Douglas Parkes

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.

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Hong Kong’s best new cocktails: from Quinary – among Asia’s 50 Best Bars – to the Rosewood’s DarkSide on Victoria Dockside and Okinawan bar Awa Awa

Sample three of Hong Kong’s best new cocktails: from one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, one of the hottest of nightspots on Victoria Dockside and from a new Okinawan bar

Sample three of Hong Kong’s best new cocktails: from one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, one of the hottest of nightspots on Victoria Dockside and from a new Okinawan bar

Hong Kong’s best new cocktails: from Quinary – among Asia’s 50 Best Bars – to the Rosewood’s DarkSide on Victoria Dockside and Okinawan bar Awa Awa
14 Oct 2021 - 2:00PM
Review | Hong Kong’s best new bars reviewed: from Argo at the Four Seasons Hotel, to Kyle & Bain and Zzura – are these the classiest cocktails in town?

We picked up a drink (or three) at the city’s hottest new nightlife hang-outs – from Argo at the Four Seasons to Kyle & Bain and Gagan Gurung’s latest venture Zzura

We picked up a drink (or three) at the city’s hottest new nightlife hang-outs – from Argo at the Four Seasons to Kyle & Bain and Gagan Gurung’s latest venture Zzura

Hong Kong’s best new bars reviewed: from Argo at the Four Seasons Hotel, to Kyle & Bain and Zzura – are these the classiest cocktails in town?
9 Oct 2021 - 3:00PM
Q&A | The world’s oldest single malt, Gordon & MacPhail’s 80-year-old Glenlivet whisky, is up for auction – and David Adjaye crafted a case that’s just as luxurious – exclusive interview

The world-renowned architect on creating an oak case for Gordon & MacPhail’s limited edition 80-year-old Glenlivet whisky, with the first decanter up for auction in Hong Kong on October 7

The world-renowned architect on creating an oak case for Gordon & MacPhail’s limited edition 80-year-old Glenlivet whisky, with the first decanter up for auction in Hong Kong on October 7

The world’s oldest single malt, Gordon & MacPhail’s 80-year-old Glenlivet whisky, is up for auction – and David Adjaye crafted a case that’s just as luxurious – exclusive interview
6 Oct 2021 - 5:16PM
Shang-Chi’s Fala Chen on Marvel, motherhood and Asian representation in Hollywood – an exclusive interview with the former HBO’s The Undoing and Hong Kong TVB star

The Chengdu-born actress stars alongside Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Michelle Yeoh and Tony Leung in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ historic Asian-majority cast

The Chengdu-born actress stars alongside Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Michelle Yeoh and Tony Leung in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ historic Asian-majority cast

Shang-Chi’s Fala Chen on Marvel, motherhood and Asian representation in Hollywood – an exclusive interview with the former HBO’s The Undoing and Hong Kong TVB star
13 Sep 2021 - 4:43PM
Are Japan’s royal protocols stricter than Britain’s? Queen Elizabeth has personal rules about gifts, but Emperor Naruhito has to get approval – plus 6 more regulations

Britain’s royal protocols have been in the spotlight following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s unconventional baby name, but what rules do Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have to follow in Japan?

Britain’s royal protocols have been in the spotlight following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s unconventional baby name, but what rules do Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have to follow in Japan?

Are Japan’s royal protocols stricter than Britain’s? Queen Elizabeth has personal rules about gifts, but Emperor Naruhito has to get approval – plus 6 more regulations
22 Aug 2021 - 7:00AM
What next for Dwayne Johnson since quitting Fast & Furious? Jungle Cruise and Netflix’s Red Notice drop soon – in 2022 The Rock plays DC superhero Black Adam, and Superman’s dog …

The Rock is on a roll – he might have just quit F&F after some public beef with Vin Diesel, but the world’s highest-paid actor already has movies with Netflix, Disney and DC coming up … plus a nationwide tequila van tour

The Rock is on a roll – he might have just quit F&F after some public beef with Vin Diesel, but the world’s highest-paid actor already has movies with Netflix, Disney and DC coming up … plus a nationwide tequila van tour

What next for Dwayne Johnson since quitting Fast & Furious? Jungle Cruise and Netflix’s Red Notice drop soon – in 2022 The Rock plays DC superhero Black Adam, and Superman’s dog …
31 Jul 2021 - 12:05AM
Review | What will Hong Kong locals think of the city’s first ‘British Chinese’ restaurant? 1908BC brings deliberately inauthentic cuisine to Sheung Wan’s expat-friendly neighbourhood

Sheung Wan’s new 1908BC is sure to tickle homesick UK expats – but what did our Australian-Chinese food editor make of its deliberate culinary mishmashes?

