Thursday, February 13, 2020

They Do Not Understand Each Other Exhibition

They Do Not Understand Each Other Exhibition

Tai Kwun Contemporary’s new exhibition They Do Not Understand Each Other, which was set to open on 15 February 2020 in Hong Kong, has been postponed. Once a new date is set, an announcement will be made in due course.

Showcased by Tai Kwun Contemporary, They Do Not Understand Each Other is presented by The National Museum of Art, Osaka and Singapore Art Museum, and curated by Yuka Uematsu and June Yap.

This group exhibition draws from the title of an artwork by Tsubasa Kato, in which the artist, who speaks in Japanese, attempts to cooperate with a collaborator from Korea. Despite being unable to understand each other's languages, it would appear they find some measure of connection, even if in humorous miscommunication, finally completing their task of installing a sign on the small island set in the vastness of a sea that separates (or, one might say, connects) these two nations.

Artworks on show ranges from the two museums' collections to new commissions, in a consideration of the premise of cultural exchange and the understanding it promotes. The exhibition thus presents art about exchange, communication, miscommunication, connections, tolerance, representation, as well as revelations on desires and expectations of the familiar, unfamiliar and new. In essence, of situations and conditions of unevenness, between individuals, peoples, and things.

Exhibition: They Do Not Understand Each Other
Period: To be announced
Location: JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun
Co-presenters: The National Museum of Art, Osaka and Singapore Art Museum
Curators: Yuka UEMATSU and June YAP
Artists on show:
  • Jennifer ALLORA & Guillermo CALZADILLA
  • Agnes ARELLANO
  • Chi too
  • Heman CHONG
  • CHUA Chye Teck
  • HO Tzu Nyen
  • Sojung JUN
  • Tsubasa KATO
  • Charles LIM
  • Kumi MACHIDA
  • Kohei SEKIGAWA
  • Kazuo SHIRAGA
  • Akira TAKAYAMA
  • THANSok
  • Ming WONG
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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Ritz-Carlton Valentine's Day

Ritz-Carlton Valentine's Day

Ritz-Carlton Valentine's Day

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong proudly presents a series of activities in celebration of Valentine’s Day 2020. Highlights include:

"Ultimate Romance" Dining Experience

Whether you are planning a proposal or simply want to show your other half how much you treasure them this Valentine's Day, the "Ultimate Romance" dining experience at Ozone ensures a sumptuous evening of romance. You will be guided to Ozone’s Private Dining Room of which you will get exclusive access for the evening; your loved one will be handed a bouquet of 99 roses and together you will enjoy a customized eight-course menu carefully crafted by our culinary team. The romance does not end there as the package includes an overnight stay in one of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong's extravagant rooms.

Date: February 14, 2020 (Friday)
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Price: HK$18,000 per couple

Ultimate Romance

Tosca di Angelo

Italian food is a pure expression of love, and Chef Angelo Agliano has passionately created some epicurean delights to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. Tosca di Angelo is presenting a five- and eight-course menu (depending on your dinner seating) both with the option to include caviar. Highlights on the menu include Seared Langoustine with Daikon Velouté and Kaluga Caviar, and Roasted Iberian Pork Chop with Herbs, Radicchio, Spring Onion and Aged Balsamic. Let our Michelin-starred cuisine speak volumes as you enjoy this special day with your loved one.

Date: February 14, 2020 (Friday)
Valentine’s Day Five-course Set Dinner
Time: 6 pm - 8 pm (1st seating)
Price: HK$1,980 per person
HK$2,680 per person with caviar
Valentine’s Day Eight-course Set Dinner
Time: 9 pm - 10:30 pm (2nd seating)
*Last seating at 10:15 pm
Price: HK$2,680 per person
HK$3,380 per person with caviar

Tosca di Angelo


Monday, January 06, 2020

Wooloomooloo Group Celebrating Australia Day

Wooloomooloo Group Celebrating Australia Day with Shrimp on the Barbie

Paying homage to Australia National Day with month-long promotion and celebrating Chinese New Year with grandstand views of fireworks.

Hokkaido Scallop Carpaccio
Hokkaido Scallop Carpaccio
(Hong Kong, January 6, 2020) - Wooloomooloo Group’s three Australian steakhouses and ‘back to basics’ grill The Chop House are celebrating January 26th Australia Day in true ‘Down Under’ style throughout January with a ‘shrimp on the barbie’.

