The way we were

From Mr Alexander Mathieson. Sir, Was that a wisp of nostalgia or a minor Freudian slip when Rahul Jacob described Guangzhou as being ‘just across the border from Hong Kong’ ?

Future shock

James Palmer charts the dying days of Maoism – from the 1976 earthquake to the power struggles – in ‘The Death of Mao’

Sensitive arias

A new opera about Sun Yat-sen has displeased the authorities in Beijing

Property sales and rent renegotiations dominate conversation in Hong Kong, writes Rahul Jacob


India’s modern mutinies

Asian powerhouse or failing state? Rahul Jacob reviews books by Arundhati Roy, Mark Tully, Siddhartha Deb and Sonia Faleiro

Ai and I

The young US journalist Alison Klayman talks about her documentary on the imprisoned Chinese artist

Workers’ paradise?

China is trying to manufacture a brand new luxury tourism hotspot that forecasts to attract 77m visitors a year by 2020, up from 25m (mainly domestic tourists) today

Sitting on the Ritz

Styled in a mixture of bling and excess, the new Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong can leave one feeling detached from the vibrant city far below