Cameron Dueck

A sailing trip allows Cameron Dueck to discover places he’s never taken the time to visit in years hiking and kayaking in Hong Kong. You don’t need a boat to rediscover the city you thought you knew, though, if you have the spirit of exploration.


Winnipeg, the spiritual home of Winnie the Pooh, has much to offer, from world-class museums to a strong cultural identity that celebrates its First Nations heritage

Cameron Dueck goes on a kayak adventure over several days in Double Haven in the northeast New Territories, discovering historic villages amid an intricate maze of islands and bays


Xu Hongci is one of a tiny number of escapees from the prison camps of Maoist China; his autobiography has been translated into English from the Chinese original, published by Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo in 2008

Cruising the Åland Islands between Sweden and Finland is an opportunity to get back to nature, and off the internet grid, with a few rums thrown in

A slow drive from Bangkok to Phuket with random turns down hairy side roads is a great way to see – and smell – life in rural southern Thailand, where you’re never far from the sea

The Red Guards used violence to prove their devotion to Mao, but their example inspired reformist intellectual movements that transformed the country, writes academic Guobin Yang

Author Rob Schmitz, a foreign correspondent, offers interesting in-depth profiles which chronicle personal change at a local level and against a backdrop of national ideological shifts

Whether playing in the shallows or surfing in the waves, camping out on remote beaches or exploring traditional villages, there are easily accessible kayaking spots for all types in Hong Kong

The best that can be said about this thin and rather condescending attempt to offer life lessons based on Chinese philosophy is that it might encourage some modicum of reflection – and might show readers that their problems are not novel

Time loses its meaning for Cameron Dueck while staying in a grass hut in Raja Ampat, in a remote and still-undeveloped corner of East Asia where he weaves between islands by longboat, admiring the karst topography above the waves and the dazzling corals and marine life below


John Aitchison has been all over the world filming exotic animals in the wild, and his book well describes the astounding beauty that makes the tedium and failure worth enduring

Dragons in Diamond Village describes how the authorities collude with land developers and thugs to dispossess some of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable

Far to the west in China is a place that is as different to the rest of China as one could imagine. Its people have fair hair and green eyes, the land is sandy and mountainous, and the languages spoken have no relation to those heard in the east.

Author interviews survivors of June 4, 1989, military action to shed new light on Chinese government suppression of memories of what happened - a work of particular interest in Hong Kong in wake of Occupy Central protests.

Xinran's latest book confirms all the worst stereotypes of young Chinese going overseas to study and start their careers: spoilt, incompetent and arrogant - and all because mummy and daddy coddled them.

Intimate Rivals, written by a member of the United States' Council on Foreign Relations, is not a particularly entertaining read - it contains few colourful anecdotes - but it is well written with coherent narrative.

Every paddle stroke brings into view another coral reef and another school of colourful fish flashing through the water beneath our hulls. The sky stretches achingly clear and blue overhead. Palawan is one of the most pristine and remote corners of the Philippines.

Calauit Island reserve, once the exclusive preserve of dictator and dignitaries, is home to giraffes and zebras tame enough to feed by hand.

A collection of hundreds of letters, diary entries and personal stories from four crucial days at the end of the second world war, Swansong 1945 captures the exhaustion and disillusionment with the conflict, and finally the relief when it ends.

A ray of hope in the resilient human spirit shines through a tale of oppression and treachery, writes Cameron Dueck.

In Manchuria by Michael Meyer retraces the region's past, showing the importance it played in history while suggesting where it may go in the future.

The memoir of Hans Fallada, one of Germany's most well-regarded writers, is finally published. Cameron Dueck reads about a dissenting life during Nazism.

Paper, like film and the phonograph, revolutionised our cultures but have now been replaced by digital alternatives. As paper increasingly fades into history, the story of its role and evolution is at risk of being lost, erasing the roadmap that brought us to the digital era.

The weather-beaten Penghu archipelago, in the Taiwan Strait, has seen its fair share of pirates and invading navies. Now it is welcoming tourists.Words and pictures by Cameron Dueck.

Statesman Deng Xiaoping's grit and organisational skill made him one of China's most effective leaders. His four Singapore-inspired reforms - in farming, industry, defence and technology - transformed the mainland during the 1980s, paving the way for today's mega-state.

The first thing I look for in a travel guidebook is how it describes places that I know well. If it's good, it will recommend some of the sites, restaurants and activities I send my friends to, and it will also tell me something I don't know about a place I know well.

Following in the footsteps of climbing legends reveals how little the mountains and valleys of Uttarakhand have changed in the past 75 years. Words and pictures by Cameron Dueck.

Few lands can match Siberia for its history of exploitation, both of its people and of its minerals. That exploitation helped create its legendary reputation as one of the world's most remote and difficult places to live, with only the damned and the greedy making their homes in its vast forests.

Perhaps the greatest volcanic eruption of all time gives today's scientists a blueprint of the sorry future we may be facing as a result of climate change.

Everything you've heard about Russians and their consumption of copious amounts of vodka is true. Not only that, but Russia has lurched - physically and figuratively - from one government to the next, from war to peace and economic boom to bust, all while well and truly sauced on the lethal clear liquor.

Rediscovered in 1911, the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, now tops many a tourist's bucket list, writes Cameron Dueck.

Bypassing the jungle of the Darien Gap, Cameron Dueck sails to South America through the idyllic but 'dangerous' San Blas archipelago.

The ghosts of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula tell the tragic tale of a lost civilisation. Words and pictures by Cameron Dueck.

The twists and white-knuckle turns of this sprawling national park in southern Texas are best enjoyed on two wheels, finds Cameron Dueck.