Douglas Parkes

Commissioning Editor at SCMP, Douglas focuses on education topics. Having lived and worked in London, Shanghai and Hong Kong, he is also experienced in writing about a wide range of lifestyle subjects including bars and drinks, film, travel and music.
Douglas Parkes
Commissioning Editor at SCMP, Douglas focuses on education topics. Having lived and worked in London, Shanghai and Hong Kong, he is also experienced in writing about a wide range of lifestyle subjects including bars and drinks, film, travel and music.

Latest from Douglas Parkes

Fan Bingbing’s top 5 most iconic film and TV roles

From X-Men to The Empress of China, we look at five of the Chinese superstar’s most memorable acting roles

16 Sep 2019 - 3:47PM

From X-Men to The Empress of China, we look at five of the Chinese superstar’s most memorable acting roles

Fan Bingbing’s top 5 most iconic film and TV roles
Where to have a zero waste night out: the top Hong Kong bars committed to serving eco-friendly drinks

Booze-fuelled revelry doesn’t lend itself to restraint, but environmentally ethical Hong Kong bars like John Anthony, Potato Head and Draft Land are offering drinks produced with sustainable practices.

12 Sep 2019 - 3:18AM

Booze-fuelled revelry doesn’t lend itself to restraint, but environmentally ethical Hong Kong bars like John Anthony, Potato Head and Draft Land are offering drinks produced with sustainable practices.

Where to have a zero waste night out: the top Hong Kong bars committed to serving eco-friendly drinks
H Code’s new restaurant Root Central on Pottinger Street serves up French-inspired Asian dishes

H Code’s latest restaurant is led by Chef Vito Chan, who hails from Amber and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, and uses French skills to create tasty Asian dishes from local produce

4 Sep 2019 - 12:00PM

H Code’s latest restaurant is led by Chef Vito Chan, who hails from Amber and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, and uses French skills to create tasty Asian dishes from local produce

H Code’s new restaurant Root Central on Pottinger Street serves up French-inspired Asian dishes
5 best disaster movies to watch while waiting out a typhoon in Hong Kong

When heavy winds and rain hit the city, there’s a great way to survive – curled up under a duvet to watch movies such as The Day After Tomorrow, Twister and Contagion

8 Aug 2019 - 3:19PM

When heavy winds and rain hit the city, there’s a great way to survive – curled up under a duvet to watch movies such as The Day After Tomorrow, Twister and Contagion

5 best disaster movies to watch while waiting out a typhoon in Hong Kong
‘It’s a new can of worms’: How Hong Kong director Stephen Fung set the tone for Wu Assassins, Netflix’s first martial arts drama

Hong Kong director follows up his work on AMC’s Into the Badlands with the first two episodes of Netflix’s first martial arts drama starring The Raid’s Iko Uwais

8 Aug 2019 - 11:44AM

Hong Kong director follows up his work on AMC’s Into the Badlands with the first two episodes of Netflix’s first martial arts drama starring The Raid’s Iko Uwais

‘It’s a new can of worms’: How Hong Kong director Stephen Fung set the tone for Wu Assassins, Netflix’s first martial arts drama
Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon on her new career as a DJ and collaborating with 3LAU and Ummet Ozcan

Hyoyeon has been playing some of Asia’s biggest clubs and EDM festivals, and receiving rave reviews for her work

2 Aug 2019 - 4:00PM

Hyoyeon has been playing some of Asia’s biggest clubs and EDM festivals, and receiving rave reviews for her work

Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon on her new career as a DJ and collaborating with 3LAU and Ummet Ozcan
Wu Assassins, The Naked Director and 3 other shows on Netflix to watch out for this August

New seasons of Glow and Dear White People are coming up on Netflix, while Saint Seiya gets a reboot

31 Jul 2019 - 3:03PM

New seasons of Glow and Dear White People are coming up on Netflix, while Saint Seiya gets a reboot

Wu Assassins, The Naked Director and 3 other shows on Netflix to watch out for this August
Shakira and 4 other strong and independent football WAGs who are stars in their own right

Wives and girlfriends of soccer stars Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Paulo Dybala and Kevin-Prince Boateng have all achieved success by themselves

24 Jul 2019 - 2:30PM

Wives and girlfriends of soccer stars Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Paulo Dybala and Kevin-Prince Boateng have all achieved success by themselves

Shakira and 4 other strong and independent football WAGs who are stars in their own right
Review | Picky Eaters: can an avowed meat eater get a taste for the plant-based fare at POP vegan?

Vegetarianism and veganism are on the rise, even in big meat-consuming Hong Kong where plant-based food abounds. Will Douglas Parkes bite the bullet and give it a try?

