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Dim Sum Dialogues: Ngong Ping

Dim Sum Dialogues: Ngong Ping The world's largest outdoor seated bronze buddha. It sounds more like an obscure sports statistic than a record for a religious statue - and it left me to wonder - where does the largest indoor standing silver buddha reside? My skepticism about the buddha at Ngong Ping...

Dim Sum Dialogues: Double Happiness

Dim Sum Dialogues: Double Happiness In a continuation from yesterday on my post about Hong Kong weddings, I wanted to shed some light on the interesting history behind a prominent symbol that can be found decorating virtually every wedding in China. Double Happiness. Sometimes translated as "double...

Dim Sum Dialogues: Love & Marriage

Dim Sum Dialogues: Love & Marriage Weddings in Hong Kong are big business. In every district, small shops advertise dress tailoring, videography or photography packages, and event planning services. Go into any of the big hotels on a weekend and you'll find over 300 people congregating in the grand...

Dim Sum Dialogues: Family Business

Dim Sum Dialogues: Family Business I arrive at the Houston Center of East Tsim Sha Tsui dripping in sweat - a product of the battle between Hong Kong's unforgiving humidity and my mild-weather Californian blood. I'm here to meet with 23-year-old Ray Lok, a mutual friend and aspiring businessman in Hong...

Bruce Lee's former home may become a museum

Bruce Lee's former home may become a museum The former home of actor and martial arts master Bruce Lee may eventually become a museum dedicated to the deceased star. Officials in Hong Kong have launched a competition to design the museum, and the owner of the home has offered to donate it and the HK$100,000 ($13,000)...

Spoil yourself at the Four Seasons Hong Kong

Spoil yourself at the Four Seasons Hong Kong When the Four Seasons Hong Kong was completed in 2005, it entered one of the most competitive markets in the world. Hong Kong is home to a collection of premier hotels, all constructed to take advantage of the city's stunning scenery and appetite for luxury services. In my...

Dim Sum Dialogues: The Chungking Mansions

Dim Sum Dialogues: The Chungking Mansions This is Nadim. Nadim is originally from Pakistan. He came to Hong Kong seven years ago with his wife and two children to find a better life. He tells me that he never envisioned his better life to be what he has today, but he's happy, and enjoying moderate success selling...

Dim Sum Dialogues : Getting down to business

Dim Sum Dialogues : Getting down to business Let's face it - if you're an aspiring businessperson or entrepreneur, there's an excellent chance that you'll be doing business in China within the next decade. Whether it's manufacturing, finance, or trading - China has the second largest economy in the world and isn't...

Dim Sum Dialogues: Little Manila

Dim Sum Dialogues: Little Manila Dark clouds rumble through the steel corridors of Central - the remaining signs of a level nine typhoon that swept through Hong Kong last night. I dash out of the MTR station onto the wet streets, and gaze at hundreds of dark-haired, dark-skinned people around me. A...

Dim Sum Dialogues: Chinese Tea

Dim Sum Dialogues: Chinese Tea One of my only objectives this weekend was to write an article about traditional Chinese tea. I had been entertaining visions of myself walking down a dark side street in Central and discovering an old wooden tea house guarded by an ancient man with a long wispy beard. I...

Dim Sum Dialogues: Planes, Trams, & Automatic Doors

Dim Sum Dialogues: Planes, Trams, & Automatic Doors This is a continuation of yesterday's column on the transportation of Hong Kong. After seeing various Youtube videos of the infamous landing at Hong Kong's now defunct Kai Tak Airport, I'm disappointed that I never had the chance to experience a 747 roaring over a narrow...

Dim Sum Dialogues: The MTR

Dim Sum Dialogues: The MTR I love public transport. For me, it's one of the factors that define whether a city is good or great...and after living in Los Angeles for 4 years, I've been overdue to live in a city with great transportation. I've navigated the underground systems of most of the major U.S...

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