Mary Hui

Mary Hui is a Hong Kong-based writer. Her work has appeared in the South China Morning Post, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CityLab.
Mary Hui
Mary Hui is a Hong Kong-based writer. Her work has appeared in the South China Morning Post, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CityLab.

Latest from Mary Hui

Trail Mix | How to run in Hong Kong’s hot summers – ice, topless running and more ice

Having ice is one thing, knowing how to use it is another, but luckily runners have invented clever ways to keep it pressed against your sweaty body.

22 May 2019 - 10:54AM

Having ice is one thing, knowing how to use it is another, but luckily runners have invented clever ways to keep it pressed against your sweaty body.

How to run in Hong Kong’s hot summers – ice, topless running and more ice
The Adventure Trail: Simon McCartney discusses ‘The Bond’ and his return to mountain climbing

Once a rockstar of mountain climbing in the 1970s, Simon McCartney discusses the emotional journey that lead him to write the cult classic book ‘The Bond’, and his decision to return to Alaska for a climbing expedition

17 May 2019 - 3:39PM

Once a rockstar of mountain climbing in the 1970s, Simon McCartney discusses the emotional journey that lead him to write the cult classic book ‘The Bond’, and his decision to return to Alaska for a climbing expedition

The Adventure Trail: Simon McCartney discusses ‘The Bond’ and his return to mountain climbing
Trail Mix | Is Hong Kong the best city in the world for run commuting, with sunsets and accessible trails?

Just back from the dense urban area, trails snake along the hills allowing workers to get their daily exercise on their way back and forth to the office.

15 May 2019 - 2:27PM

Just back from the dense urban area, trails snake along the hills allowing workers to get their daily exercise on their way back and forth to the office.

Is Hong Kong the best city in the world for run commuting, with sunsets and accessible trails?
The runner’s high and the artist’s flow find common ground in Jean de Dieu as she paints 100 smiles and runs 100 miles

Elsa Jean de Dieu does not need to think about what colours to use, or what brush strokes to cast when she is in the zone, much like when she is running

13 May 2019 - 3:05PM

Elsa Jean de Dieu does not need to think about what colours to use, or what brush strokes to cast when she is in the zone, much like when she is running

The runner’s high and the artist’s flow find common ground in Jean de Dieu as she paints 100 smiles and runs 100 miles
Trail Mix | What does it mean to be a ‘local’ runner and what connotation does the term carry – is it politically correct?

Hongkongers, expats, permanent residents, locals, local-locals and non-locals – are we left to fill in the gaps with our own preconceptions?

8 May 2019 - 1:33PM

Hongkongers, expats, permanent residents, locals, local-locals and non-locals – are we left to fill in the gaps with our own preconceptions?

What does it mean to be a ‘local’ runner and what connotation does the term carry – is it politically correct?
The Adventure Trail: Art and athleticism with trail-running muralist Elsa Jean De Dieu

A French mural artist who discovered a passion and spiritual connection on Hong Kong trails talks about her comeback from injury, and her love of trail running.

3 May 2019 - 1:39PM

A French mural artist who discovered a passion and spiritual connection on Hong Kong trails talks about her comeback from injury, and her love of trail running.

The Adventure Trail: Art and athleticism with trail-running muralist Elsa Jean De Dieu
Trail Mix | Highliners in Hong Kong find balance as they conquer fears on ‘Kate’ at Ap Lei Chau

Ricardo Iriarte believes Hong Kong could be paradise for a young sport called highlining, with buildings and cliffs as its playground

1 May 2019 - 1:02PM

Ricardo Iriarte believes Hong Kong could be paradise for a young sport called highlining, with buildings and cliffs as its playground

Highliners in Hong Kong find balance as they conquer fears on ‘Kate’ at Ap Lei Chau
Trail Mix | Big Boar’s Backyard Ultra: Will Hayward last man standing on Bowen Road after 25 hours with no finish line

Will Hayward outlasts 14 other competitors over Easter weekend, with runners having to complete a 6.7km loop, starting every hour, until only one person was still going.

24 Apr 2019 - 10:39AM

Will Hayward outlasts 14 other competitors over Easter weekend, with runners having to complete a 6.7km loop, starting every hour, until only one person was still going.

Big Boar’s Backyard Ultra: Will Hayward last man standing on Bowen Road after 25 hours with no finish line
Trail Mix | Big Boar’s Backyard Ultra brings the race with no end to Hong Kong and a golden ticket for the winner to take on the US original

Runners complete a 6.7km loop every hour for as long as they can keep moving and the last person standing wins

18 Apr 2019 - 10:18AM

Runners complete a 6.7km loop every hour for as long as they can keep moving and the last person standing wins

Big Boar’s Backyard Ultra brings the race with no end to Hong Kong and a golden ticket for the winner to take on the US original
Trail Mix | Hong Kong’s trails are disappearing, but whose responsibility is it to name and maintain them?

