Why Is Hong Kong So Green?

Hong Kong’s market booths are typically painted green Why is Hong Kong so green? The question came up a couple of months ago when I was having afternoon tea with my girlfriend, Laine, at Mido Café. “If you had to pick a color to associate with Hong Kong, what would it be?” she asked, looking […]

Urban Gulch: Edmonton’s Big River Valley

There’s a long-standing rivalry out here on the Prairies. Beyond local football and hockey antagonisms, Calgarians and Edmontonians seem to have a lot of other beef with each other. I am a native Calgarian, but I must admit the unspeakable: Edmonton is a beautiful place! It is, in fact, a walkable, friendly and interesting city […]

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The Slow Demise of Long Spring Lane

A little north of Shanghai’s Suzhou Creek, nestled behind the cacophony of Qipu Lu’s hectic wholesale clothing district, lies the entrance to Changchun “Long Spring” Lane (长春里). It is a crumbling longtang* (弄堂) marked by one of Shanghai’s ubiquitous brick archways, which lies under the lane’s name, chiseled in stone. And it has a very auspicious address: 858 Tanggu […]

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Photos of the Week: Cooling Off

All of this week’s photos of kids cooling off with a fire hydrant were taken by Charles Le Brigand last Saturday in the Bronx, New York. See more of his photos here.

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Collecting the Scraps of a Changing Shanghai

There was no reason to have entered what looked like a dumpster north of Wangjiamatou Lu (王家码头路) which was located in Shanghai’s Old Town, or known better to some as the former walled city of Nanshi (literally ‘southern town’ (南市)) — until a small head in pigtails poked out from behind the rusty doors and […]

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Shanghai’s Seventh-Day Adventist Inn

“No, I told you, you can’t go upstairs if you’re not a guest,” the teenage hotel desk clerk scowled at my camera. Just then, a portly middle-aged man waddled up to the counter and interrupted me, “How much for a room for 3 hours?” Her suspicious eyes not leaving me, the desk clerk pointed to […]

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Photo of the Week: Canal Street

Decaying building on Canal Street, Chinatown, New York City. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa Every week, we feature striking images from our Urbanphoto group on Flickr. Want to see your photos here? Join the group.

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A City Without Ground

It’s a bright Sunday afternoon and Central is buzzing. Thousands of Filipino domestic workers gather with friends for a weekly picnic. Shoppers stream through the luxury shops of Chater House to the somewhat less posh confines of Worldwide House, where large boxes of gifts are being packed for shipment to the Philippines. Charity workers stop […]

Tokyo Vending Machines

It’s a huge cliché, but how could I resist?

Missing from Student Life: Politics

University of Hong Kong Democracy Wall, 2009 When I first moved to Hong Kong three years ago, I was already accustomed to the particular quirks of local life, having spent around two and a half months exploring the city before I took the definitive flight from Canada. Getting used to life at the University of […]

Photos of the Week: Scenes from Tbilisi

All of this week’s photos were taken in Tbilisi, Georgia, by S_Peter.

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