The Long Bar at the Shanghai Club Reopens

At the height of Empire, the Shanghai Club took pride of place along the Bund, not far from the old headquarters of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, the most imposing stone edifice along the prestigious waterfront strip. Constructed by the British, it was an "old boys' club"  (as the British would say), and the most …

Does Traveling Make You Fat?

Early morning airline flights are such a drag! Michael Taylor hates them so much that he has frequently considered spending the night before departure at an airport hotel so that he could sleep in longer. A company in the United States has put together park, sleep, fly packages that make this an affordable alternative. Many People Put on Weight …

Waldorf Astoria: the Long Bar in Shanghai Gets a New Lease of Life

When Richard Nixon visited the Great Wall during his historic visit to China in 1972, he famously commented, “This is a great wall!” You cannot help but wonder what he would have said if he been shown the Long Bar in the Shanghai Club on the Bund in Shanghai. I'm not sure what exactly became …

Shark ’s Fin Soup: Is It Safe?

Is industrial grade hydrogen peroxide and ammonia being used to bleach shark's fins? That is what some disturbing news reports seem to suggest. “Recent news reports in China and Hong Kong have circulated footage of an underground shark fin processing factory that uses industrial grade hydrogen peroxide and ammonia to bleach fins,” says WildAid, a …

Shark ’s Fin Soup: the Secret Is in the Stock

Shark's fin soup is considered to be a delicacy. It is a featured dish at many banquets. And it is certainly among one of the priciest items on the menu at many Chinese restaurants. So it came as a bit of a surprise when I learned that shark's fin itself doesn't have much – if …

Taipei Adventure: Part Three

Taiwanese Travelogue I ordered some type of noodles and dumplings. I can't remember what type, but they were both delicious. After paying, thanking the owner of the shop, and saying goodbye to him and his wife, I asked which direction my hotel was in. “Oh, it's very far from here,” the man said. “You can't …