: Memories Of A Hong Kong Childhood

Author: Martin Booth

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409084566

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 6426


Martin Booth died in February 2004, shortly after finishing the book that would be his epitaph - this wonderfully remembered, beautifully told memoir of a childhood lived to the full in a far-flung outpost of the British Empire... An inquisitive seven-year-old, Martin Booth found himself with the whole of Hong Kong at his feet when his father was posted there in the early 1950s. Unrestricted by parental control and blessed with bright blond hair that signified good luck to the Chinese, he had free access to hidden corners of the colony normally closed to a Gweilo, a 'pale fellow' like him. Befriending rickshaw coolies and local stallholders, he learnt Cantonese, sampled delicacies such as boiled water beetles and one-hundred-year-old eggs, and participated in colourful festivals. He even entered the forbidden Kowloon Walled City, wandered into the secret lair of the Triads and visited an opium den. Along the way he encountered a colourful array of people, from the plink plonk man with his dancing monkey to Nagasaki Jim, a drunken child molester, and the Queen of Kowloon, the crazed tramp who may have been a member of the Romanov family. Shadowed by the unhappiness of his warring parents, a broad-minded mother who, like her son, was keen to embrace all things Chinese, and a bigoted father who was enraged by his family's interest in 'going native', Martin Booth's compelling memoir is a journey into Chinese culture and an extinct colonial way of life that glows with infectious curiosity and humour.

Insight Guides: Hong Kong City Guide

Author: Insight Guides

Publisher: Apa Publications (UK) Limited

ISBN: 1780057989

Category: Travel

Page: N.A

View: 5615


With its fabled urban landscape and vibrant Chinese culture, Hong Kong is one of the world's most exciting cities. Whether you want to take a bay cruise on the Star Ferry, eat and shop your way around Kowloon or find peace at an atmospheric temple, Insight City Guide Hong Kong will make sure you have the quintessential Hong Kong experience. Features by local writers delve into topics including the city's dim sum tradition, Chinese medicine and the local love of horse racing, while evocative accounts of Hong Kong's districts bring the city to life, from the dramatic vistas of the Peak to the shops and bars of lively Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, and the beaches and monasteries of the outlying territories and islands. Full-colour photography and maps help you navigate with ease, while the detailed Travel Tips directory gives you all the practical information and travel advice you need when planning what to do on your trip, including selective listings for hotel and restaurants. Whether you are new to the city or a repeat visitor, Insight City Guide Hong Kong will help you discover the very best of this fantastic destination.

Hong Kong Travel Guide 2017

Author: T Turner

Publisher: T Turner

ISBN: N.A

Category: Travel

Page: 16

View: 6164


The Hong Kong 2017 Travel Guide is the most up-to-date, reliable and complete guide to this wonderful place. Travelers will find everything they need for an unforgettable visit presented in a convenient and easy-to-use format. Includes quick information on planning a visit, navigating the location, experiencing Chinese culture and exploring the beauty of Hong Kong. Also includes a Chinese phrasebook to help you communicate with the locals.

Insight Guides City Guide Hong Kong

Author: Rough Guides

Publisher: Apa Publications (UK) Limited

ISBN: 1789193109

Category: Travel

Page: N.A

View: 1316


Insight City Guides: all you need to inspire every step of your trip. From deciding when to go, to choosing what to see when you arrive, this is all you need to plan your trip and experience the best of Hong Kong, with in-depth insider information on must-see, top attractions like Tsim Sha Tsui, Wan Chai and Happy Valley, and hidden cultural gems. - Insight City Guide Hong Kong is ideal for travellers seeking immersive cultural experiences, from exploring Po Lin Monastery, to hiking in the hills - In-depth on history and culture: enjoy special features on cuisine, performing arts and Chinese medicine, all written by local experts - Includes innovative extras that are unique in the market - Invaluable maps, travel tips and practical information ensure effortless planning - Outstanding orientation information will save you time while you explore - Excellent Editor's Choice recommendations will make your trip more memorable - Inspirational colour photography throughout - Inventive design makes for an engaging reading experience About Insight Guides: Insight Guides is a pioneer of full-colour guide books, with almost 50 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides with user-friendly, modern design. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps, as well as phrase books, picture-packed eBooks and apps to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.

A Dictionary of Writers and their Works

Author: Christopher Riches,Michael Cox

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019251850X

Category: True Crime

Page: N.A

View: 6870


Over 3,200 entries An essential guide to authors and their works that focuses on the general canon of British literature from the fifteenth century to the present. There is also some coverage of non-fiction such as biographies, memoirs, and science, as well as inclusion of major American and Commonwealth writers. This online-exclusive new edition adds 60,000 new words, including over 50 new entries dealing with authors who have risen to prominence in the last five years, as well as fully updating the entries that currently exist. Each entry provides details of a writer's nationality and birth/death dates, followed by a listing of their titles arranged chronologically by date of publication.

