Primordial Hong Kong

Like a fever dream or a David Lynch film, Wun Dun begins with a journey into the unknown. Push through an unmarked door into what appears to be a bathroom, where an elderly attendant spritzes you with cologne. Squeeze past him, stumble down a flight of stairs and emerge into an uncanny, neon-lit bar that […]

Fleet Street in the Far East

This story was originally published in 2010. See the postscript for an update. In 1974, as a typhoon bears down on Hong Kong, a gangly twenty-seven-year-old Vietnam War reporter named Luke stands in the toilets of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club. Head ringing, hung over, he washes blood out of his mouth—he just fought in a […]

Posted in: Asia Pacific, Heritage and Preservation, History, Interior Space, Society and Culture by Christopher DeWolf Comments Off on Fleet Street in the Far East , ,

The Other Side of Hong Kong Nightlife

Nobody really remembers how they first discovered Sense 99. Usually, they hear about it through a friend, who heard about it through a friend, who heard about it through a friend and so on. It is not quite a bar, not quite a private club, not an art gallery or a music venue, but it […]

Posted in: Art and Design, Asia Pacific, History, Society and Culture by Christopher DeWolf Comments Off on The Other Side of Hong Kong Nightlife , , ,

Saturday Night at Shin-Okubo Station

Saturday, March 26th at Shin-Okubo Station Last Saturday, two weeks after the Japanese earthquake, I found myself in Tokyo. I was on assignment for a Canadian magazine — more about that on a later date — and I spent much of my time wandering the city and speaking to people, trying to get a feel […]

Sleeping Streets

Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, 9:49pm

Posted in: Asia Pacific by Christopher DeWolf 1 Comment , ,

Farewell to the Red Light District…and Welcome to the Quartier des Spectacles!

Farewell to the club district Goodbye to the Café Cléopâtre The Club Soda

Posted in: Canada by Daniel Corbeil Comments Off on Farewell to the Red Light District…and Welcome to the Quartier des Spectacles! , , , ,

White Nights on Sharia Talaat Harb

Photo by Vyacheslav Argenberg / VascoPlanet It’s two in the morning on Talaat Harb Street, the heart of downtown Cairo, and the sidewalks are sclerotic. People shuffle slowly past shop windows exploding with merchandise. An intense white light beams across the thoroughfare. Avoiding hawkers thrusting t-shirts in their faces, trying to lure them to clothes […]

Tongren Road’s Last Stand

This is a collection of pictures of the last night the infamous Tongren Road strip was open and functioning. Tongren Road runs right through the commercial heart of the Jing An district in Shanghai. A very small strip (like half a block) of this road was one of many red light districts that are scattered […]

Taipei Nights

Posted in: Asia Pacific by Christopher DeWolf 1 Comment , , ,

Summer Nights In Shadowy Streets

Summer nights in Lisbon’s Bairro Alto

Posted in: Europe by Christopher DeWolf 2 Comments , , , ,

Austin After Dark: Icons

Posted in: United States by Ethan Bayne Comments Off on Austin After Dark: Icons , ,

Austin After Dark: Sixth Street Circus

Posted in: United States by Ethan Bayne Comments Off on Austin After Dark: Sixth Street Circus , ,

In the Neon Glow of Granville Street

When Fred Herzog hung out on Granville Street in the late fifties, it was one of those ballsy main streets that people most often associate with film noir and hard-boiled detective stories. The view down Granville from Robson Street revealed a seemingly endless procession of classic neon signs, their soft glow a welcome sign of […]

Posted in: Canada by Christopher DeWolf Comments Off on In the Neon Glow of Granville Street , , , ,

Woodbine at Night II

Posted in: Canada by Karl Leung 2 Comments , ,