Jamie Carter

Jamie has been writing about travel, technology and astronomy for SCMP.com for almost a decade. He's visited over 60 countries, picking up travel hacks and tech tips along the way. However, he's usually in search of wilderness and dark skies to indulge his joint interests of photography and stargazing. Astronomy and travel clash in his latest venture, WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com
Jamie Carter
Jamie has been writing about travel, technology and astronomy for SCMP.com for almost a decade. He's visited over 60 countries, picking up travel hacks and tech tips along the way. However, he's usually in search of wilderness and dark skies to indulge his joint interests of photography and stargazing. Astronomy and travel clash in his latest venture, WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com

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Where to see the next seven eclipses in Asia – solar, lunar, blood moons, annular – from now until 2028

From Oman to New Zealand, these are the places in Asia-Pacific to see the next eclipses, including the longest total eclipse between now and the year 2132.

18 Jul 2019 - 2:16PM

From Oman to New Zealand, these are the places in Asia-Pacific to see the next eclipses, including the longest total eclipse between now and the year 2132.

Where to see the next seven eclipses in Asia – solar, lunar, blood moons, annular – from now until 2028
Half-blood moon eclipse over Asia: best time to see the partial lunar eclipse on July 17

A partial lunar eclipse will occur just before dawn on Wednesday, July 17 in Asia. For Asia, the moon will turn 65 per cent blood red when it is close to setting in the western sky.

9 Jul 2019 - 6:43PM

A partial lunar eclipse will occur just before dawn on Wednesday, July 17 in Asia. For Asia, the moon will turn 65 per cent blood red when it is close to setting in the western sky.

Half-blood moon eclipse over Asia: best time to see the partial lunar eclipse on July 17
China and Japan the top Asia bucket list destinations; Hong Kong edges out Singapore, Phuket the top city

Phuket is the most popular Asian destination, appearing on almost half of all bucket lists, followed by Tokyo and Hong Kong. China’s Great Wall and Forbidden City and Japan’s Mount Fuji are the top tourist attractions.

29 Jun 2019 - 7:13PM

Phuket is the most popular Asian destination, appearing on almost half of all bucket lists, followed by Tokyo and Hong Kong. China’s Great Wall and Forbidden City and Japan’s Mount Fuji are the top tourist attractions.

China and Japan the top Asia bucket list destinations; Hong Kong edges out Singapore, Phuket the top city
Trendy Asia vs emerging Europe: Hong Kong travel habits revealed, and the best time to book flights

There has been a surge of interest among Hongkongers in short breaks in Chiang Mai, Da Nang and Fukuoka this summer, while the top trending long-haul destinations include Copenhagen, Zurich, Athens, Melbourne and Sydney.

22 Jun 2019 - 8:35PM

There has been a surge of interest among Hongkongers in short breaks in Chiang Mai, Da Nang and Fukuoka this summer, while the top trending long-haul destinations include Copenhagen, Zurich, Athens, Melbourne and Sydney.

Trendy Asia vs emerging Europe: Hong Kong travel habits revealed, and the best time to book flights
Singapore Airlines slips to second best, Cathay Pacific up to fourth in Skytrax World Airline Awards

Flag carrier of Qatar bags four awards, as does Singapore Airlines, which slips to second place in world’s best rankings; Cathay Pacific up to fourth; Philippine Airlines voted World’s Most Improved Airline.

20 Jun 2019 - 7:26AM

Flag carrier of Qatar bags four awards, as does Singapore Airlines, which slips to second place in world’s best rankings; Cathay Pacific up to fourth; Philippine Airlines voted World’s Most Improved Airline.

Singapore Airlines slips to second best, Cathay Pacific up to fourth in Skytrax World Airline Awards
Uber air taxi designs: six eVTOL vehicles that could take you on your first trip

Boeing, Embraer and Bell are among several companies that are building air transport vehicles that Uber could adopt for its air taxi service, which it plans to launch commercially in 2023.

19 Jun 2019 - 7:00PM

Boeing, Embraer and Bell are among several companies that are building air transport vehicles that Uber could adopt for its air taxi service, which it plans to launch commercially in 2023.

