Adam Nebbs

Adam Nebbs

Adam has lived in Hong Kong since 1988. He briefly managed the demise of the Wanderlust travel bookshop on Hollywood road in the mid 1990s, then worked as Associate Editor on Cathay Pacific’s inflight magazine Discovery for several years. He began writing Travellers’ Checks for Post Magazine in 1998, working for several years under the pseudonym Peter Walbrook. A former contributing editor for the exclusive luxury travel guide NB Review, he has also edited several books, including the first-ever travel guide to Uzbekistan in 1996, and 'The Amazing Adventures of Betsy And Niki' (2008) by Captain Charles “Chic” Eather. His non-fiction book 'The Great Fire of Hong Kong', was published in 2010.

Latest from Adam Nebbs

Travellers' Checks | When Hong Kong welcomed back an old friend, P&O ocean liner RMS Canton, in 1947, and its last voyage, to a Hong Kong breaker’s yard, 15 years later

When P&O ocean liner the RMS Canton sailed into Victoria Harbour in 1947, it marked the resumption of passenger services from Britain after the war.

26 May 2020 - 10:20AM

When P&O ocean liner the RMS Canton sailed into Victoria Harbour in 1947, it marked the resumption of passenger services from Britain after the war.

When Hong Kong welcomed back an old friend, P&O ocean liner RMS Canton, in 1947, and its last voyage, to a Hong Kong breaker’s yard, 15 years later
Travellers' Checks | Ferry to Hong Kong: the 1959 film about a stateless passenger who spent 10 months aboard the Lee Hong

Directed by Lewis Gilbert, the movie tells the real-life tale of Steven Ragan, a drifter who was stuck sailing between Hong Kong and Macau.

15 May 2020 - 3:15PM

Directed by Lewis Gilbert, the movie tells the real-life tale of Steven Ragan, a drifter who was stuck sailing between Hong Kong and Macau.

Ferry to Hong Kong: the 1959 film about a stateless passenger who spent 10 months aboard the Lee Hong
Travellers' Checks | Personal plane seat covers – could they feature in the ‘new normal’ of flying?

Seat Sitters, Fresh Flight are just some of the companies selling reusable and disposable seat covers, with face masks and wipes thrown in for good measure.

8 May 2020 - 5:38AM

Seat Sitters, Fresh Flight are just some of the companies selling reusable and disposable seat covers, with face masks and wipes thrown in for good measure.

Personal plane seat covers – could they feature in the ‘new normal’ of flying?
Travellers' Checks | The Indonesian island of Bali made quite an impression on early Western visitors

Hongkongers who wished to travel to the Island of the Gods in the 1930s would have had to sail there, a voyage that took just over a week. Those without the time or money to go made do with lectures given by those who had recently returned.

1 May 2020 - 3:06AM

Hongkongers who wished to travel to the Island of the Gods in the 1930s would have had to sail there, a voyage that took just over a week. Those without the time or money to go made do with lectures given by those who had recently returned.

The Indonesian island of Bali made quite an impression on early Western visitors
Travellers' Checks | Macau showboats: a nostalgic look back at Hollywood’s favourite steamer ferries

In the 1950s, A-list actors travelled between Hong Kong and Macau aboard now-retired steamliners, albeit some purely thanks to the magic of the movies.

24 Apr 2020 - 2:53PM

In the 1950s, A-list actors travelled between Hong Kong and Macau aboard now-retired steamliners, albeit some purely thanks to the magic of the movies.

Macau showboats: a nostalgic look back at Hollywood’s favourite steamer ferries
Travellers' Checks | How to read travel guides in a time of coronavirus – wanderlust and more while we’re stuck at home

Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, Bradt, et al, are making a suitable case for travel-inspired locked-down reading.

17 Apr 2020 - 2:30PM

Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, Bradt, et al, are making a suitable case for travel-inspired locked-down reading.