The Rough Guide to Hong Kong & Macau

Author: Rough Guides

Publisher: Rough Guides UK

ISBN: 1848364660

Category: Travel

Page: 336

View: 1762


The Rough Guide to Hong Kong & Macau is the comprehensive guide to this region, taking into account the vast rate of change and giving a clear focus from both a Western and Chinese perspective. Packed with information and clear maps of old buildings and local historical sites, it also has detailed accounts of outdoor activities and revised restaurant listings, from world cuisine to local Chinese dim sum lunch. The guide caters to all visitors whatever their budget. For shopping, there are comprehensive listings on where to find clothing, jewellery, electronics, art or simply souvenirs, plus advice on how to avoid getting ripped off. For those on a budget, the guide is packed with tips on how to stay, travel, eat and enjoy yourself cheaply (including a list of all the free things to do in town). Anyone in Hong Kong with more time to explore will find coverage of everything from taking the Star Ferry Ride to shopping at Temple Street market, with in-depth coverage of downtown bars, remote villages, stunning mountains and the best beaches. Make the most of your holiday with The Rough Guide to Hong Kong & Macau.

CultureShock! Hong Kong

Author: Betty Wei,Elizabeth Li

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd

ISBN: 9814435708

Category: Travel

Page: 321

View: 4976


Despite the modern high-rise buildings, international brand names and many Caucasian faces, Hong Kong still retains much of its Asian character. Learn how fung shui influences the way of life and the importance of the concept of ‘face’, which affects interpersonal relationships and business transactions. Packed with practical tips and a comprehensive resource section, CultureShock! Hong Kong is all you will need to survive and succeed in this highly competitive society.

Insight Guides Explore Hong Kong (Travel Guide eBook)

Author: Insight Guides

Publisher: Apa Publications (UK) Limited

ISBN: 1839052198

Category: Travel

Page: N.A

View: 1106


Insight Guides Explore Hong Kong Travel made easy. Ask local experts. Focused travel guide featuring the very best routes and itineraries. Discover the best of Hong Kong with this unique travel guide, packed full of insider information and stunning images. From making sure you don't miss out on must-see, top attractions like Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Disneyland and Tian Tan Buddha, to discovering cultural gems, including the stunning beaches on the Southside, the glorious Pak Tai Temple and fabulous artistic discoveries at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the easy-to-follow, ready-made walking routes will save you time, and help you plan and enhance your visit to Hong Kong. Features of this travel guide to Hong Kong: - 18 walks and tours: detailed itineraries feature all the best places to visit, including where to eat and drink along the way - Local highlights: discover the area's top attractions and unique sights, and be inspired by stunning imagery - Historical and cultural insights: immerse yourself in Hong Kong's rich history and culture, and learn all about its people, art and traditions - Insider recommendations: discover the best hotels, restaurants and nightlife using our comprehensive listings - Practical full-colour maps: with every major sight and listing highlighted, the full-colour maps make on-the-ground navigation easy - Key tips and essential information: packed full of important travel information, from transport and tipping to etiquette and hours of operation - Covers: Central District; Western District; Causeway Bay and Happy Valley; Hollywood Road; Lan Kwai Fong, Wyndham Street and Soho; Wan Chai Afternoon; Wan Chai After Dark; Victoria Peak; Southside; Tsim Sha Tsui; Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok; Lantau; Hong Kong Disneyland; Lamma; Western New Teritories Looking for a comprehensive guide to China? Check out Insight Guides China for a detailed and entertaining look at all the country has to offer. About Insight Guides: Insight Guides is a pioneer of full-colour guide books, with almost 50 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides with user-friendly, modern design. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps as well as phrase books, picture-packed eBooks and apps to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.

Global Hong Kong

Author: Cindy Wong,Gary McDonogh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317793765

Category: Social Science

Page: 324

View: 5621


Global Hong Kong locates Hong Kong in the contemporary globalizing world. Hong Kong, as the authors argue, is an archetypal place, sitting at the intersection of East and West. It is also a major center for global capital flows and world trade. Moreover, in recent years, the island's global cultural power has become increasingly evident, as Hong Kong popular culture has spread to the West via a booming film industry. While looking at issues of postcoloniality, transnationalism and economic globalization, Wong and McDonogh focus on the new cultures and social formations of contemporary Hong Kong, as well as the transformation of the physical city itself. They also trace the new interconnections - economic, demographic, social and cultural - between Hong Kong and other parts of the worldthat have benn fostered by globalization. Books in this series look at how nations and regions across the world are navigating the tumultuous currents of globalization. Concise, descriptive, interdisciplinary, and theoretically informed, they serve as ideal introductions to the peoples and places of our increasingly globalized world.

Streets

Author: Jason Wordie

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9789622098138

Category: Travel

Page: 291

View: 9614


The book starts with a district familiar to all visitors -- Tsim Sha Tsui -- but then moves into the hinterland of Kowloon, taking the reader and walker far beyond the well-known streets of tourist-oriented shops and hotels. Streets: Exploring Kowloon, like its companion, Streets: Exploring Hong Kong Island, guides the reader with maps and travel information to take 45 walks throughout Kowloon, each along a specific street pointing out historically and culturally important sites, but also the curious and the intriguing.