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Zhongshan Park (中山公園), is a lovely little park just off of the Forbidden City in Beijing that used to serve as the imperial gardens. Now a public park, it offers the visitors some peace and tranquility with lots of gardens, flowers, pavilions and trees with the surrounding architecture of the Forbidden City. After the …

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Being the lovely and prosperous coastal Chinese town that it is, Xiamen naturally has some strategic significance and that obviously lends to some interesting history. There’s not much available in English on Xiamen’s role in many of the conflicts China went through in the 19th and 20th century, but it is clear that it was […]

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Toronto hosts the legislative assembly for the Canadian province of Ontario, or the Ontario Provicial Parliament. To catch the show in action, I made my way to the Ontario Legislative Building in Queen’s Park. Inside, lucky me, a tourist tour was just starting and so I got to hear a lot about the history of […]

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I usually tend to like things that I don’t understand. At times it almost seems as though the more I don’t understand about something, or someone, the more I’m attracted to it, or a person. There’s also something quite frustrating about not getting it, but that’s part of the fun – I imagine. …

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Villa Marmarine was something special. I don’t normally mention the accommodation I stay with, since with my budget  it’s usually nothing very exciting to write home about. But, every once in a while I do come across a lovely surprise and I think it’s about time I give back some love. What made Villa Marmarine […]

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My father has a thing for flower markets. Of all the places I took him around the region, I believe the places he was most impressed with were the flower markets we visited. The Hong Kong flower street market in Kowloon had him completely surprised and overwhelmed , but he figured it could be explained […]

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A couple of weeks ago I took off to attend the Association for Psychological Science 2012 conference in Chicago. During that visit, I made sure to visit some of the local universities, some of which are definitely among the leading the in the world. University of Chicago, in the Hyde Park area south of Chicago’s […]

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If there’s one thing that Americans have and most of us don’t is a successful history of space exploration. Though us living in HK are receiving reports that the nearby uprising superpower is quickly catching up, they’re 40 years late.  While our region was waging the student masses to brutally denounce counter-revolutionaries and capitalist animals,  […]

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If you’re interested in knowing more about American history, then what better place than the National Museum of American History, right?   Back in high-school I was a history buff, there was even a point in time when I thought it might actually be a good idea to be an historian – there …

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When it comes to museums, there’s little that does more than dinosaur skeletons to get your juices running, and the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC probably has some of the nicest collection of them lot. With over 7 million visitors a year, it’s among the most popular museums in the world. …

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