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Hong Kong for Kids: A Parent's Guide
Cindy Stephens

Blacksmith Books, 2012

American mother-of-three Cindy Miller Stephens has lived in Hong Kong for 15 years. Let her be your guide to all the fantastic child-friendly activities available in this vibrant city. This comprehensive book gives visiting families and relocating expats all the information they need for a successful stress-free outing with kids. Includes maps, fares, directions, child-friendly restaurants, Chinese addresses, and much more. Grab the kids, get ...


Explore Macau: A Walking Guide and History
Todd Crowell

Blacksmith Books, 2011

The 450-year-old city of Macau - the former Portuguese colony returned to China in 1999 - is made for walking. Only seven miles square, one can easily walk from the Border Gate to the A-Ma Temple in a day. This guide describes nine walks around peninsular Macau and its outlying islands, sufficient to explore and understand this fascinating city and its unique blend of European and Asian architecture, cuisine and culture.


Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland
Chris Thrall

Blacksmith Books, 2011

Chris Thrall left the Marines to find fortune in Hong Kong, but ended up homeless and addicted to crystal meth. He began working for the 14K, a notorious Hong Kong crime syndicate, as a doorman in the Wan Chai nightclub district. Dealing with psychosis, conspiracy and the 'Foreign Triad' -- a secretive expat clique that works with the Chinese gangs -- he had to survive in the world's most unforgiving city, addicted to the world's most ...


China: Portrait of a People
Tom Carter

Blacksmith Books, 2010

From the subtropical jungles of Yunnan to the frozen wastes of Heilongjiang; across the scalding deserts of Xinjiang and beneath Hong Kong's neon blur.  Tramping through China by train, bus, boat, motorcycle, mule or hitching on the back of anything that moved.  On a budget so scant that he drew sympathetic stares from peasants. Backpacking photographer Tom Carter somehow succeeded in circumnavigating over 35,000 miles (56,000 kilometers) ...


The Taste of Old Hong Kong: Recipes and Memories From 30 Years on the China Coast
Fred Schneiter

Blacksmith Books, 2014

Reminiscences and recipes of favorite international dishes from households, fancy restaurants and back lanes which you can enjoy today in Hong Kong, that classy old gal who will forever reign as the Queen of Cuisine for all who knew her when she was the crown jewel of the British Empire. Fred Schneiter shares a nostalgic romp back into that less hurried era—and the tantalizing cuisines and tempting cookpot scents of that cozy time await you ...


Remembering Bruce Lee: And Jon Benn's Other Adventures
Jon T. Benn

Blacksmith Books, 2015

Even four decades after the passing of Asian martial-arts superstar Bruce Lee, his achievements still attract adoration from millions of movie fans. The biggest fan of all may be Jon Benn, who befriended the high-kicking hero while playing "the Big Boss," a villain in Lee's 1972 movie, The Way of the Dragon. In this tell-tale autobiography, Jon reminisces fondly about his experiences with Lee and a lifetime of other adventures. Much has happened ...


The Yunnan Cookbook: Recipes from China's land of ethnic diversity
Annabel Jackson, Linda Chia

Blacksmith Books, 2014

Yunnan, an exotic, mountainous land of former kingdoms which borders Tibet, Sichuan, Burma, Vietnam and Laos, is the most bio-diverse province in China. It is quite possibly the most beautiful part of the country, and also the most culturally rich. Each ethnic minority has its own distinct cooking ingredients, spices, aromas and flavors—all brought together for the first time in this unique cookbook.


Some Glad Morning
Irene J. Steele

Blacksmith Books, LLC, 2007

Mildred Johnson is orphaned when her parents are killed in a protest for voting rights in the South. Her Aunt Rose flees with her to a Chicago relative's. Years later, they join a campaign to elect Chicago's first black mayor, and Mildred falls for the leader of a grass-roots voter registration drive. During the campaign, the truth about her past is revealed.


Dim Sum: A Survival Guide
Liza Chu

Blacksmith Books, 2010

Why limit yourself to the English menu when ordering dim sum? Chinese teacher Liza Chu has a part-time career as a Hong Kong dim sum guide, and she has distilled her knowledge of Chinese cuisine and dining etiquette into this practical guidebook to eating out. Each photographed dish is identified with Chinese characters, and icons alert those with special diets. This book is your passport to a world of adventurous - and delicious - dim sum.


Sketches of Sai Kung: From Clearwater Bay to the Country Parks
Lorette E. Roberts

Blacksmith Books, 2014

The Sai Kung Peninsula is Hong Kong’s back garden – a place where people go to swim, hike, eat seafood, and otherwise escape the city. But besides the beaches and waterfront restaurants, there is an abundance of hidden attractions. In these pages you’ll find rolling green hills, gambling grannies, and walled villages; Sung-dynasty temples and rice farmers’ tools; fish markets, folk museums and wakeboarding clubs; a Chinese herbalist’s ...