Sheung Wan’s new 1908BC is sure to tickle homesick UK expats – but what did our Australian-Chinese food editor make of its deliberate culinary mishmashes?

What will Hong Kong locals think of the city’s first ‘British Chinese’ restaurant? 1908BC brings deliberately inauthentic cuisine to Sheung Wan’s expat-friendly neighbourhood
27 Jul 2021 - 12:00PM
Snake Eyes is a bold new beginning for G.I. Joe: how Henry Golding, Iko Uwais and the rest of the Asian-led cast are resetting the all-American toy franchise

Rooted in military iconography and Cold War fears, G.I. Joe was the quintessential all-male, all-white, all-American toy franchise – but this new cinematic spin-off hopes to reset the clock

Rooted in military iconography and Cold War fears, G.I. Joe was the quintessential all-male, all-white, all-American toy franchise – but this new cinematic spin-off hopes to reset the clock

Snake Eyes is a bold new beginning for G.I. Joe: how Henry Golding, Iko Uwais and the rest of the Asian-led cast are resetting the all-American toy franchise
24 Jul 2021 - 9:00AM
Bedu restaurant review: unfussy Middle Eastern street food with a contemporary twist, in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan ‘hood

With understated decor, intimate lighting and a relaxed vibe, this Sheung Wan hangout is the ideal place for a cosy gathering with close friends – or a date

With understated decor, intimate lighting and a relaxed vibe, this Sheung Wan hangout is the ideal place for a cosy gathering with close friends – or a date

Bedu restaurant review: unfussy Middle Eastern street food with a contemporary twist, in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan ‘hood
23 Jul 2021 - 10:10AM
What killed Bruce Lee – triads, a jealous lover, an ancient Chinese curse or the legendary ‘touch of death’? 6 conspiracy theories explored

It’s been 48 years since the martial arts icon suddenly died, but the conspiracy theories are as enduring as his legacy – from triads to a jealous lover, who or what really killed Bruce Lee?

It’s been 48 years since the martial arts icon suddenly died, but the conspiracy theories are as enduring as his legacy – from triads to a jealous lover, who or what really killed Bruce Lee?

What killed Bruce Lee – triads, a jealous lover, an ancient Chinese curse or the legendary ‘touch of death’? 6 conspiracy theories explored
20 Jul 2021 - 10:00AM
Where to try molecular mixology in Hong Kong: upscale Central bars Quinary, The Old Man and even The Pontiac are shaking up the city’s cocktail scene

Molecular gastronomy was a thing back in the 90s, but now molecular mixology is trending – so what is it and how can it spice up your drink?

Molecular gastronomy was a thing back in the 90s, but now molecular mixology is trending – so what is it and how can it spice up your drink?

Where to try molecular mixology in Hong Kong: upscale Central bars Quinary, The Old Man and even The Pontiac are shaking up the city’s cocktail scene
16 Jul 2021 - 7:21PM
JuJu Chan’s 10 favourite film fight scenes, from Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris in The Way of the Dragon, to Keanu Reeves’ throwing knives scene in John Wick: Chapter 3

Dubbed a modern-day, female Bruce Lee, the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny actress talks stand-out martial arts scenes from the 1970s to today

Dubbed a modern-day, female Bruce Lee, the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny actress talks stand-out martial arts scenes from the 1970s to today

JuJu Chan’s 10 favourite film fight scenes, from Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris in The Way of the Dragon, to Keanu Reeves’ throwing knives scene in John Wick: Chapter 3
16 Jul 2021 - 4:43PM
Grain review: Gweilo beer and the Woolly Pig HK team up for a new Kennedy Town gastropub – sorry, ‘hybrid restaurant and craft beer brewlab’