Aussie barbecue favourite is on special offer at Wooloomooloo Prime atop The ONE in Tsim Sha Tsui, Wooloomooloo Steakhouses in TST East and Wan Chai and The Chop House at Mira Place One.

Olive Oil Poached John Dory Fillets
Olive Oil Poached John Dory Fillets

Priced at HK$185, the month-long ‘Shrimp on the Barbie’ special appetiser features tiger prawns, cucumber relish and sambal sauce sizzled to perfection in spicy Asian spices from January 1st to 31st.

Premium concept of the group, Wooloomooloo Prime is also hosting a gastronomic Chinese New Year Fireworks Set Dinner on January 26th, priced at HK$988 per guest.

With a grandstand view of the annual pyrotechnics, the festive celebration starts with appetiser of Hokkaido Scallop Carpaccio, topped with Avryga caviar, pink radish and fennel and drizzled with lime dressing.

Shrimp on the Barbie
Shrimp on the Barbie
Duck Liver Parfait follows, in truffle butter with apple chutney, sour cherry purée, sweet wine jelly and toasted brioche. Soup course is Roasted Tomato & Capsicum Velouté, dressed with chives and Spanish smoked olive oil.

Main course is a ‘surf or turf’ choice of Wooloomooloo’s signature Grilled Australian 200-day Grain-fed Sirloin, served with gratin potato, broccolini, semi-dried tomato marmalade and sweetbread in morel cream sauce; or seafood option of Olive Oil Poached John Dory Fillets, with scallop, mussels, warm artichoke salad and gremolata in seaweed sauce.

Dessert is Australian-style Hazelnut Pavlova, in gourmet style with chestnut Bavarois, pistachio tuile, raspberry purée and mixed berries.

All prices are subject to 10% service charge

Wooloomooloo Prime Grilled Australian 200-Day Grain-Fed Sirloin
Wooloomooloo Prime Grilled Australian 200-Day Grain-Fed Sirloin

Wooloomooloo Prime
Address: Level 21 The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: + (852) 2870 0087
Opening Hours: Daily 11:45 am till late

Wooloomooloo Steakhouse (Tsim Sha Tsui East)
Address: G7/8, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East
Tel: + (852) 2722 7050
Opening Hours: Daily 11:45 am till late

Wooloomooloo Steakhouse (Wan Chai)
Address: 31/F & Rooftop The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Tel: + (852) 2893 6960
Opening Hours: Daily 12 noon-3 pm, 6 pm-11 pm

The Chop House
Address: Shop 301 & 305, L3 Mira Place One, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: + (852) 2295 3200
Opening Hours: Daily 11:45 am till late Website:


Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Tapas bar at Kowloon Shangri-la Hong Kong

Tapas Bar at Kowloon Shangri-la Hong Kong Launches All-New Bottomless Sunday Brunch Menu

Outdoor Sunday brunches in an Al Fresco setting has long been one of Hong Kong's most loved social occasions during the breezy season, and this fun tradition has just become even more exciting with the launch of the much anticipated Tapas Brunch at Tapas Bar on the 15th of December.

Tapas Bar at Kowloon Shangri-la
Tapas Bar at Kowloon Shangri-la
Popular with guests for its fun and shareable dishes and creative tipples, Tapas Bar's new offering of bottomless a la minute tapas is perfect for brunch enthusiasts who want to enjoy a true Spanish fiesta experience on the weekend!

The new Tapas Brunch experience offers guests a host of alluring choices prepared a la minute to allow brunchers to savour sharing dishes. The menu features a sumptuous range of all-time tapas classics such as tuna and watermelon ceviche, traditional Spanish tortilla, grilled octopus with sweet peppers and rucola pesto, apple cider-glazed chorizo and homemade churros, as well as signature crowd-pleasers such as whole suckling pig and seafood, chorizo and chicken paella in large pans.

In the true tradition of a Sunday Brunch, the experience is rounded off with free-flowing Cava, Spanish cocktails, beer, selected wines and juices that pair perfectly with flavourful Spanish cuisine.