How to read travel guides in a time of coronavirus – wanderlust and more while we’re stuck at home
Travellers' Checks | Website reveals extent of pain in the cruising industry, all at sea because of the coronavirus pandemic

Hundreds of ships around the world are floating offshore, in quarantine or otherwise indisposed.

10 Apr 2020 - 8:09PM

Hundreds of ships around the world are floating offshore, in quarantine or otherwise indisposed.

Website reveals extent of pain in the cruising industry, all at sea because of the coronavirus pandemic
Travellers' Checks | How Hong Kong’s Peninsula hotel came to be – in the 1920s, accommodation could not be found for ‘love nor money’

In 1921, plans for a property where each room would have its own bathroom with ‘modern plumbing’ were drawn up. It eventually opened, in 1928, as The Peninsula.

3 Apr 2020 - 7:11PM

In 1921, plans for a property where each room would have its own bathroom with ‘modern plumbing’ were drawn up. It eventually opened, in 1928, as The Peninsula.

How Hong Kong’s Peninsula hotel came to be – in the 1920s, accommodation could not be found for ‘love nor money’
Travellers' Checks | Room travel – a voyage we can all take during times of coronavirus quarantine and lockdown

French soldier Xovier de Maistre invented the niche literary genre while confined to his room for six weeks.

27 Mar 2020 - 1:00PM

French soldier Xovier de Maistre invented the niche literary genre while confined to his room for six weeks.

Room travel – a voyage we can all take during times of coronavirus quarantine and lockdown
Travellers' Checks | The Stella Polaris: when Hong Kong welcomed the grand cruise ship, in 1929

One of the world’s first purpose-built luxury cruise ships, the Stella also carried writer Evelyn Waugh around the Mediterranean.

24 Mar 2020 - 11:30AM

One of the world’s first purpose-built luxury cruise ships, the Stella also carried writer Evelyn Waugh around the Mediterranean.

The Stella Polaris: when Hong Kong welcomed the grand cruise ship, in 1929
Travellers' Checks | The RMS Laconia, first ship to sail around the world for pleasure, brought an American with pneumonia to Hong Kong

The 130-day voyage carried 400 passengers from New York to New York via various ports, and all but two made the journey home.

6 Mar 2020 - 12:18PM

The 130-day voyage carried 400 passengers from New York to New York via various ports, and all but two made the journey home.

The RMS Laconia, first ship to sail around the world for pleasure, brought an American with pneumonia to Hong Kong
Travellers' Checks | Remembering Hong Kong’s Repulse Bay Hotel, where Hemingway hung out on ‘the Riviera of the East’

The heritage property, which was demolished in 1982, would have celebrated its centenary this year.

28 Feb 2020 - 3:53PM

The heritage property, which was demolished in 1982, would have celebrated its centenary this year.

Remembering Hong Kong’s Repulse Bay Hotel, where Hemingway hung out on ‘the Riviera of the East’
Travellers' Checks | When 11 pilots set out to fly from Rome to Tokyo a century ago, only two made it

It took the successful crews more than three months to reach their destination, where they received heroes welcomes.

15 Apr 2020 - 12:41PM

It took the successful crews more than three months to reach their destination, where they received heroes welcomes.

When 11 pilots set out to fly from Rome to Tokyo a century ago, only two made it
Travellers' Checks | MV Astoria: the world’s oldest ocean going cruise ship to set sail for last time

The former MS Stockholm is expected to be retired after an eventful, storied 72 years at sea.

14 Feb 2020 - 1:23PM

The former MS Stockholm is expected to be retired after an eventful, storied 72 years at sea.

MV Astoria: the world’s oldest ocean going cruise ship to set sail for last time
Travellers' Checks | The Boeing 747 at 50: how first wide-body airliner changed commercial aviation forever

Hong Kong welcomed its first Boeing 747 flight, a Pan Am, on April 11, 1970. When a Singaporean flew on one of the revolutionary wide-body jets a few weeks later, it was headline news in the Southeast Asian country.