They call it a ‘hybrid restaurant and craft beer brewlab’ – we call it a gastropub

They call it a ‘hybrid restaurant and craft beer brewlab’ – we call it a gastropub

Grain review: Gweilo beer and the Woolly Pig HK team up for a new Kennedy Town gastropub – sorry, ‘hybrid restaurant and craft beer brewlab’
8 Jul 2021 - 10:00AM
He trained Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, but who was martial arts master Yu Jim-yuen, the forgotten ‘godfather’ of Hong Kong kung fu cinema?

He trained the future ‘Three Dragons’ of Hong Kong’s kung fu cinema and even took in Jackie Chan as his godson – so why haven’t you heard of Yu Jim-yuen?

He trained the future ‘Three Dragons’ of Hong Kong’s kung fu cinema and even took in Jackie Chan as his godson – so why haven’t you heard of Yu Jim-yuen?

He trained Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, but who was martial arts master Yu Jim-yuen, the forgotten ‘godfather’ of Hong Kong kung fu cinema?
4 Jul 2021 - 7:00AM
Netflix’s Wish Dragon is a Chinese take on Aladdin: star Jimmy Wong talks anti-Asian hate, Disney’s Mulan controversy – and why he idolises the film’s producer Jackie Chan

Netflix’s new animated adventure Wish Dragon stars Jimmy Wong in the lead role – the Mulan actor tells STYLE why not being ‘seen’ on screen suits him just fine this time

Netflix’s new animated adventure Wish Dragon stars Jimmy Wong in the lead role – the Mulan actor tells STYLE why not being ‘seen’ on screen suits him just fine this time

Netflix’s Wish Dragon is a Chinese take on Aladdin: star Jimmy Wong talks anti-Asian hate, Disney’s Mulan controversy – and why he idolises the film’s producer Jackie Chan
11 Jun 2021 - 3:45PM
3 best cocktails to try in Hong Kong now: restaurants and bars at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, K11 Musea and more offer up Instagrammable concoctions for summer nightcaps

The city has seen a recent trend where coffee shops transform into bars at night, but some of the best tipples can only be found at upscale establishments like The Aubrey, Artisan Lounge and The Upper Deck

The city has seen a recent trend where coffee shops transform into bars at night, but some of the best tipples can only be found at upscale establishments like The Aubrey, Artisan Lounge and The Upper Deck

3 best cocktails to try in Hong Kong now: restaurants and bars at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, K11 Musea and more offer up Instagrammable concoctions for summer nightcaps
10 May 2021 - 5:56PM
How Covid-19 helped Hong Kong finally embrace cafe-bars: serving coffee by day and cocktails by night really shouldn’t be such a big deal

Daytime hangs and after-hours haunts are rarely found together in Hong Kong’s hospitality scene – but the pandemic is changing things, fast

Daytime hangs and after-hours haunts are rarely found together in Hong Kong’s hospitality scene – but the pandemic is changing things, fast

How Covid-19 helped Hong Kong finally embrace cafe-bars: serving coffee by day and cocktails by night really shouldn’t be such a big deal
30 Apr 2021 - 12:42PM
Explainer | Who was Yasuke, the real black samurai who inspired Netflix’s new series? He’s appeared in anime and video games like Afro Samurai and Nioh, but little is known about his life

His story has been fictionalised in anime and video games before but there are precious few documented facts about his life – so who was the fabled African samurai, and just how did he end up in Japan?

His story has been fictionalised in anime and video games before but there are precious few documented facts about his life – so who was the fabled African samurai, and just how did he end up in Japan?