Sketches of the Southside: Aberdeen Harbour and Repulse Bay to Stanley Market and Shek O
Lorette E. Roberts

Blacksmith Books, 2015

Hong Kong’s Southside – the glimmering southern shore of the main island – is a weekend paradise of restaurants, markets and beaches. But Lorette has discovered much more. Here are vignettes of the old villages, complete with traditional watchtowers, temples and scarecrows; sketches from visits to a pristine marine reserve; a sampan trip to see the fisherfolk, and a secret tunnel to underground wine cellars. See rugged shores and stunning ...


The Alphabet of Vietnam
Jonathan Chamberlain

Blacksmith Books, 2011

There is a darkness in men's hearts that war sets free. When their war is over, they bring that darkness back home with them. It's a short trail from the jungles of Vietnam to the forests of the Appalachian Mountains. A complex tale involves a journey back to Vietnam and into the dark past: a past where Clausewitz, the philosopher of war, meets de Sade, the philosopher of man's own individual evil.


Kowloon: Unknown Territory
Nicole Chabot

Blacksmith Books, 2013

What do "Nine dragons city" and "Mandarin’s lake" have in common with "Wong Tai Sin", the name of a Taoist deity? They're all districts in Kowloon. This book is an exploration of Hong Kong's lesser-visited sister city – 15 years after its handover from Britain to China. Scores of colour photographs bring the peninsula to the reader in a salute to street culture and the ordinary and extraordinary people of Kowloon.


Hong Kong Noir: Fifteen true tales from the dark side of the city
Feng Chi-shun

Blacksmith Books, 2014

Retired pathologist Feng Chi-shun was once owner of a dive bar in Kowloon City: a rough part of town which was home to triad gangs. During that time, he heard a lot of stories. Do you want to know the details of the gruesome Hello Kitty murder, or what the taxi driver from hell did to his passengers? How about the ancient movie star who fooled hundreds of people for his final performance? And what was the truth about the girl with the eagle ...


Paper Tigress: A life in the Hong Kong Government
Rachel Cartland

Blacksmith Books, 2014

Rachel Cartland came to Hong Kong in 1972 as one of just two female expatriates in the Hong Kong Government’s elite administrative grade. Before she retired in 2006, her life was shaped by the events that rocked Hong Kong during those momentous years: corruption and the police mutiny, currency crisis, Tiananmen Square, the change of sovereignty and the devastation of SARS. This accessible account of modern Hong Kong ranges from Kowloon’s ...


Tibet, the Last Cry
Eric Meyer

Blacksmith Books, 2014

Eric and Laurent were the only freelance journalists allowed into Tibet following the March 2008 riots. They saw the friction between two cultures who live in mistrust. Police and soldiers patrol the towns, while crowds of Han immigrants pour into the region like new frontier settlers seeking their fortunes. Tibet is going through drastic change, shaking up ancient ways of life and altering the fragile ecological balance of the once-nomadic ...


Walking the Tycoon's Rope: How ambition drove a poor boy from Ningbo to compete with the richest men of Hong ...
Robert Wang

Blacksmith Books, 2013

Robert Wang fled the Chinese civil war as a child and came to Hong Kong with nothing. It was a harsh place in the 1950s but he was determined to rise to the top. With the 1997 handover to China approaching, and no one knowing what the end of British rule would bring, Robert hatched an audacious scheme to safeguard the fortunes of Hong Kong’s richest tycoons –- but swimming with sharks has its dangers.


Diamond Hill: Memories of Growing Up in a Hong Kong Squatter Village
Feng Chi-shun

Blacksmith Books, 2010

Diamond Hill was one of the poorest and most backward of villages in Hong Kong when Hong Kong itself was poor and backward. Feng Chi-shun moved there in 1956, at the age of nine, as a refugee from China. As he grew up and saw friends become gamblers, triad gangsters and drug peddlers, he realized that self-improvement was the only way out of poverty. A warm memoir of a hard time and place.


Whispers and Moans: Interviews with the Men and Women of Hong Kong's Sex Industry
Yeeshan Yang

Blacksmith Books, 2010

With glitzy nightclubs, saunas, karaoke lounges and brothels, Hong Kong's sex business is booming. But how do local prostitutes compete with an endless supply of girls from China? To find out, Yang spent a year with the city's hookers. The result is an eye-opening book which shows the human side of sex for sale - easy money, financial ruin and hopeless relationships - and first-hand insights into the huge but hidden sex industry.


Hong Kong State of Mind: 37 Views of a City That Doesn't Blink
Jason Y. Ng

Blacksmith Books, 2015

Hong Kong is a city where limousines outnumber taxi cabs, party-goers count down to Christmas every December 24, and giant billboards of fortune tellers and cram school tutors compete with breathtaking skylines. This collection of essays zeroes in on the city's idiosyncrasies with deadpan precision. An outsider looking in and an insider looking out, Jason Y. Ng has created a travel journal for the passing visitor, and a user's manual for the ...



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