The new Tapas Brunch menu is available at HKD590 +10% per guest every Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm. For reservations and enquiries, guests may call (852) 2733 8988.

Tapas Bar at Kowloon Shangri-la
Tapas Bar at Kowloon Shangri-la
About Tapas Bar

Tapas Bar is a wine bar where guests can find a wide selection of New World wines and complemented with the entrancing views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. The tapas counter with food display overlooks the action in the open kitchen. Guests can choose to enjoy a glass of wine and international tapas in the comfort of the bar or under the stars in the open air.


Monday, December 16, 2019

Festive Cocktails at Café Gray Deluxe and Sugar

Festive Cocktails at Café Gray Deluxe and Sugar

Celebrate the magical festive season with Café Gray Deluxe as the talented beverage team present an array of traditional Christmas classics and new cocktails inspired by the season.

Left to right  Ginseng Toddy, Remedy, Apple Crumble, Orange Juice, Sesame Nog, Suzette
Left to right  Ginseng Toddy, Remedy, Apple Crumble, Orange Juice, Sesame Nog, Suzette
 Cosy up with the warm Ginseng Toddy and Sesame Nog, inspired by Asian ingredients and winter flavours. Ginseng Toddy is created with ginseng, one of the most popular herbal remedies to restore and enhance wellbeing. Adding the flavours of cinnamon and rosemary brings balance. Sesame Nog symbolises the popular classic Chinese dessert Black Sesame Sweet Soup, simple, creamy and comforting especially in winter.

Cinnamon, red date and honey are favourite flavours for the winter season and are fantastic when infused in beverages.

Classic Christmas warmers like mulled wine, hot toddy are also available.

The Winter Cocktails are available until 29 December 2020.

Sugar Mulled Wine (Left)  Hennessy VSOP, Red Wine, Crème de cassis, Apple, Orange, Lemon, Chili, Lime, Orange Bitters, Angostura Bitters & Spice Mix     Winter's Garden (Right)  Tanqueray Gin, Apple Juice, Jujube, Rose, Lemon & Honey
Sugar Mulled Wine (Left)  Hennessy VSOP, Red Wine, Crème de cassis, Apple, Orange, Lemon, Chili, Lime, Orange Bitters, Angostura Bitters & Spice Mix     Winter's Garden (Right)  Tanqueray Gin, Apple Juice, Jujube, Rose, Lemon & Honey

The Upper House
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway
Admiralty, Hong Kong

29 Tai Koo Shing Rd
Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

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Sunday, November 03, 2019

Calçada Pavements in Macau

Calçada Pavements in Macau

Calçada pavements originated in Portugal but are also present in many of its former overseas territories including Macau.

Calçada with ship motif in Macau
Calçada with ship motif in Macau
Made of small blocks of limestone, different colors are used to form distinct mosaic-like patterns, shapes and symbols.

These are often of a nautical nature such as ships, spheres or wave patterns which represent Portugal's period of overseas exploration and conquest, known as the Age of Discoveries.

Senado Square, Macau
Senado Square
The most famous example of calçada in Macau is in Senado Square (議事亭前地). This is part of the historic UNESCO World Heritage listed center of the city. The square is here in a wave pattern.

The square is named after the Leal Senado, once a meeting place where Chinese and Portuguese came together during the 16th to 18th centuries.

Other examples of calçada are found throughout the city in squares and on walkways.

Look out for this art work beneath your feet. Also be careful as the stones can be slippery when wet.

Calçada Pavements in Macau
Calçada pavements in Macau

Macau Related

Ruínas de São Paulo

St Joseph Seminary Church

Venetian Macao Resort


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Xinjiang Museum

Xinjiang Museum

Xinjiang Museum is a world-class museum of striking, modern architecture inspired by Uyghur culture and with a collection of over 50,000 items. These include 381 nationally ranked cultural relics.

The museum was founded in 1959 and rebuilt and refurbished in its present form in 2005.

Xinjiang Museum
The museum exterior is inspired by Uyghur architecture

Perhaps the most memorable displays are those of the ancient mummies of Xinjiang. These are human remains naturally preserved for thousands of years, in some cases, by the naturally dry desert environment of Xinjiang. Most are from the nearby Astana Graves.

Also from the Astana Graves are tomb wall paintings.