Who was Yasuke, the real black samurai who inspired Netflix’s new series? He’s appeared in anime and video games like Afro Samurai and Nioh, but little is known about his life
29 Apr 2021 - 2:56PM
Opinion | Why didn’t Johnnie To ever get an Oscar nod? Bruce Lee and Wong Kar-wai put Hong Kong cinema on the map, but the Election director made the city’s best post-handover movies

He may be consistently acclaimed, but To continues to be overlooked by Hollywood and international audiences – here’s why The Mission director deserves to be acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest filmmakers

He may be consistently acclaimed, but To continues to be overlooked by Hollywood and international audiences – here’s why The Mission director deserves to be acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest filmmakers

Why didn’t Johnnie To ever get an Oscar nod? Bruce Lee and Wong Kar-wai put Hong Kong cinema on the map, but the Election director made the city’s best post-handover movies
21 Apr 2021 - 2:20PM
Mortal Kombat star Ludi Lin talks overcoming racism, anti-Asian prejudice in America and drawing inspiration from Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan to play Liu Kang – exclusive interview

In an exclusive STYLE interview the Chinese-Canadian action star talks plainly about anti-Asian prejudice in America and drawing inspiration from Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan to play Liu Kang

In an exclusive STYLE interview the Chinese-Canadian action star talks plainly about anti-Asian prejudice in America and drawing inspiration from Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan to play Liu Kang

Mortal Kombat star Ludi Lin talks overcoming racism, anti-Asian prejudice in America and drawing inspiration from Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan to play Liu Kang – exclusive interview
22 Apr 2021 - 3:59PM
Opinion | The rise and fall of Leslie Cheung – the King of Cantopop’s story will forever bookend Hong Kong’s glory days

The King of Canto-pop’s suicide shook the city to its core: the singer and actor seemed to represent the best of ‘old Hong Kong’, and when he died, the pop culture he represented lost its spark forever

The King of Canto-pop’s suicide shook the city to its core: the singer and actor seemed to represent the best of ‘old Hong Kong’, and when he died, the pop culture he represented lost its spark forever

The rise and fall of Leslie Cheung – the King of Cantopop’s story will forever bookend Hong Kong’s glory days
31 Mar 2021 - 12:00PM
What’s veteran Hong Kong actor Simon Yam’s most shocking X-rated film? Before hits like Young and Dangerous, Yam spent the 1990s making notoriously sexual and violent Category III flicks

Before winning an award for Echoes of the Rainbow in 2010, Yam spent the 1990s making ill-advised X-rated flicks featuring everything from human incineration to necrophilia, showing extraordinary range if dubious taste

Before winning an award for Echoes of the Rainbow in 2010, Yam spent the 1990s making ill-advised X-rated flicks featuring everything from human incineration to necrophilia, showing extraordinary range if dubious taste

What’s veteran Hong Kong actor Simon Yam’s most shocking X-rated film? Before hits like Young and Dangerous, Yam spent the 1990s making notoriously sexual and violent Category III flicks
19 Mar 2021 - 5:21PM
100 Top Tables – 10 Best Bars in Hong Kong: Enjoy inventive cocktails and the attractive ambience at outlets like DarkSide, PDT and The St. Regis Bar

Despite the pandemic, these establishments managed to raise their standards and retain customers – an incredible feat even as the F&B industry suffered much loss

Despite the pandemic, these establishments managed to raise their standards and retain customers – an incredible feat even as the F&B industry suffered much loss

100 Top Tables – 10 Best Bars in Hong Kong: Enjoy inventive cocktails and the attractive ambience at outlets like DarkSide, PDT and The St. Regis Bar
19 Mar 2021 - 11:30AM
Are Wong Kar-wai’s new 4K restorations better than the originals? With fresh cuts of In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express and more, is the new Criterion Blu-ray box set worth shelling out for?

The Hong Kong auteur has been busy touching up and re-editing In the Mood for Love and the rest of his iconic oeuvre, but how are the new versions different, and is the new Blu-ray box set worth shelling out for?

The Hong Kong auteur has been busy touching up and re-editing In the Mood for Love and the rest of his iconic oeuvre, but how are the new versions different, and is the new Blu-ray box set worth shelling out for?

