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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 ...
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
Wing Chun Warrior: The True Tales of Wing Chun Kung Fu Master Duncan Leung, Bruce Lee's Fighting Companion
Ken Ing

Blacksmith Books, 2010

The story of Duncan Leung ? childhood friend of Bruce Lee, disciple of legendary master Yip Man, and New York kung fu teacher ? is valuable not only for its insights into martial arts but also for its portrayal of the lost Hong Kong of the 1950s and 1960s. Each anecdote is introduced with a proverb or teaching from Chinese philosophy, and illustrations follow each fight story, making for an educational and entertaining read.
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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) ...
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
With Bare Hands: The True Story of Alain Robert, the Real-life Spiderman
Alain Robert

Blacksmith Books, 2010

Overcoming vertigo - and countless injuries which have left him officially disabled - the 'Human Spider' has scaled nearly 100 skyscrapers worldwide: from Chicago's Sears Tower to Taipei 101, from the Petronas Towers to the Golden Gate Bridge. Reward and punishment have been received in equal measure - the flamboyant Frenchman has gained international fame and raised thousands of dollars for charity, but has also been arrested, beaten and ...
  
  











  



  
Chung Ying Street: The Strange Story of a Town Divided Between Britain and China
Dr. Lau Chi-pang

Blacksmith Books, 2015

When colonial mandarins expanded the borders of Hong Kong in 1898, they cared little that the new frontier cut straight through the middle of a small market town - in fact, down the middle of its main street. For the next 99 years, British servicemen faced Chinese soldiers - and sometimes red guards - across the narrow width of Chung Ying (China-Britain) Street. Through reminiscences and archive photos, many published for the first time, this ...
  
  











  



  
The Curious Diary of Mr Jam

Blacksmith Books, 2012

He tried to bring comedy to Asia, but everyone just laughed at him Sam Jam’s whole life had been a tragic mistake. As a humorist in Asia he had repeatedly been sacked, blacklisted and chased out of buildings. But he refuses to believe that his audiences of conservative Muslims, Communist officials, religious police and Asian citizens in general have no sense of humor. This funny, poignant tale, which the author describes as “a novel for ...
  
  











  



  
Sleeping Chinese
Bernd Hagemann

Blacksmith Books, 2010

In a country of a billion people, it can be hard to find a quiet spot to rest your head. But the Chinese are skilled at the art of extreme napping. Bernd Hagemann has spent six years taking photographs of Chinese people sleeping in seemingly impossible situations, and his website has gained a global following of people who wonder ?How is that possible?? This book portrays the less threatening side of China?s economic rise.
  
  











  



  
Sketches of Soho: Scenes from the Back Streets of Old Hong Kong
Lorette E. Roberts

Blacksmith Books, 2012

In this full-color sketchbook illustrating the historic Soho district of Hong Kong, Lorette Roberts paints the town red – and orange, and yellow, and green, and blue… See the rainbow-hued restaurants and street markets; the reds and golds of temples and lantern shops, the muted ochres and turquoises of old shophouses, the crimsons and pinks of tiny boutiques and bars; the full range of Hong Kong’s street life painted in vivid color.
  
  











  



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

Blacksmith Books, 2014

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 ...
  
  











  



  
Chinese Gods: An Introduction to Chinese Folk Religion
Jonathan Chamberlain

Blacksmith Books, 2010

Chinese folk religion is the underlying belief system of more than a billion people. Wherever there is a Chinese community there are temples and shrines with altars, statues and paper images. But how do these beliefs connect to Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism? This book explains the building blocks of this religion, touching upon anthropology, history, numerology, feng shui, mythology, nature cults and ancestor worship. Includes colour images ...
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
No City for Slow Men: Hong Kong's Quirks and Quandaries Laid Bare
Jason Y. Ng

Blacksmith Books, 2014

Blogger Jason Y. Ng has a knack for making the familiar both fascinating and funny. This collection of 36 essays examines some of the pressing social issues facing Hong Kong. It takes us from the gravity-defying property market to the plunging depths of old age poverty, from urban streets to beckoning islands, from the culture-shocked expat to the misunderstood Mainland Chinese and the disenfranchised domestic worker. The result is ...
  
  











  








   



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