22 Jul 2019 - 4:13PM

Vegetarianism and veganism are on the rise, even in big meat-consuming Hong Kong where plant-based food abounds. Will Douglas Parkes bite the bullet and give it a try?

Picky Eaters: can an avowed meat eater get a taste for the plant-based fare at POP vegan?
Who is Lashana Lynch – the new 007? 5 things you may not know about James Bond’s replacement

British actress who takes over iconic ‘licence to kill’ is the latest in a recent line of progressive casting

18 Jul 2019 - 12:31PM

British actress who takes over iconic ‘licence to kill’ is the latest in a recent line of progressive casting

Who is Lashana Lynch – the new 007? 5 things you may not know about James Bond’s replacement
Stranger Things season 3, and 4 other shows to look out for on Netflix in July

From established hits like Orange is the New Black to new Korean dramas, don’t miss these shows on Netflix this July

6 Aug 2019 - 4:07PM

From established hits like Orange is the New Black to new Korean dramas, don’t miss these shows on Netflix this July

Stranger Things season 3, and 4 other shows to look out for on Netflix in July
What’s the most important ingredient in a cocktail? You’ll never guess ...
Familiar yet adventurous, Jashan serves up an unsurpassed selection of Indian dishes

Those seeking extra-special Indian fare can check out this Hollywood Road restaurant offering reasonably priced food that is well out of the ordinary

18 Jun 2019 - 1:45PM

Those seeking extra-special Indian fare can check out this Hollywood Road restaurant offering reasonably priced food that is well out of the ordinary

Familiar yet adventurous, Jashan serves up an unsurpassed selection of Indian dishes
Black Salt Tavern adds a pinch of the exotic to drinking and dining

Shek Tong Tsui gastropub puts a South Asian twist on fare and refreshment to offer a satisfyingly delicious taste of Nepalese, Bengali and Sri Lankan cuisine

18 Jun 2019 - 12:30PM

Shek Tong Tsui gastropub puts a South Asian twist on fare and refreshment to offer a satisfyingly delicious taste of Nepalese, Bengali and Sri Lankan cuisine

Black Salt Tavern adds a pinch of the exotic to drinking and dining
Is Taqueria Super Macho the Mexican restaurant Hong Kong has been waiting for?

The city has long needed an affordable Mexican restaurant of reasonable quality, but the menu at this casual taco joint misses the mark

19 Jun 2019 - 10:26AM

The city has long needed an affordable Mexican restaurant of reasonable quality, but the menu at this casual taco joint misses the mark

Is Taqueria Super Macho the Mexican restaurant Hong Kong has been waiting for?
3 cocktails with a kick that will take the edge off summer

Battle Hong Kong’s rising temperatures and humidity with these refreshing tropical tipples at some of the city’s top bars, from VEA Lounge to Honi Honi Tiki Lounge

18 Jun 2019 - 6:21AM

Battle Hong Kong’s rising temperatures and humidity with these refreshing tropical tipples at some of the city’s top bars, from VEA Lounge to Honi Honi Tiki Lounge

3 cocktails with a kick that will take the edge off summer
5 things you didn’t know about Tyler Kwon, K-pop star Jessica Jung’s super-rich boyfriend

The businessman and media mogul, who turns 39 on June 9, once dated singer-actress Gillian Chung, and is a graduate of one of the world’s top business schools

9 Jun 2019 - 10:00AM

The businessman and media mogul, who turns 39 on June 9, once dated singer-actress Gillian Chung, and is a graduate of one of the world’s top business schools

5 things you didn’t know about Tyler Kwon, K-pop star Jessica Jung’s super-rich boyfriend
Kids' paradise: 6 luxury Asian family resorts to check into next school holidays

Fun-packed children’s clubs – even a purpose-built Kids Hotel – and day-long surprise activities for youngsters await in Bali, Thailand, the Philippines, Maldives and Vietnam

2 Jun 2019 - 10:00AM

Fun-packed children’s clubs – even a purpose-built Kids Hotel – and day-long surprise activities for youngsters await in Bali, Thailand, the Philippines, Maldives and Vietnam

Kids' paradise: 6 luxury Asian family resorts to check into next school holidays
Step aside, Hugh Jackman: 8 stars Marvel should consider for the top X-Men roles

Now that Marvel has reacquired the rights to X-Men, there’s speculation it will recast the superheroes. Here’s who they should consider

31 May 2019 - 1:00PM

Now that Marvel has reacquired the rights to X-Men, there’s speculation it will recast the superheroes. Here’s who they should consider

Step aside, Hugh Jackman: 8 stars Marvel should consider for the top X-Men roles
5 new Netflix TV shows to get you through your Game of Thrones hangover this June