If trails are ‘unnamed’ then they can disappear into oblivion as no one is designated to ensure they are maintained

10 Apr 2019 - 3:27PM

If trails are ‘unnamed’ then they can disappear into oblivion as no one is designated to ensure they are maintained

Hong Kong’s trails are disappearing, but whose responsibility is it to name and maintain them?
Adventure Trail: Fredelyn Alberto talks freedom, trail running and Filipino helpers

From her very first running event to becoming one of Hong Kong’s top trail runners, hear what inspires this remarkable woman to run further and faster.

4 Apr 2019 - 6:07PM

From her very first running event to becoming one of Hong Kong’s top trail runners, hear what inspires this remarkable woman to run further and faster.

Adventure Trail: Fredelyn Alberto talks freedom, trail running and Filipino helpers
Trail Mix | Barkley Marathons: no finishers again in race ‘that eats its young’, but lessons in prioritising fun from former winner John Kelly

No one reaches the end of the famous 100-miler in Tennessee, which was based on the escape route of Martin Luther King’s assassin

3 Apr 2019 - 4:53PM

No one reaches the end of the famous 100-miler in Tennessee, which was based on the escape route of Martin Luther King’s assassin

Barkley Marathons: no finishers again in race ‘that eats its young’, but lessons in prioritising fun from former winner John Kelly
Trail Mix | ‘Those mountains call out to me’: Filipino trail runner aims for 75km and 44km back-to-back races
  • Domestic helper grabs every opportunity to run and will compete in The Green Race @ Tai Po this weekend
28 Mar 2019 - 11:37AM
  • Domestic helper grabs every opportunity to run and will compete in The Green Race @ Tai Po this weekend
‘Those mountains call out to me’: Filipino trail runner aims for 75km and 44km back-to-back races
The Adventure Trail podcast: Lloyd Belcher, Asia’s top trail-running photographer, talks drawing on sociology for images
  • Lloyd Belcher’s pictures have become a mainstay of the best trail races in Asia
21 Mar 2019 - 12:47PM
  • Lloyd Belcher’s pictures have become a mainstay of the best trail races in Asia
The Adventure Trail podcast: Lloyd Belcher, Asia’s top trail-running photographer, talks drawing on sociology for images
The Adventure Trail: Photographer Lloyd Belcher and the art of capturing trail runners in action

One of the Hong Kong trail running scene’s most prominent photographers talks about his art and the challenges of keeping up with athletes while laden with camera gear.

12 Apr 2019 - 5:06PM

One of the Hong Kong trail running scene’s most prominent photographers talks about his art and the challenges of keeping up with athletes while laden with camera gear.

The Adventure Trail: Photographer Lloyd Belcher and the art of capturing trail runners in action
Trail Mix | Avoiding running injuries by putting consistency over ‘epic-ness’ in training

It may be tempting to push yourself to your limits, but you should listen to your body and pull back in training even when you’re desperate to fly

21 Mar 2019 - 2:00PM

It may be tempting to push yourself to your limits, but you should listen to your body and pull back in training even when you’re desperate to fly

Avoiding running injuries by putting consistency over ‘epic-ness’ in training
Trail Mix | Hong Kong domestic helper hits home trails of the Philippines for first time and finishes fifth
  • Fredelyn Alberto makes competitive debut on hills she saw as a child while Hong Kong runners thrive at Cordillera Mountain Ultra
13 Mar 2019 - 2:00PM
  • Fredelyn Alberto makes competitive debut on hills she saw as a child while Hong Kong runners thrive at Cordillera Mountain Ultra
Hong Kong domestic helper hits home trails of the Philippines for first time and finishes fifth
Opinion | Study predicts ‘breaking two’ marathon for 2032, but more women runners needed to push female record

Using economic models, scientific study by flagship US journal maps out the future of marathon times, but laments barriers to gender diversity in running.

6 Mar 2019 - 2:26PM

Using economic models, scientific study by flagship US journal maps out the future of marathon times, but laments barriers to gender diversity in running.

Study predicts ‘breaking two’ marathon for 2032, but more women runners needed to push female record
The Adventure Trail: Nikki Han on her history-making, record-breaking ultra marathon win

Nikki Han talks about her preparation and dedication to becoming the first woman to finish the Hong Kong Four Trail Challenge, how her career as a trail runner has developed and how life has changed since her history-making effort.

12 Apr 2019 - 4:49PM

Nikki Han talks about her preparation and dedication to becoming the first woman to finish the Hong Kong Four Trail Challenge, how her career as a trail runner has developed and how life has changed since her history-making effort.

The Adventure Trail: Nikki Han on her history-making, record-breaking ultra marathon win
Opinion | Strava and Google Maps may be detailed, but there is a case for old fashioned paper for the modern runner

Digital maps may offer a range of functions paper never can, but are we losing something by relying on smartphones and watches?

