After fleeing the US and then Hong Kong, Edward Snowden remains (as far as we know) holed up somewhere in Moscow’s airport beyond the reach of American authorities. The story of the hunt for the NSA whistleblower and attempts to stop him before he leaks again seems inevitably headed for Hollywood, just like the story of WikiLeaks before it
In River of Smoke, the Indian author Amitav Ghosh banishes one of his characters, a French orphan, to a ship anchored near Hong Kong, then just a “wild, gale-swept” island off the coast of Macau. Paulette spends nearly the entire novel waiting there for news of a rare flower, the Golden Camellia, from a friend in Canton’s foreign quarter “threshold of the last and greatest of all the world’s caravanserais.” In the 19th century, these South China Sea ports bustled with people on their way to someplace else, and Ghosh meets me in the 21st century equivalent a New Delhi airport-hotel bar called Savannah.
Late last year, at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong, an anonymous Chinese phone bidder paid $232,000 each for three bottles of 1869 Château Lafite Rothschild, a Napoleon III era wine that was already maturing nicely when the Boxer uprising stymied European imperial ambitions in China. That price smashed the previous record of $156,450, paid in 1985 by the Forbes publishing family for a 1787 Lafite bottled for U.S.
If you’ve taken in the views from Hong Kong’s famous Victoria Peak, there’s a new aerie from which to catch vistas just as vertiginous and that’s the newly opened Ritz-Carlton.
Up until now, Disney’s foray into China has been anything but magical. Its Hong Kong theme park, opened in 2005, has had a bumpy ride due to early missteps and competition in its first year, attendance fell 400,000 short of an initial 5.6 million target.
Correction appended: Jan. 20, 2011 An editorial cartoon in the Jan.
If you have ever complained that your apartment is the size of a shoebox, consider the living space of Hong Kong resident Chung For Lau.
A Hong Kong property developer has sold a duplex apartment for a world record price, less than three months after the territory technically emerged from recession. Henderson Land, controlled by tycoon Lee Shau-kee, said it had sold the property on Hong Kong island for HK$71,280 (US$9,200) per square foot, or HK$439 million, to a buyer from mainland China
When Sam Antar was cooking the books for his company, he used a number of complicated accounting tricks to dupe auditors. But some tactics were simple
In a sign of the growing importance of the Asian economies, HSBC announced that Michael Geoghegan, the group chief executive, will move from London to Hong Kong next year.