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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

by Jan Morris

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A wonderful portrait of Hong Kong by one of our favorite travel writers. Morris enumerates the many personal pleasures of the city, deftly interweaving reportage, history and culture. (HKG02, $17.00)

Culture Smart! Hong Kong

Culture Smart! Hong Kong

by Clare Vickers

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (HKG24, $9.95)

Lonely Planet Hong Kong & Macau City Guide

Lonely Planet Hong Kong & Macau City Guide

by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 380 PAGES

This practical guide to Hong Kong features maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature, and plenty of information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. With color photographs and excellent travel information. (HKG14, $21.99)

Hong Kong Map

Hong Kong Map

by Nelles

  • MAP

A detailed, colorful folded map of Hong Kong, scale 1:22,500. (HKG15, $13.95)

 
Eyewitness Top Ten Hong Kong

Eyewitness Top Ten Hong Kong


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With handy pullout map. (HKG45, $14.00)

Fodor's Hong Kong, With Macau and the South China Cities

Fodor's Hong Kong, With Macau and the South China Cities


by Fodor's Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A practical guide in the popular series, filled with valuable information on accommodation, shopping, sights, and dining. (HKG38, $21.99)

Insight Select Hong Kong

Insight Select Hong Kong


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A handy pocket guide to secret gems and off-beat itinerary ideas for a memorable stay in Hong Kong. With a handpicked list of hotels for all tastes and budgets and travel tips. (CHN675, $15.00)

Lonely Planet Cantonese Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Cantonese Phrasebook


by Kam Y. Lau

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES

A palm-sized handy guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (HKG19, $8.99)

National Geographic Hong Kong

National Geographic Hong Kong


by Phil Macdonald

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A compact guide featuring National Geographic's usual attention to maps and color photography. (HKG37, $22.95)

Wallpaper City Guide Hong Kong

Wallpaper City Guide Hong Kong


by Wallpaper City Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES
  • COMING IN NOVEMBER

A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations. (HKG46, $11.95)

Hong Kong, A Cultural History

Hong Kong, A Cultural History


by Michael Ingham

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Beneath the surface of Hong Kong's cliched self-image as Pearl of the Orient and Shopping Paradise, Michael Ingham reveals a city rich in history, myth, and cultural diversity. (HKG29, $20.95)

Understanding China

Understanding China


by John Bryan Starr

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A Yale professor's essential primer on the history, politics and economy of China. A succinct and refreshingly forthright best-selling guide, this third edition brings us right up to date with events in the rapidly evolving nation. (CHN196, $17.95)

Golden Boy, Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood

Golden Boy, Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood


by Martin Booth

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 337 PAGES

Booth writes with warmth of his youthful rambles in this sharp-eyed, affectionate memoir of coming of age in colonial Hong Kong. The book is a portrait of place, of a lost time, and most especially of his friends and family. (HKG23, $19.00)

Outposts, Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire

Outposts, Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire


by Simon Winchester

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 362 PAGES

Winchester's fascinating, globe-trotting account of scattered, mostly oceanic, outposts of the British Empire shows his usual flair for anecdote in describing Hong Kong, Diego Garcia, Tristan de Cunha, St. Helena, As-cension, Pitcairn, Antarctica and the Falkland Islands. (GBR569, $14.99)

Fragrant Harbor

Fragrant Harbor


by John Lanchester

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Lanchester, in this satisfying novel of Hong Kong, spins an atmospheric tale of the city in the 1930s and 1940s bracketed by a parallell tale of business dealings, power and greed in the 1990s. (CHN266, $15.00)

Kowloon Tong, A Novel of Hong Kong

Kowloon Tong, A Novel of Hong Kong


by Paul Theroux

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES

With its strong sense of place and contemporary setting in Hong Kong at a time of transition, this fast-paced novel is an illuminating and imaginative look at the city. (HKG12, $15.95)

Mrs. Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha

Mrs. Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha


by Dorothy Gilman

  • MYSTERY
  • 1988
  • PAPER

Grandma Pollifax, the CIA agent, is at it again, hot on the trail of jewel thieves, drug dealers and murderers in the city of Hong Kong. Part of the popular series, this mystery is great fun. (HKG17, $7.99)

Tai-Pan

Tai-Pan


by James Clavell

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 736 PAGES

Another volume in Clavell's well known Asia series, this book focuses on Hong Kong and its most powerful trading company. Tai-pans were the Hong Kong-based resident managers of the China/India trade. (ASA04, $16.00)

The Ballad of a Small Player

The Ballad of a Small Player


by Lawrence Osborne

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

In this riveting novel, Osborne immerses the reader in the psychology of a gambler entrenched the underworld of Macau's casinos. Hong Kong and Macau outside of the gambling scene are depicted with great accuracy and allure. (HKG47, $25.00)

The Honourable Schoolboy

The Honourable Schoolboy


by John Le Carre

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 608 PAGES

Le Carre at his best, with British Secret Service agent George Smiley at work among the backstreets of Hong Kong, and across Asia. A riveting cold war spy story that is suffused in Hong Kong atmosphere. (HKG01, $16.00)

The Last Six Million Seconds

The Last Six Million Seconds


by John Burdett

  • MYSTERY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 385 PAGES

Author of the popular Bangkok detective series, Burdett shifts his focus to Hong Kong this time, and the eve of the British handover to the Chinese in 1997, for this subtle, carefully plotted thriller (HKG44, $15.00)

The Piano Teacher

The Piano Teacher


by Janice Y. K. Lee

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

This gripping tale of love and betrayal evokes the life and culture of Hong Kong from 1942, on the eve of the Japanese invasion, through the 1950s. (CHN606, $15.00)

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