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Hong Kong with the Kids
Sep.14

Hong Kong with the Kids

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With a reputation as a city for top-notch shopping, nightlife, and with an incredibly fast pace of life, Hong Kong doesn’t usually come to mind when planning a vacation with the children. However, beyond the visuals of skyscrapers and neon lights lie hidden gems and opportunities for family entertainment and education. Hong Kong is a breeze to get around, has a very low crime ...
Hong Kong’s Ancient Walled Cities
Sep.14

Hong Kong’s Ancient Walled Cities

ThomasIronmonkSightsHong Kong218

Hong Kong , that sparkling city of Asian modernity, floating on islands of the South China Sea. Its image is rooted in the world’s mindset as an oriental Manhattan – a place of global finance, enormous malls, and luxuriant hotels. But it wasn’t always that way. In fact in the annals of history Hong Kong, at least the skyscraper forest we know and love, was forged from war alon...
Hui Ethnic Group in China
Sep.13

Hui Ethnic Group in China

Donna88SightsChina114

Hui ethnic group is the largest Muslim minority in China, and is one of China’s fifty-six distinct ethnic minorities. Ten of the fifty-six recognized ethnic minorities in China are Muslim groups and China's Muslim population now numbers twenty-three million. Over ten million are estimated to be Hui, and a little under ten million are Uyghurs. Hui communities are concentrat...
Hong Kong Heritage Through Architecture
Aug.21

Hong Kong Heritage Through Architecture

ThomasIronmonkSightsHong Kong219

Heritage is a hot debate in Hong Kong . What buildings need to be kept, which ones should face the wrecking ball? After all, many of these old buildings were British-built , and colonialism remains a divisive legacy. Some remember the British period fondly, some hold it in contempt while the majority have a rather ambivalent view: “It happened, and that’s that.” This article w...
What to See, Hear and Taste at Xian Muslim Quarter
July.21

What to See, Hear and Taste at Xian Muslim Quarter...

Heather CSightsXian150

If you are an experienced tourist or you know some locals in Xian, you won’t buy any souvenirs at the gift shop in Terracotta Warriors. You would wait until reaching Xi’an Muslim Quarter because souvenirs sold there are of better quality at ideal prices. Xian Muslim Quarter, also called Muslim Street, is actually the collective name of several streets, including Beiyuanmen Str...
Hong Kong’s Best Museums
July.11

Hong Kong’s Best Museums

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Whether your interest is art, science, history, or perhaps all three, Hong Kong has a story to tell . And this narrative is curated in a host of excellent museums scattered about the SAR. From the ancient to the new, from the regional to the international, Hong Kong’s deep well of information is on show for those curious enough to seek it out. As with everything in Asia’s Worl...
Get Immersed in Chimelong Ocean Kingdom
Jun.28

Get Immersed in Chimelong Ocean Kingdom

Heather CSightsZhuhai201

What an ordinary visit to a aquarium could be? You reach the entrance, get and redeem your ticket, then struggle yourself from the crowd to grasp a glimpse of the sea creatures inside the small windows, and end your day with dragging limbs and a bag bulged with souvenirs, which ,again, is the result of long waits in queue. This stereotype on aquarium experience, however, could...
History of Islam in Shanghai
Apr.24

History of Islam in Shanghai

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Shanghai has had a Muslim presence since as early as the late Song Dynasty and early Yuan Dynasty (1341-1868). Muslim officers and soldiers of the Yuan army brought their families and settled permanently in Songjiang, Jinshanwei and Jiading district. Two thousand Muslims of the Hui community settled permanently in Jinshanwei to strengthen the coastal areas. Now the Hui communi...
History of Islam in Guangzhou
Apr.18

History of Islam in Guangzhou

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History of Islam in Guangzhou Islam in Guangzhou has mostly arrived through trade since the Tang Dynasty in the late 7th century. For thousands of years, Guangzhou has been an important trading centre and commercial gateway to southern China. Arab traders came to this famous port city and stayed, and a led to the development and spread of Islamthroughout China. The Arabic mer...
History and Islam Culture of Hong Kong
Apr.05

History and Islam Culture of Hong Kong

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Islam has been a part of Hong Kong for several hundred years with a growing Muslim population that exceeds 200,000, and 30,000 or so are believed to be Hong Kong citizens. Islam's origin in Hong Kong go back as far as the nineteenth century when Europeans trading in the South China Sea brought South Asian sailors and merchants to Guangzhou, Macau, and Kowloon and made a ho...