Catch up with the latest episodes in the Black Mirror, Arthdal Chronicles, Aggretsuko, The Chef Show series, and Shaft franchise

31 May 2019 - 12:22PM

Catch up with the latest episodes in the Black Mirror, Arthdal Chronicles, Aggretsuko, The Chef Show series, and Shaft franchise

5 new Netflix TV shows to get you through your Game of Thrones hangover this June
6 pubs in Madrid where you can watch Liverpool vs Spurs in the Uefa Champions League final

Choose from Penalti Reina Victoria, La Fontana de Oro or four Irish drinking establishments to see the biggest club game in European soccer

30 May 2019 - 5:01PM

Choose from Penalti Reina Victoria, La Fontana de Oro or four Irish drinking establishments to see the biggest club game in European soccer

6 pubs in Madrid where you can watch Liverpool vs Spurs in the Uefa Champions League final
5 scenes that made ‘cool-as-ice gangster’ Chow Yun-fat a screen legend

Famously modest in real life, Chow Yun-fat’s brilliant on-screen action exploits made him an icon, writes Douglas Parkes

18 May 2019 - 10:30AM

Famously modest in real life, Chow Yun-fat’s brilliant on-screen action exploits made him an icon, writes Douglas Parkes

5 scenes that made ‘cool-as-ice gangster’ Chow Yun-fat a screen legend
The Avengers cast: 10 facts that might surprise you

Have you heard Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr is a martial arts fan, Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, turned vegan, and Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson failed as a singer?

30 Apr 2019 - 3:47PM

Have you heard Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr is a martial arts fan, Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, turned vegan, and Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson failed as a singer?

The Avengers cast: 10 facts that might surprise you
5 Marvel characters who could replace Robert Downey Jnr as Iron Man

It’s rumoured that Avengers: Endgame could be Robert Downey Jnr’s last appearance as Iron Man. We look at five possible replacements from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

16 May 2019 - 5:39PM

It’s rumoured that Avengers: Endgame could be Robert Downey Jnr’s last appearance as Iron Man. We look at five possible replacements from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

5 Marvel characters who could replace Robert Downey Jnr as Iron Man
3 sexy new cocktails that give new meaning to happy hour in Hong Kong

This season, sip on the Negroncino cocktail at Kytaly, the Chilcano from Chifa and the Shui Revive at Hutong

23 Apr 2019 - 2:00AM

This season, sip on the Negroncino cocktail at Kytaly, the Chilcano from Chifa and the Shui Revive at Hutong

3 sexy new cocktails that give new meaning to happy hour in Hong Kong
Upscale highballs are Hong Kong’s newest drinks craze – right in time for summer

The old-fashioned drink is taking over local bars like TheThirty Six and Ronin, with mixologists stirring innovation into the mix

22 Apr 2019 - 2:00AM

The old-fashioned drink is taking over local bars like TheThirty Six and Ronin, with mixologists stirring innovation into the mix

Upscale highballs are Hong Kong’s newest drinks craze – right in time for summer
Kung fu theme packs a punch at Hong Kong-style Dragon Noodles Academy

Red lanterns and golden dragons set the scene at this colourful restaurant, making dining here quite an experience

10 Apr 2019 - 10:30AM

Red lanterns and golden dragons set the scene at this colourful restaurant, making dining here quite an experience

Kung fu theme packs a punch at Hong Kong-style Dragon Noodles Academy
Mott 32 – an Aladdin’s cave of Cantonese delights

The restaurant boasts a varied menu and award-winning interior design, which highlights the history of Hong Kong and China

10 Apr 2019 - 9:00AM

The restaurant boasts a varied menu and award-winning interior design, which highlights the history of Hong Kong and China

Mott 32 – an Aladdin’s cave of Cantonese delights
5 of the most beautiful and exclusive drinks bottles for Art Week in Hong Kong

Whether Karuizawa’s Geisha Series or 1800 Tequila’s Essential Artists collection featuring the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, this liquor is worth grabbing for the exclusive artistic packaging

30 Mar 2019 - 2:00PM

Whether Karuizawa’s Geisha Series or 1800 Tequila’s Essential Artists collection featuring the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, this liquor is worth grabbing for the exclusive artistic packaging

5 of the most beautiful and exclusive drinks bottles for Art Week in Hong Kong
5 things we know about Wong Kar-wai’s new film, ‘Blossoms’

The Hong Kong director, known for hits including ‘Chungking Express’, says his first new film in six years will tie-in with 2000’s ‘In the Mood for Love’

28 Mar 2019 - 4:26PM

The Hong Kong director, known for hits including ‘Chungking Express’, says his first new film in six years will tie-in with 2000’s ‘In the Mood for Love’

5 things we know about Wong Kar-wai’s new film, ‘Blossoms’