Xinjiang Museum, China
Clay models on display
The museum is also of interest for the valuable insights it affords into the minority cultures living in the region.

A yurt and mannequins
A yurt and mannequins show life in the region

Xinjiang Museum
A security guard outside the entrance to the museum in Urumqi
Access - Getting There

581 Xibei Road, Urumqi

Tomb wall painting from Astana Graves
Tomb wall painting from Astana Graves


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Emin Minaret Turpan City Xinjiang Region

Emin Minaret Turpan City Xinjiang Region 苏公塔

Emin Minaret mosque, Turpan, Xinjiang
Front view of the Emin Minaret mosque, Turpan
The Emin Minaret was the highlight of our recent trip to Turpan City in China's western Xinjiang Uyghur "Autonomous" Region. The beautiful geometric simplicity of this mosque's lines reminded us strongly of the ancient ruins we visited a few years ago in Egypt - helped no doubt by the same earthern coloring.

Fortunately for us, we were the only ones there when we visited, and we had this magic monument to ourselves for the 30 or so minutes it took us to walk through and around it.

Minaret tower of the Emin Minaret Mosque, Turpan, Xinjiang
Tower of the Emin Minaret, Turpan

Looking at the plaque out front, the Emin Minaret (also called the Sugong Minaret) was built by Emin Hoja, head of Turpan prefecture in his 83rd year, and his son, Su Lai Man Gong, in 1777.

Emin pledged loyalty to the Qing Dynasty and made great contributions in the struggle against invasion and separation for all his life. In his later years, he built this minaret to express his indebtedness to the Qing Dynasty and his piety to Allah.

Courtyard in the Emin Minaret, Turpan, Xinjiang
A courtyard of the Emin Minaret, Turpan, Xinjiang
The minaret is the largest Islamic structure in Xinjiang, and was designed and built by the Uygur builder, Iblain and others.

It is more brick than wood, which is said to contribute to its elegant lines. The Minaret is 37 m high and 10 m in diameter at its base, and has a spiral staircase of 72 steps inside.

Graves at the Emin Minaret, Turpan, Xinjiang
Cemetery at the Emin Minaret, Turpan, Xinjiang
The big statue out the front is no doubt of Emin Hoja himself.

The outside of the Minaret features about a dozen different typical Uygur geometric patterns rendered in brick.

I recall the entry fee being in the range of, in USD, about $3 to $5 each, but it was one of the best spent entry fees of anywhere during our time in this fascinating region.

Statue of founder, Emin Minaret, Turpan, Xinjiang.
Statue of Emin Hoja, the founder of Emin Minaret mosque, Turpan, Xinjiang.
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Friday, January 06, 2017

Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival 2017

Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival 2017 哈尔滨国际冰雪节

The 2017 Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival began on Thursday and will last into March.

Harbin Ice Festival

Over 7,000 laborers worked around the clock helping the artists produce the hundreds of ice sculptures at Sun Island, Zhaolin Park and "Ice and Snow World".

The huge ice sculptures in the "Ice City" were produced using 180,000 cubic meters of ice from the Songhua River and 150,000 cubic meters of snow.

Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 2013

The Harbin Ice Festival opened on January 5th and runs until March this year.

Harbin Ice Festival 2010

Other big snow festivals around the world include the Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido, Japan and Canada's Quebec City Winter Carnival. The Shangri-La Hotel in Harbin is the city's most luxurious hotel to stay during the Ice Festival.

Zhaolin Park, Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Hotels in Harbin
Books on China and Beijing

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Monday, September 05, 2016

Gomar Monastery

Gomar Monastery

Gomar Monastery (Gomar Gompa) is a 400-year-old Tibetan monastery in Qinghai in western China.

Gomar Monastery, Qinghai, China.

The chörten (stupa), located outside the monastery walls is a modern affair, dating from the 1980's and can be climbed.

Gomar Monastery, Qinghai, China.

Gomar Monastery is about 1 km from Wutun Monastery in the monastic town of Tongren.

Gomar Monastery, Tongren, Qinghai, China.

The walled monastery has a number of different buildings and is home to over 100 monks. Buddhist paintings, gargoyles and the serene, curving temple roofs are the main sights.

