Gweilo: Memories Of A Hong Kong Childhood

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Gweilo: Memories Of A Hong Kong Childhood

Gweilo: Memories Of A Hong Kong Childhood

  • Author: Martin Booth
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1409084566
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 384
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Martin Booth died in February 2004, shortly after finishing the book that would be his epitaph - this wonderfully remembered, beautifully told memoir of a childhood lived to the full in a far-flung outpost of the British Empire... An inquisitive seven-year-old, Martin Booth found himself with the whole of Hong Kong at his feet when his father was posted there in the early 1950s. Unrestricted by parental control and blessed with bright blond hair that signified good luck to the Chinese, he had free access to hidden corners of the colony normally closed to a Gweilo, a 'pale fellow' like him. Befriending rickshaw coolies and local stallholders, he learnt Cantonese, sampled delicacies such as boiled water beetles and one-hundred-year-old eggs, and participated in colourful festivals. He even entered the forbidden Kowloon Walled City, wandered into the secret lair of the Triads and visited an opium den. Along the way he encountered a colourful array of people, from the plink plonk man with his dancing monkey to Nagasaki Jim, a drunken child molester, and the Queen of Kowloon, the crazed tramp who may have been a member of the Romanov family. Shadowed by the unhappiness of his warring parents, a broad-minded mother who, like her son, was keen to embrace all things Chinese, and a bigoted father who was enraged by his family's interest in 'going native', Martin Booth's compelling memoir is a journey into Chinese culture and an extinct colonial way of life that glows with infectious curiosity and humour.

Golden Boy

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Golden Boy

Golden Boy

Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood

  • Author: Martin Booth
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1466818581
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 352
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At seven years old, Martin Booth found himself with all of Hong Kong at his feet. His father was posted there in 1952, and this memoir is his telling of that youth, a time when he had access to the corners of a colony normally closed to a "Gweilo," a "pale fellow" like him. His experiences were colorful and vast. Befriending rickshaw coolies and local stallholders, he learned Cantonese, sampled delicacies such as boiled water beetles and one-hundred-year-old eggs, and participated in vibrant festivals. He even entered the forbidden Kowloon Walled City, wandered into a secret lair of Triads, and visited an opium den. From the plink-plonk man with his dancing monkey to the Queen of Kowloon (a crazed tramp who may have been a Romanov), Martin Booth saw it all---but his memoir illustrates the deeper challenges he faced in his warring parents: a broad-minded mother who embraced all things Chinese and a bigoted father who was enraged by his family's interest in "going native." Martin Booth's compelling memoir, the last book he completed before dying, glows with infectious curiosity and humor and is an intimate representation of the now extinct time and place of his growing up.

Hong Kong Travel Guide 2017

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Hong Kong Travel Guide 2017

Hong Kong Travel Guide 2017

Must-see attractions, wonderful hotels, excellent restaurants, valuable tips and so much more!

  • Author: T Turner
  • Publisher: T Turner
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 16
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The Hong Kong 2017 Travel Guide is the most up-to-date, reliable and complete guide to this wonderful place. Travelers will find everything they need for an unforgettable visit presented in a convenient and easy-to-use format. Includes quick information on planning a visit, navigating the location, experiencing Chinese culture and exploring the beauty of Hong Kong. Also includes a Chinese phrasebook to help you communicate with the locals.

CultureShock! Hong Kong

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CultureShock! Hong Kong

CultureShock! Hong Kong

A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

  • Author: Betty Wei,Elizabeth Li
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd
  • ISBN: 9814435708
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 321
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Despite the modern high-rise buildings, international brand names and many Caucasian faces, Hong Kong still retains much of its Asian character. Learn how fung shui influences the way of life and the importance of the concept of ‘face’, which affects interpersonal relationships and business transactions. Packed with practical tips and a comprehensive resource section, CultureShock! Hong Kong is all you will need to survive and succeed in this highly competitive society.

Insight Guides: Explore Hong Kong

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Insight Guides: Explore Hong Kong

Insight Guides: Explore Hong Kong

  • Author: Insight Guides
  • Publisher: Apa Publications (UK) Limited
  • ISBN: 1780057970
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: N.A
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With its fabled urban landscape and vibrant Chinese culture, Hong Kong is one of the world's most exciting cities. Explore Hong Kong is part of a brand-new series and is the ideal pocket companion when discovering this iconic city: a full-colour guide containing 18 easy-to-follow routes which lead you from the Peak, buzzing Lan Kwai Fong and Kowloon's markets to the beaches and mountains of Lantau and Hong Kong's New Territories, while excursions take you out to neighboring Shenzhen and Macau, which is famed for its casinos. Insight's trademark cultural coverage perfectly sets the routes in context, with introductions to Hong Kong's great food, wealth of shopping opportunities and historical significance. Each route guides you through an interesting area with clear directions, a detailed map and authentic places to eat and drink along the way. The directory section contains a wealth of practical information and a range of carefully selected hotels to suit all budgets. All routes are also plotted on the pull-out map. Whether you are new to the city or a repeat visitor, and however long your stay, Explore Hong Kong will help you get the best out of your trip.

Under The Wire

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Under The Wire

Under The Wire

  • Author: William Ash
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1448109922
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 416
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Determined to take on the Nazis, Texan Bill Ash joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1939 and in so doing sacrificed his citizenship. Before long, he was sent to England wherehe flew Spitfires. Shot down over France in March 1942, he survived the crash-landing and, thanks to local civilians, evaded capture for months only to be betrayed to the Gestapo in Paris. Tortured and sentenced to death as a spy, he was saved from the firing squad by the Luftwaffe who sent him to the infamous 'Great Escape' POW camp, Stalag Luft III. It was from there that Bill began his 'tour' of Occupied Europe. Breaking out of a succession of camps, he became one of only a handful of serial escape artists to attempt more than a dozen break-outs - over the wire, under it in tunnels, through it with cutters or simply strolling out of the camp gates in disguise! They were years of extraordinary hardship, frustration and brutality - the penalty for escaping was a long spell in solitary - but throughout it all Bill Ash displayed not just remarkable courage but also an anarchic sense of humour, great humanity and an unstoppable desire for freedom. Honest, funny and exciting, Under the Wire is both a riveting war memoir and a tribute to the bravery and resolve of an entire generation.

Die Kaapse bibliotekaris

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Die Kaapse bibliotekaris

Die Kaapse bibliotekaris

The Cape librarian

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Libraries
  • Page: N.A
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Issues for Nov. 1957- include section: Accessions. Aanwinste, Sept. 1957-

The Rough Guide to Hong Kong & Macau

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The Rough Guide to Hong Kong & Macau

The Rough Guide to Hong Kong & Macau

  • Author: Jules Brown,David Leffman
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 368
  • View: 7846
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A guide to traveling to and around Hong Kong and Macau includes listings for restaurants, hotels, nightlife, arts and entertainment, shopping, and recreation available in each area, providing directions and maps for some must-see sites.

The Literary Review

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The Literary Review

The Literary Review

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Arts
  • Page: N.A
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