Are Wong Kar-wai’s new 4K restorations better than the originals? With fresh cuts of In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express and more, is the new Criterion Blu-ray box set worth shelling out for?
15 Mar 2021 - 8:00AM
5 Asian actresses who made it in Hollywood, from Crazy Rich Asians’ Michelle Yeoh to Maggie Q, who appeared alongside Jackie Chan in Rush Hour and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III

As Asian talent – especially women – often has to fight for recognition in Hollywood, for International Women’s Day we decided to celebrate these Asian actresses who found global success

As Asian talent – especially women – often has to fight for recognition in Hollywood, for International Women’s Day we decided to celebrate these Asian actresses who found global success

5 Asian actresses who made it in Hollywood, from Crazy Rich Asians’ Michelle Yeoh to Maggie Q, who appeared alongside Jackie Chan in Rush Hour and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III
8 Mar 2021 - 12:43PM
Scotch whisky is back: while Japanese single malts and Australia’s Sullivans Cove have been winning all the awards, a rare Macallan Lalique 50 Year Old just sold for US$136,000

Japanese single malts and Australia’s Sullivans Cove might have been winning all the awards, but a Hong Kong auction of aged Scotch from Macallan and Glen Grant suggest that the tide may be turning for whisky connoisseurs

Japanese single malts and Australia’s Sullivans Cove might have been winning all the awards, but a Hong Kong auction of aged Scotch from Macallan and Glen Grant suggest that the tide may be turning for whisky connoisseurs

Scotch whisky is back: while Japanese single malts and Australia’s Sullivans Cove have been winning all the awards, a rare Macallan Lalique 50 Year Old just sold for US$136,000
28 Feb 2021 - 12:00PM
11 best Hong Kong films on Netflix to stream this Lunar New Year: from Jackie Chan action movies to romance with Andy Lau and classic Chow Yun-fat comedies

Feet up, it’s time for a Lunar New Year with Netflix: forget The Queen’s Gambit and choose a classic Hong Kong flick starring local heroes Jackie Chan, Chow Yun-fat and Stephen Chow

Feet up, it’s time for a Lunar New Year with Netflix: forget The Queen’s Gambit and choose a classic Hong Kong flick starring local heroes Jackie Chan, Chow Yun-fat and Stephen Chow

11 best Hong Kong films on Netflix to stream this Lunar New Year: from Jackie Chan action movies to romance with Andy Lau and classic Chow Yun-fat comedies
16 Feb 2021 - 1:06PM
Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi’s 5 best performances – from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon to Memoirs of a Geisha and The Grandmaster about Bruce Lee’s teacher Ip Man

The actress’ most memorable roles include landmark films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha – yet she still has had to battle against gossip aimed at pulling her down

The actress’ most memorable roles include landmark films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha – yet she still has had to battle against gossip aimed at pulling her down

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi’s 5 best performances – from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon to Memoirs of a Geisha and The Grandmaster about Bruce Lee’s teacher Ip Man
9 Feb 2021 - 10:00AM
Netflix’s Space Sweepers marks Song Joong-ki’s first film since ‘Song-Song’ couple divorced – 5 things to know about ‘South Korea’s Star Wars’, also starring The Handmaiden’s Kim Tae-ri

The film might boast bankable stars in Song Joong-ki and Kim Tae-ri, but can Korea’s first true sci-fi epic measure up to legendary Hollywood flicks like Star Wars and Avatar?

The film might boast bankable stars in Song Joong-ki and Kim Tae-ri, but can Korea’s first true sci-fi epic measure up to legendary Hollywood flicks like Star Wars and Avatar?

Netflix’s Space Sweepers marks Song Joong-ki’s first film since ‘Song-Song’ couple divorced – 5 things to know about ‘South Korea’s Star Wars’, also starring The Handmaiden’s Kim Tae-ri
5 Feb 2021 - 8:00AM
Scotland’s Glenfiddich and Japan’s Suntory whisky, to Hennessy cognac: 7 of the best Lunar New Year special edition bottles – including the first Johnnie Walker King George V special release

Good riddance to the Year of the Rat: drink to a more hopeful looking Year of the Ox in style, starting with a fine whisky or cognac to savour

Good riddance to the Year of the Rat: drink to a more hopeful looking Year of the Ox in style, starting with a fine whisky or cognac to savour

Scotland’s Glenfiddich and Japan’s Suntory whisky, to Hennessy cognac: 7 of the best Lunar New Year special edition bottles – including the first Johnnie Walker King George V special release
4 Feb 2021 - 4:00PM