7 Feb 2020 - 8:00PM

Hong Kong welcomed its first Boeing 747 flight, a Pan Am, on April 11, 1970. When a Singaporean flew on one of the revolutionary wide-body jets a few weeks later, it was headline news in the Southeast Asian country.

The Boeing 747 at 50: how first wide-body airliner changed commercial aviation forever
Travellers' Checks | Sherlock Holmes author’s extensive yet unsung adventures to feature in new travelogue

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was an unusually well-travelled man, although few of his explorations have been published.

31 Jan 2020 - 2:25PM

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was an unusually well-travelled man, although few of his explorations have been published.

Sherlock Holmes author’s  extensive yet unsung adventures to feature in new travelogue
Travellers' Checks | Van Lear Black, the man who proved the potential for long-haul passenger flights

When Van Lear Black landed in Hong Kong, on a stopover from London to Tokyo in 1930, he was said to be the world’s most widely travelled air passenger.

17 Jan 2020 - 3:28PM

When Van Lear Black landed in Hong Kong, on a stopover from London to Tokyo in 1930, he was said to be the world’s most widely travelled air passenger.

Van Lear Black, the man who proved the potential for long-haul passenger flights
Travellers' Checks | Macau’s old Hotel Lisboa the star of exhibition featuring photos captured by locals

Nostalgia for its striking birdcage design is born from a contrast to its ugly sister, the Grand Lisboa, next door.

10 Jan 2020 - 6:35PM

Nostalgia for its striking birdcage design is born from a contrast to its ugly sister, the Grand Lisboa, next door.

Macau’s old Hotel Lisboa the star of exhibition featuring photos captured by locals
Travellers' Checks | Traditional Thai tattoos on offer at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel – for a price

The Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel namechecks Angelina Jolie, Ryan Phillippe and Brooke Shields as sak yant recipients.

3 Jan 2020 - 2:34PM

The Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel namechecks Angelina Jolie, Ryan Phillippe and Brooke Shields as sak yant recipients.

Traditional Thai tattoos on offer at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel – for a price
Travellers' Checks | Shanghai’s Westbund Hotel to open at location of ‘greatest air disaster in China’s aviation history’

On December 25, 1946, three aircraft crashed trying to locate Shanghai’s Lunghwa Airport in thick fog. It closed to airlines in 1966 and has been redeveloped into art galleries, museums and upmarket hotels.

20 Dec 2019 - 2:34PM

On December 25, 1946, three aircraft crashed trying to locate Shanghai’s Lunghwa Airport in thick fog. It closed to airlines in 1966 and has been redeveloped into art galleries, museums and upmarket hotels.

Shanghai’s Westbund Hotel to open at location of ‘greatest air disaster in China’s aviation history’
Travellers' Checks | The top 15 hotel openings to look forward to in 2020

In Asia, the ones to watch out include the Capella Bangkok – finally – and Six Senses’ property near Jaipur

12 Dec 2019 - 6:45PM

In Asia, the ones to watch out include the Capella Bangkok – finally – and Six Senses’ property near Jaipur

The top 15 hotel openings to look forward to in 2020
Travellers' Checks | Hong Kong’s Star Ferry makes it into Lonely Planet’s Amazing Boat Journeys book

The 10-minute, 28 US cent trip across Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour features in Lonely Planet’s new book Amazing Boat Journeys alongside Yangtze, Mekong and Nile river cruises and sailing around the Galapagos islands.

6 Dec 2019 - 7:35AM

The 10-minute, 28 US cent trip across Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour features in Lonely Planet’s new book Amazing Boat Journeys alongside Yangtze, Mekong and Nile river cruises and sailing around the Galapagos islands.

