James Legge

James Legge is an online writer for The Independent

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Noma has taken the award as the world's best restaurant for five out of the past six years

Postcard from... Hong Kong

The Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront offers some of the best views of Victoria Harbour and the island’s famed skyline. It also offers pungent fried squid for HK$30 (around £2.50) and a great chance to see coachloads of Chinese mainlanders taking pictures of everything they see.

Pro-democracy politicians leave to boycott the Legislative Council meeting in Hong Kong on Wednesday

Hong Kong election: Plans to appoint chief executive are in 'strict compliance' with instructions from China - and ignore democracy campaigners' demands

Campaigners left 'totally disappointed with the reform' and threaten fresh unrest – including storming government buildings

Postcard from... Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Filipina maids are to blame for the infidelities of their rich expat employers. Or at least that was one pro-Beijing politician’s contribution to public discourse this week.

The new rail route would boost trade and tourism between China and Nepal

Beijing-Nepal rail link: China considers drilling tunnel under Mount Everest in effort to boost trade and tourism

But the development risks causing more tension with India over China's ambitions in south Asia

Pro-democracy lawmakers brandish yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the Occupy Central movement, as Chun-ying (blue tie) delivers his address

Hong Kong protests: Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying warns island could yet descend into 'anarchy' if pro-democracy demonstrations continue

Lawmakers unfurled yellow umbrellas and banners saying 'shame on you' as Mr Leung made his first annual policy speech since the mass sit-ins that demanded greater freedoms in the Chinese territory

A pro-democracy protester in Macau calls for free leadership elections

Macau still part of 'one China', says President Xi Jinping

Chinese leader woos the casino city with a pair of giant pandas but reminds its citizens that he is very much in charge
In this photo taken through a tinted glass, Thomas Kwok, left, co-chairman of Hong Kong developer Sun Hung Kai Properties, is escorted by staff members from Hong Kong Correctional Services inside a van outside the High Court in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong bung scandal: tycoon guilty of bribing lawman

Thomas Kwok awaits sentencing in biggest graft case in country's history

Eni Lestari said that she'd been underpaid because of agency “fees”

Landmark court case puts plight of Hong Kong's immigrant workers in spotlight

Indonesian maid alleges horrific treatment by her employer – and it's not an isolated story

Postcard from... Macau

There’s an easy way to get around free in Macau. Just hop on any of the shuttle buses that ferry millions of annual visitors to and from casinos.

Tents line the road at the Admiralty protest site

Hong Kong protests: Occupy Central leaders surrender to police to jeers from pro-Beijing protesters

While students staging a hunger strike have written an open letter to Chief Executive Leung Chunying demanding more talks

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