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Hua Qiang Bei’s bizarre electronic market

Hua Qiang Bei is arguably the largest market for electronics in the world, and definitely one of the more fantastic and bizarre places I’ve ever been. Deep in the very heart of Shenzhen city, China, there is a street called Hua Qiang Bei, lending its name to the surrounding area: a district of about one … Continue reading »

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Tastes of Japan

(Click on any photo for a full size.) It was a serendipity that I found this Japanese restaurant in Shekou district, Shenzhen (China); and what a discovery it was! It suited all my tastes: a free buffet of Japanese food, excellent quality, expert cuisine, everything cooked right in front of the customer, maximum cleanliness, great … Continue reading »

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Macao: the last European colony in Asia

A tax heaven and a free port, Macao isn’t just casinos, gold and Bruce Lee movies, but an interesting long history. Up to right yesterday -so to say- this city was under Portuguese administration. Actually, it was never a proper colony, but for five centuries the Portuguese paid an annual rent to China for establishing … Continue reading »

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How I managed to cross to China

. This is a story with a happy ending, reader. Or, well, sort of. Happy if we don’t consider the irreversible emotional damage caused by the loss of the first visa, the failure to get a second one, and the vanishing of Willow into the blue. After the unsuccessful visit to the Consulate office for … Continue reading »

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The 24 hours I lived dangerously

The situation was this: by accident, Willow had stalled in one of the metro stations while I kept riding a train towards Causeway Bay. We could not communicate. We didn’t know which would be each other’s next move, but we both knew what we expected the other to do. (Just in case you don’t know, … Continue reading »

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The stupidest 24 hours of my life

(Comes from chapter one: “The stupidest tour of my life“) So there we stood, Willow and I, looking at each other with bewilderment drawn on our expressions, thinking like ‘What?’ For a while, we couldn’t even utter a word, until we assumed that there was nothing else for us to do there, and that we … Continue reading »

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The stupidest tour of my life

Had it not been so distressing, this day could have even passed for funny; and I actually hope that later on, looking back, I’ll be able to laugh at it. But, for the moment being, I can only feel the frustration. So, I had bought an airplane ticket to Hong Kong for visiting my girlfriend–or, … Continue reading »

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