27 Feb 2019 - 4:48PM

Digital maps may offer a range of functions paper never can, but are we losing something by relying on smartphones and watches?

Strava and Google Maps may be detailed, but there is a case for old fashioned paper for the modern runner
Opinion | What does running mean to you in six words? Magdalena Boulet and other top runners share their short stories

Running can mean many things to many people – here, some of the world’s top trail athletes shared their personal relationships with the sport in just six words

27 Feb 2019 - 4:57PM

Running can mean many things to many people – here, some of the world’s top trail athletes shared their personal relationships with the sport in just six words

What does running mean to you in six words? Magdalena Boulet and other top runners share their short stories
The Adventure Trail podcast, episode 14: Jim Walmsley talks motivation after Western States; sets sights on Olympics marathon

Western States 100 record holder talks about how he sets goals to stay motivated, but would drop it all for a shot at the Olympics

13 Feb 2019 - 5:42PM

Western States 100 record holder talks about how he sets goals to stay motivated, but would drop it all for a shot at the Olympics

The Adventure Trail podcast, episode 14: Jim Walmsley talks motivation after Western States; sets sights on Olympics marathon
Opinion | Hong Kong Marathon: trail queen Leung Ying-suet gets ready to hit the road again

Leung Ying-suet will run the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon only weeks after finishing eighth at the HK100 ultra

13 Feb 2019 - 3:37PM

Leung Ying-suet will run the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon only weeks after finishing eighth at the HK100 ultra

Hong Kong Marathon: trail queen Leung Ying-suet gets ready to hit the road again
The Adventure Trail: Western States champion ultra marathon runner Jim Walmsley makes Hong Kong debut

Cool yet controversial ultrarunning star Jim Walmsley makes his first visit to Hong Kong, and discusses his victories, greatest failures and how he sets goals.

13 Feb 2019 - 10:47AM

Cool yet controversial ultrarunning star Jim Walmsley makes his first visit to Hong Kong, and discusses his victories, greatest failures and how he sets goals.

The Adventure Trail: Western States champion ultra marathon runner Jim Walmsley makes Hong Kong debut
Trail Mix | Nine Dragons Ultra: how John Ellis runs through mountains of pain to podium and maintains incredible finishing record

John Ellis has never failed to finish a race, but the 50/50 event was a close call as he ran on his heel for over 100km to finish third

21 Mar 2019 - 1:47PM

John Ellis has never failed to finish a race, but the 50/50 event was a close call as he ran on his heel for over 100km to finish third

Nine Dragons Ultra: how John Ellis runs through mountains of pain to podium and maintains incredible finishing record
The Adventure Trail podcast, episode 13: Magdalena Boulet on staying motivated from the Olympics to ultra running

Magdalena Boulet has had a long and varied career but she keeps finding a way to push for the next goal

1 Feb 2019 - 4:20PM

Magdalena Boulet has had a long and varied career but she keeps finding a way to push for the next goal

The Adventure Trail podcast, episode 13: Magdalena Boulet on staying motivated from the Olympics to ultra running
The Adventure Trail: Olympian, road runner and trail runner Magdalena Boulet

From Olympics to road marathons to trail running: Magdalena Boulet speaks about her career and her visit to Hong Kong to run the 9 Dragons Ultra trail run

18 Feb 2019 - 5:00PM

From Olympics to road marathons to trail running: Magdalena Boulet speaks about her career and her visit to Hong Kong to run the 9 Dragons Ultra trail run

The Adventure Trail: Olympian, road runner and trail runner Magdalena Boulet
Opinion | Why do we call workouts ‘workouts’ when they’re fun and work is not?

Running does not feel much like work – in fact, it’s a break from work for many, except we insist on calling physical training sessions workouts

31 Jan 2019 - 1:12PM

Running does not feel much like work – in fact, it’s a break from work for many, except we insist on calling physical training sessions workouts

Why do we call workouts ‘workouts’ when they’re fun and work is not?
The Adventure Trail podcast: Marie McNaughton discusses her TDS leg break and Western States 100 invite

Legendary Hong Kong runner is on the long road back from injury but receives a boost with an invite to the prestigious Western States

22 Jan 2019 - 1:56PM

Legendary Hong Kong runner is on the long road back from injury but receives a boost with an invite to the prestigious Western States

The Adventure Trail podcast: Marie McNaughton discusses her TDS leg break and Western States 100 invite
Opinion | HK100: Scott Hawker’s adorable toddler sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to him showing the magic of ultra finish lines

New Zealander runs Hong Kong 100 on his birthday and is met by his singing daughter illustrating how special finish lines can be

21 Jan 2019 - 3:02PM

New Zealander runs Hong Kong 100 on his birthday and is met by his singing daughter illustrating how special finish lines can be

HK100: Scott Hawker’s adorable toddler sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to him showing the magic of ultra finish lines