Uber air taxi designs: six eVTOL vehicles that could take you on your first trip
Sony LSPX-S2 glass 360-degree Bluetooth speaker review: stunning sound, but only with the right music

Stylish, expensive and built around unusual tech, the LSPX-S2 Glass Sound Speaker is an alluring product that can deliver incredible sound, but suffers from a lack of native 360-degree music.

9 Jun 2019 - 7:25PM

Stylish, expensive and built around unusual tech, the LSPX-S2 Glass Sound Speaker is an alluring product that can deliver incredible sound, but suffers from a lack of native 360-degree music.

Sony LSPX-S2 glass 360-degree Bluetooth speaker review: stunning sound, but only with the right music
What your choice of phone says about your holiday preferences, and how travel booking app responds

Your choice of phone says a lot about your travel preferences, a booking website says. Owners of high-end Huawei and Samsung phones are most likely to choose the priciest rooms; one travel app will soon skew search results based on handsets.

2 Jun 2019 - 6:33PM

Your choice of phone says a lot about your travel preferences, a booking website says. Owners of high-end Huawei and Samsung phones are most likely to choose the priciest rooms; one travel app will soon skew search results based on handsets.

What your choice of phone says about your holiday preferences, and how travel booking app responds
Ranked: world’s most dangerous countries to travel in and the deadliest ways to travel

China is the second most dangerous place to drive in, while India is the least safe country to travel in by road or rail. The US is the most dangerous place to fly in and American Airlines is the deadliest carrier, experts say.

29 May 2019 - 3:09AM

China is the second most dangerous place to drive in, while India is the least safe country to travel in by road or rail. The US is the most dangerous place to fly in and American Airlines is the deadliest carrier, experts say.

Ranked: world’s most dangerous countries to travel in and the deadliest ways to travel
The best cities for Instagram photos, selfies, sexy poses – New York, London, Jakarta score, Hong Kong surprises

It’s no surprise London and New York are Instagramers’ most loved cities, but the No. 1 city in Asia will be a surprise to some; so too will the top cities for ‘sexually suggestive’ photos on the social media site.

8 May 2019 - 7:46PM

It’s no surprise London and New York are Instagramers’ most loved cities, but the No. 1 city in Asia will be a surprise to some; so too will the top cities for ‘sexually suggestive’ photos on the social media site.

The best cities for Instagram photos, selfies, sexy poses – New York, London, Jakarta score, Hong Kong surprises
Cheap flights: Hong Kong to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand – year-round bargains according to the data

Skyscanner research based on two years of booking details has found which places in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand are the cheapest to fly to from Hong Kong, as well as which have seen the biggest price drops.

24 Apr 2019 - 5:36AM

Skyscanner research based on two years of booking details has found which places in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand are the cheapest to fly to from Hong Kong, as well as which have seen the biggest price drops.

Cheap flights: Hong Kong to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand – year-round bargains according to the data
Climbing Sri Lankan holy mountain Adam’s Peak – and four other temple trails in Asia

Seeing the sunrise from the top of Adam’s Peak requires a five-hour night climb up 5,000 steps – it’s not for the faint-hearted; the 2,243-metre peak is a pilgrimage site revered by Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians.

14 Apr 2019 - 7:06PM

Seeing the sunrise from the top of Adam’s Peak requires a five-hour night climb up 5,000 steps – it’s not for the faint-hearted; the 2,243-metre peak is a pilgrimage site revered by Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians.

Climbing Sri Lankan holy mountain Adam’s Peak – and four other temple trails in Asia
Singapore Airlines best in world in TripAdvisor rankings again; Cathay Pacific misses top 10

Cathay Pacific misses out on global top 10, and isn’t ranked among top Asian airlines, while Singapore Airlines is also rated world’s best economy-class carrier; Asian airlines dominate, but Emirates, Qatar Airways also in world’s top five.

3 Apr 2019 - 11:47AM

Cathay Pacific misses out on global top 10, and isn’t ranked among top Asian airlines, while Singapore Airlines is also rated world’s best economy-class carrier; Asian airlines dominate, but Emirates, Qatar Airways also in world’s top five.

Singapore Airlines best in world in TripAdvisor rankings again; Cathay Pacific misses top 10
Four action cameras, from Sony to Canon to Ricoh, to improve your photo experience

Whether it’s a super zoom, an ultra compact or a 360 degree camera, these gadgets will up your photo game. We look at the Insta360 Evo, the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS, the Ricoh Theta Z1 and the Sony RX0 II.