Hong Kong’s Star Ferry makes it into Lonely Planet’s Amazing Boat Journeys book
Travellers' Checks | The Bikini Killer: serial murderer Charles Sobhraj to be subject of Netflix drama The Serpent

Murderer, 75, who terrorised Asia in 1970s remains behind bars in Nepal.

29 Nov 2019 - 10:40AM

Murderer, 75, who terrorised Asia in 1970s remains behind bars in Nepal.

The Bikini Killer: serial murderer Charles Sobhraj  to be subject of Netflix drama The Serpent
Travellers' Checks | Retrace 1926 Amundsen flight to the North Pole in a luxury airship

A two-bed cabin for the 36-hour voyage will set you back just under US$64,000.

22 Nov 2019 - 7:27PM

A two-bed cabin for the 36-hour voyage will set you back just under US$64,000.

Retrace 1926 Amundsen flight to the North Pole in a luxury airship
Travellers' Checks | Flying from Hong Kong to Da Nang once took almost six hours

These days the popular route can be covered in less than 90 minutes, and with the Vietnamese destination growing in popularity, there are now more than 30 flights operating between the two cities.

15 Nov 2019 - 3:45PM

These days the popular route can be covered in less than 90 minutes, and with the Vietnamese destination growing in popularity, there are now more than 30 flights operating between the two cities.

Flying from Hong Kong to Da Nang once took almost six hours
Travellers' Checks | One of communist China’s first luxury hotels reopens in Beijing as the BEI Zhaolong Hotel

First opened in 1985, the ‘legendary’ Zhaolong Hotel was named after the father of Hong Kong shipping tycoon Pao Yue-kong.

8 Nov 2019 - 3:48PM

First opened in 1985, the ‘legendary’ Zhaolong Hotel was named after the father of Hong Kong shipping tycoon Pao Yue-kong.

One of communist China’s first luxury hotels reopens in Beijing as the BEI Zhaolong Hotel
Travellers' Checks | The first direct London to Hong Kong flight 70 years ago took a total of 37 hours

The BOAC Argonaut had pressurised cabins, allowing it to operate at twice the speed and altitude of its compar­atively cumbersome counterparts.

1 Nov 2019 - 2:25PM

The BOAC Argonaut had pressurised cabins, allowing it to operate at twice the speed and altitude of its compar­atively cumbersome counterparts.

The first direct London to Hong Kong flight 70 years ago took a total of 37 hours
Travellers' Checks | New Guinea: an Australian cruise offers the chance to explore ‘the last unknown’

The 35-night voyage starts and ends in Darwin and, at US$17,000 per person, does not come cheap.

25 Oct 2019 - 4:14PM

The 35-night voyage starts and ends in Darwin and, at US$17,000 per person, does not come cheap.

New Guinea: an Australian cruise offers the chance to explore ‘the last unknown’
Travellers' Checks | The MS World, ‘the largest residential private yacht on earth’, is coming to Hong Kong

Arrival to hark back to days before aviation took off in Hong Kong, when elegant cruise ships, such as the Asama Maru and her two sister ships, made front-pages news.

18 Oct 2019 - 11:00AM

Arrival to hark back to days before aviation took off in Hong Kong, when elegant cruise ships, such as the Asama Maru and her two sister ships, made front-pages news.

The MS World, ‘the largest residential private yacht on earth’, is coming to Hong Kong
Travellers' Checks | Instagram-shattering 10-flight trip takes Hongkongers from world’s most northerly to most southerly airports

Norwegian has added Ushuaia, in Patagonia, to its network, allowing a journey from world’s most northerly international airport, in Svalbard, to its most southerly. Hongkongers can turn this into a round-the-world journey.

11 Oct 2019 - 4:03PM

Norwegian has added Ushuaia, in Patagonia, to its network, allowing a journey from world’s most northerly international airport, in Svalbard, to its most southerly. Hongkongers can turn this into a round-the-world journey.

Instagram-shattering 10-flight trip takes Hongkongers from world’s most northerly to most southerly airports