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Wildlife

Bauhinia – Hong Kong orchid tree

Bauhinia – Hong Kong orchid tree

For much of the year, one of the commoner trees in Hong Kong’s city parks and…

Hong Kong Wild Stars: a rare dolphin, a spoonbill, a tree frog, and a dragonfly

Hong Kong Wild Stars: a rare dolphin, a spoonbill, a tree frog, and a dragonfly

There are some parts of the world whose names evoke images of both wildness and teeming…

Hong Kong Birding intro

Hong Kong Birding intro

Lying in the tropics, on migration routes for birds breeding from Japan west to Russia and…

Conservation

Turtle Park, Malaysia

Green turtle conservation on Pulau Selingaan, Sabah, Malaysia. Conservationists are helping to save these amazing relics…

Basic info on wild birds and H5N1 avian influenza

Basic info on wild birds and H5N1 avian influenza

Dead Ducks Don’t Fly: Wild Birds not Major H5N1 Vectors Notions that migratory birds are responsible…

Bird Flu inc H5N1 Info

Bird Flu – especially H5N1 Update, August 2022: This page originated at time when H5N1 was…

Science

Covid virulence, vaccines and variants

[Written for South China Morning Post on 6 January 2021] In January last year, as reports…

The Viral Time Bomb – Pandemic of Our Time

Guan Yi, director of the State Key Laboratory of Emerging Infectious Diseases at Hong Kong University,…

From China With Fear: the Wuhan Coronavirus Won’t Kill Us All

From China With Fear: the Wuhan Coronavirus Won’t Kill Us All

Written 23 January 2020; I’ve added a few later remarks in square brackets. Comic relief in…

Travel

Huizhou West Lake and Red Flower Lake

Huizhou West Lake and Red Flower Lake

Checking the schedule for long-distance, high speed rail routes from Hong Kong’s West Kowloon terminus, it…

Old Towns and Snow Peaks inc Shangri-La in Northwest Yunnan

Old Towns and Snow Peaks inc Shangri-La in Northwest Yunnan

Lots of Places You Absolutely Want to Go Daybreak in western Yunnan. Clouds are tinted pink…

To the Spice Islands of Wallacea, eastern Indonesia

To the Spice Islands of Wallacea, eastern Indonesia

Approaching Ternate from the air, I see a volcano rising from tropical blue sea, with green…