31 Mar 2019 - 6:21PM

Whether it’s a super zoom, an ultra compact or a 360 degree camera, these gadgets will up your photo game. We look at the Insta360 Evo, the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS, the Ricoh Theta Z1 and the Sony RX0 II.

Four action cameras, from Sony to Canon to Ricoh, to improve your photo experience
3D 360 degree cameras go head to head: Vuze XR vs QooCam

The Vuze XR comes out ahead of the QooCam in resolution, build, stability and ease of use. The QooCam allows users to refocus 3D images after shooting and has better imaging options.

31 Mar 2019 - 6:21PM

The Vuze XR comes out ahead of the QooCam in resolution, build, stability and ease of use. The QooCam allows users to refocus 3D images after shooting and has better imaging options.

3D 360 degree cameras go head to head: Vuze XR vs QooCam
Wellness at airports: Frankfurt services best, LAX worst; Hong Kong, Singapore in top five

Twenty-five international airports were ranked on the quality and availability of stress reduction facilities. Frankfurt ranked first, followed by Amsterdam and Dubai. Hong Kong came fifth behind Singapore. LAX was last.

29 Mar 2019 - 2:29AM

Twenty-five international airports were ranked on the quality and availability of stress reduction facilities. Frankfurt ranked first, followed by Amsterdam and Dubai. Hong Kong came fifth behind Singapore. LAX was last.

Wellness at airports: Frankfurt services best, LAX worst; Hong Kong, Singapore in top five
An island idyll in Cambodia – and five other less travelled islands in Asia to avoid the crowds

Koh Rong Samloem is remote enough for all but the adventurous traveller; and it’s not alone – learn about five other Asian island idylls, from forested Yakushima, Japan, to the coral reefs of India’s Havelock Island.

21 Mar 2019 - 6:16AM

Koh Rong Samloem is remote enough for all but the adventurous traveller; and it’s not alone – learn about five other Asian island idylls, from forested Yakushima, Japan, to the coral reefs of India’s Havelock Island.

An island idyll in Cambodia – and five other less travelled islands in Asia to avoid the crowds
How technology and AI are helping hotels give more personal service

An AI assistant developed by a Hong Kong-based firm gives hotel staff information on the guests around them, such as name, VIP status, native language – and even where they might be going.

15 Mar 2019 - 10:24AM

An AI assistant developed by a Hong Kong-based firm gives hotel staff information on the guests around them, such as name, VIP status, native language – and even where they might be going.

How technology and AI are helping hotels give more personal service
Best bleisure destinations in Asia: Tokyo top ahead of Singapore and Hong Kong, according to new report

Tokyo topped the list by the Economist Intelligence Unit while other cities might want to take note of a travel segment growing quickly, especially among younger millennial corporate travellers.

12 Mar 2019 - 7:51PM

Tokyo topped the list by the Economist Intelligence Unit while other cities might want to take note of a travel segment growing quickly, especially among younger millennial corporate travellers.

Best bleisure destinations in Asia: Tokyo top ahead of Singapore and Hong Kong, according to new report
Japan’s cherry blossom season: best dates to catch sakura festival – and why Hongkongers are flocking there

If you want to experience cherry blossoms in full bloom without spending a fortune, head to Japan’s Kyushu island, or go to South Korea instead.

5 Mar 2019 - 8:28PM

If you want to experience cherry blossoms in full bloom without spending a fortune, head to Japan’s Kyushu island, or go to South Korea instead.

Japan’s cherry blossom season: best dates to catch sakura festival – and why Hongkongers are flocking there
How drones, robots and even private production teams are making holiday selfies obsolete

Travel photos demand more creativity than self-portraits against beautiful backdrops, and drones, robots and even private production teams have become available; the best selfie advice for travellers is increasingly: do not take them.

12 Feb 2019 - 8:48PM

Travel photos demand more creativity than self-portraits against beautiful backdrops, and drones, robots and even private production teams have become available; the best selfie advice for travellers is increasingly: do not take them.