Hours & Access

Opening hours at the monastery are 8 am-6 pm. Women may be denied access at certain times.

Gomar Monastery, Tongen, Qinghai, China.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Zhangjiajie Skywalk

Zhangjiajie Skywalk

China's skywalks have been in the news recently. These mega-expensive, architectural wonders are a symbol of the new, confident China. However, the skywalk at Yuntaishan in Hunan Province hit the headlines when the surface panels of glass cracked, leading to frightening scenes for the tourists walking along it at the time.

Zhangjiajie Skywalk, Hunan, China.

China is home to the highest and longest glass skywalk in the world, also in Hunan. Zhangjiajie skywalk, designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, spans a 430-metre gap between two cliffs in Zhangjiajie National Park in Hunan. It is 300 meters above the ground.

The Zhangjiajie skywalk, which can carry up to 800 people, doubles up as a runway for fashion shows. For those seeking even more of a thrill, the bridge also lays claim to the world's highest bungee jump.

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Atmosphere Bar Beijing

Atmosphere Bar Beijing

The highest bar in Beijing, this exclusive, 80th floor bar affords a view that extends all the way from Tiananmen Square to the nearby mountains.

Sophisticated rather than super trendy, the bar is worthy of its elevated real estate. Revellers sip expertly mixed cocktails (over 300 concoctions available), single malts and fine wines and can puff fine cigars while relaxing to live jazz and gazing out of the huge windows.

Atmosphere Bar Beijing, China.

Apart from the view, the main pull at Atmosphere is the drinks. Yes, they are expensive, but few other bars can rival the extensive selection of cocktails for sheer quality and choice. There is also a good wine list by expert local sommelier Koen Masschelein.

1 Jianguomenwai, 80F China World Summit Wing
China World Trade Center Phase 3,
Tel: +86 (0)10 8571 6459

Atmosphere Bar Beijing China.

Beijing Bars

Mesh Beijing

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Longgang National Geological Park Skywalk

Longgang National Geological Park Skywalk

The Longgang National Geological Park Skywalk is world's longest glass-bottomed cantilever skywalk. It opened in 2015 and measures an impressive 26.64 meters (87.4 feet).

Built at a staggering cost of over $5 million, the Longgang National Geological Park Skywalk sits at a height of 1,010 meters (3,314 feet).

Longgang National Geological Park Skywalk.

Designed to withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake and a level-14 typhoon, the Yuanduan Skywalk is a marvel of engineering. It can support 200 people at a time, but the park has opted to limit that number to 30 to guarantee an enjoyable guest experience. Also included in the development is a see-through mountain pathway.

Cost: tickets are 60 RMB.

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Sunday, April 05, 2015



Xiaolongbao is the signature dish of Shanghai - a plump dumpling crammed with juicy pork mince and a shot of meaty broth.


The name xiaolongbao comes from the bamboo steaming baskets, xiaolong, the buns (bao) are prepared in.

Xiaolongbao in Shanghai, China.

Originally from the suburb of Nanxiang in Shanghai, xiaolongbao can be found all over the city. One recommended restaurant to try them is the Taiwanese restaurant chain Din Tai Fung, which has a reputation for serving up some of the most superior buns in town.

Shanghai Xiaolongbao.

The buns are usually filled with minced pork though a variety of fillings can now be found in restaurants including vegetarian varieties.

Making Xiaolongbao.

The buns are tweaked and pinched at the top to give them their distinctive shape.


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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Oriental Pearl TV Tower Shanghai

Oriental Pearl TV Tower Shanghai 东方明珠塔

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower in the Pudong financial district of Shanghai is one of this port city's most famous architectural icons.

Though now dwarfed by such monsters as the Shanghai Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower was the tallest building in China from 1994-2007.

Oriental Pearl TV Tower Shanghai, China

Located opposite the historic Bund, the 468 meter-tall Oriental Pearl TV Tower signaled the reawakening of Shanghai's power as a center of global commerce, finance and trade. The building has a number of observation points with the highest at 350 meters - the Space Module.

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is also host to a number of restaurants, including a revolving restaurant at 267 meters, exhibition space and shops. The structure is illuminated at night by LED.

Oriental Pearl TV Tower Shanghai, China

Access - Getting There

1 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, China, 200120

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