August 26, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- American secrets-leaker Edward Snowden ended up in Moscow accidentally, after Cuba, under U.S. pressure, blocked entry to the former National Security Agency analyst, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported, citing unnamed Russian and Western government sources. “His choice of itinerary and his request for help were an absolute surprise for us. We did not invite him,” a Russian official told the newspaper. However, Western countries suspect that the Russians asked Snowden to come to their consulate in Hong Kong, where he was hiding from U.S. authorities after leaking information about the NSA's widespread spying.
August 23, 2013 |
Wong Kar Wai is known as an international master of moody romance, making films filled with a yearning melancholy. His "In the Mood for Love" was the only film from this century to make the Top 25 of a recent Sight & Sound poll of the greatest films of all time. So news that he was making a kung fu film tracing the life of Ip Man, who would famously go on to train Bruce Lee, caught many of his fans off-guard. Playing now in Los Angeles, the long-awaited film has already been the biggest commercial hit of Wong's career in China, even with its unlikely combination of a rousing martial arts story and a moving tale of romantic longing.
August 20, 2013 |
It costs a lot of money to rent space for a store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills -- about $575 per square foot per year -- but Southern California's priciest retail real estate is a steal compared with those in other prominent cities such as Hong Kong and New York. Hong Kong is the world's most expensive city for shopkeepers by a pretty wide margin, according to CBRE Group Inc. Rents for prime property there averaged $4,328 per foot in the second quarter, a recent report by the real estate brokerage said.
August 1, 2013 |
An explosion, a drug overdose, a car wreck, an undercover sting. All happen in such quick succession in the crime thriller "Drug War," the sensation is like being dropped into the middle of something much larger than random villainy. That is exactly what prolific Hong Kong director Johnnie To intended. The filmmaker treats "Drug War" like one of those high-profile cases that accidentally falls into law enforcement's lap. The film begins in Jinhai, a city in the southwest Chinese province of Guizhou and makes its way to one of the ports that a major drug cartel is considering for its export trade.
July 22, 2013 |
Justin Campbell of Simi Valley had three hits to help the USA 12U national team defeat Hong Kong, 18-0, at the International Baseball Federation World Cup in Taiwan. Next up for the USA team is a game against Russia on Tuesday. Eric.email@example.com
July 17, 2013 |
The first of 10 theme parks planned for a 2,000-acre resort billed as the "Orlando of China" is expected to open in late 2013 after three years of construction. The $2-billion marine-based Chimelong Ocean Kingdom theme park on Hengqin Island in China is to be connected by bridge to Macau and by ferry to Hong Kong. Chimelong Group already operates a resort about 75 miles northwest of Hong Kong, in Guangzhou, that includes the Chimelong Paradise theme park as well as a safari park, water park, crocodile farm and hotels.
July 6, 2013 |
It already seems like 2014 is shaping up as a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world, as a number of new theme parks are planned for Europe and several major attractions are in the works for Asia. PHOTOS: Best new international theme park rides for 2014 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap at international parks (outside the United States). As is often the case, some projects may get delayed while new ones will get announced. Since it is still early, I'll update my top 14 over the coming months as new projects are announced.
July 5, 2013 |
The gig: Dominic Ng, 54, is chairman and chief executive of Pasadena's East West Bank, formerly a savings and loan association based in L.A.'s Chinatown that he built into the nation's largest Chinese American bank, with $23 billion in assets. The bank operates in California, New York, Boston, Seattle, Houston and Atlanta, with full-service branches in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shantou, China. A specialty is helping Americans navigate a maze of regulations to invest in China - and increasingly vice versa, as Chinese investors buy U.S. businesses and homes.
July 1, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Carrying banners saying “defend freedom” and “Chinese colonialists get out,” tens of thousands of marchers took to the rainy streets of Hong Kong on Monday to demand full direct elections and removal of the city's chief executive. “We want one person, one vote,” activist Joshua Wong told the crowd that massed at Victoria Park and then marched toward the city's central business district. “That's why we are here. " The annual democracy demonstration coincided with celebrations marking the 16thanniversary of Britain's handover of the former colony to China in 1997.
July 1, 2013 |
Hong Kong's M+, the long-awaited art museum to be built in the city's West Kowloon Cultural District, officially has an architecture team. The Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron has been selected to design the museum, along with the London-Hong Kong firm TFP Farrells. M+ is scheduled to be completed in 2017 and will be a key part of the city's new cultural district, a waterfront development that will serve as home to visual and performing arts organizations. Planners hope the $642-million museum will become one of the world's top modern and contemporary art destinations on the level of the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Herzog & de Meuron said it was selected based on a recommendation from an international jury.