How drones, robots and even private production teams are making holiday selfies obsolete
The future is now: five electric-car road trips in North America and Europe for ethical tourists

From cruising California’s ‘electric highway’ to chasing the northern lights in Norway in a Tesla X, eco-conscious travellers can explore parts of Europe and North America by road emissions-free.

22 Jan 2019 - 9:08PM

From cruising California’s ‘electric highway’ to chasing the northern lights in Norway in a Tesla X, eco-conscious travellers can explore parts of Europe and North America by road emissions-free.

The future is now: five electric-car road trips in North America and Europe for ethical tourists
5G explainer: how new network is different and how it will change the mobile web experience

Fifth-generation mobile networking offers possibilities including 8K streaming, driverless cars and instant text translation. Phone makers including Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo showed 5G handsets at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

16 Jan 2019 - 9:41AM

Fifth-generation mobile networking offers possibilities including 8K streaming, driverless cars and instant text translation. Phone makers including Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo showed 5G handsets at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

5G explainer: how new network is different and how it will change the mobile web experience
Best travel tech from CES 2019, from auto-follow suitcases to a motorcycle helmet that gives you directions

This week’s CES consumer tech show in Las Vegas saw plenty of innovations that could help define the future of travel.

12 Jan 2019 - 9:04PM

This week’s CES consumer tech show in Las Vegas saw plenty of innovations that could help define the future of travel.

Best travel tech from CES 2019, from auto-follow suitcases to a motorcycle helmet that gives you directions
Amazon could be set to redefine personal robots in 2019, as rumours fly at CES

Talking machines and companion robots were everywhere at the CES 2019 tech convention in Las Vegas, but a rumoured Amazon Echo bot could soon give them all a run for their money.

13 Jan 2019 - 7:42PM

Talking machines and companion robots were everywhere at the CES 2019 tech convention in Las Vegas, but a rumoured Amazon Echo bot could soon give them all a run for their money.

Amazon could be set to redefine personal robots in 2019, as rumours fly at CES
7 of the best new gadgets from Shenzhen and Hong Kong at CES

From 11K cameras to underwater drones, these intriguing innovations at CES all come from China’s Silicon Valley and Hong Kong.

10 Jan 2019 - 8:04PM

From 11K cameras to underwater drones, these intriguing innovations at CES all come from China’s Silicon Valley and Hong Kong.

7 of the best new gadgets from Shenzhen and Hong Kong at CES
No luggage, no plastic, no selfies: how travel is set to change in 2019

Higher fuel prices, more solo female travellers and greater environmental consciousness will all affect travel trends this year. We look at five of the biggest changes forecast for 2019.

8 Jan 2019 - 6:45PM

Higher fuel prices, more solo female travellers and greater environmental consciousness will all affect travel trends this year. We look at five of the biggest changes forecast for 2019.

No luggage, no plastic, no selfies: how travel is set to change in 2019
Six unmissable celestial events of 2019, from ‘kissing’ planets to incredible solar and lunar eclipses

The sky is going to be a busy place in 2019, and here are six of the best events. Look out for a blood moon, shooting stars, and partial and total eclipses.

2 Jan 2019 - 7:27PM

The sky is going to be a busy place in 2019, and here are six of the best events. Look out for a blood moon, shooting stars, and partial and total eclipses.

Six unmissable celestial events of 2019, from ‘kissing’ planets to incredible solar and lunar eclipses
The best flight deals in 2019, and the best times to book trips from Hong Kong

Airline ticket prices vary considerably depending on when you book and where you’re going. Some places are good for last-minute bargains, others are not. Find out how to save on short-haul and long-haul trips from Hong Kong.

1 Jan 2019 - 8:26PM

Airline ticket prices vary considerably depending on when you book and where you’re going. Some places are good for last-minute bargains, others are not. Find out how to save on short-haul and long-haul trips from Hong Kong.

The best flight deals in 2019, and the best times to book trips from Hong Kong
AI, rollables and voice-controlled gadgets galore expected at CES 2019 as US-China trade war threat looms

CES is one of the world’s biggest global tech conventions, with more than 4,500 companies showing off products in an effort to get noticed.

30 Dec 2018 - 4:25PM

CES is one of the world’s biggest global tech conventions, with more than 4,500 companies showing off products in an effort to get noticed.

AI, rollables and voice-controlled gadgets galore expected at CES 2019 as US-China trade war threat looms