Cliff Buddle
Cliff Buddle
Special Projects Editor
A journalist for more than 30 years, Cliff Buddle began his career as a court reporter in London and moved to Hong Kong in 1994 to join the Post. He returned to the UK in August 2022. Specialising in court reporting and legal affairs, he has held a variety of editorial positions, including Deputy Editor and Acting Editor-in-Chief. He is a regular columnist.

After spending decades in Hong Kong with its warm waters, ferries and junk trips, the English coast’s cold weather, colder water and faded towns still stir this writer’s heart.

In Hong Kong, I faced typhoons that threatened to take my roof off. In England, storms equally strong have struck, but it is the rain and short, dark days of winter that are hard to endure.


The South China Morning Post has evolved with Hong Kong and mainland China since the publishing of its first edition in 1903. We look back at the newspaper’s history and the events that have defined it.

Annual festivals make living in Hong Kong fun, but for this Briton November 5 wasn’t the same without Guy Fawkes Night, when bonfires and fireworks mark the foiling of a bomb plot in 1605.

Hong Kong’s wet markets were a spectacle, offering the freshest produce, some of it alive. While English village markets don’t compare, they’re still an important part of rural life.

After three years avoiding Covid-19 in Hong Kong and then not catching it in over a year back in the UK, Cliff Buddle began to believe he was immune. Now, reality has dawned.

After Hong Kong’s worst site accident 30 years ago, there were new laws and promises of lessons learned. But today there are still far too many deaths.

I got hooked on designer clothes in Hong Kong but in the UK countryside it’s all about practicality. Was all the effort and expense that had gone into those luxury-brand purchases worth it?

A survey has shown a growing lack of interest in politics. Yet engagement is needed if the city is to rebuild its reputation as being vibrant and open.

His attempts at nurturing choi sum aside, Cliff Buddle is enjoying the wide variety of locally and home-grown fruit and vegetables on offer in ‘the garden of England’ after returning from Hong Kong.

The Observatory has often been under fire for either overstating or underestimating a typhoon’s impact. However, it is best to err on the side of caution.

One year in the Weald of Kent is ‘so far, so good’. Even the weather has been bearable. Do I miss Hong Kong? Of course. But not as much as I thought I would.