Simon Parry
Simon Parry
Simon Parry has been a newspaper journalist for more than 30 years and writes stories and features from Asia for newspapers and magazines around the world. He is based in Hong Kong and has reported from more than 25 countries and territories including North Korea, Pakistan, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Australia, and Papua New Guinea.

It was billed as a billion-euro investment under China’s Belt and Road Initiative, but a plan to turn a shabby village in Bulgaria into Europe’s first ‘smart city’ has come to nothing. So what went wrong?

Supposedly built by an advanced prehistoric civilisation, the Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids has seen visitor numbers rocket since tennis star Novak Djokovic endorsed its healing powers.

A 2011 investigation by Post Magazine exposing brutal treatment at Macau’s Canidrome greyhound racing track sparked a global campaign to end the sport. This is the story of the movement’s poster boy.

People increasingly look to social media as their primary source of information, but the Ukraine war shows why traditional journalism is still essential – and why influencers alone just won’t do.


Cases of online sexual abuse of children in the Philippines – often committed by their parents or other family members and paid for by Westerners – have risen significantly during Covid-19.

‘Shelley’, rescued after being smuggled into Hong Kong in a suitcase with 56 other tortoises, highlights the role the city plays in the illegal wildlife trade driven by China.

Matera, one of the most striking locations featured in the new 007 film No Time to Die, has transformed since its shockingly backward days in the mid-20th century.


A master’s degree course on the legacy of The Beatles is about to begin at University of Liverpool – and the professor leading it hopes it will show the huge cultural impact of the Fab Four.

The Montreux Jazz Festival China will be staged in Hangzhou this year – the main event in Switzerland having been hit by Covid-19 restrictions – with a mission to build more ‘cultural bridges’ between East and West.

Abandoned as babies in Hong Kong by Chinese mothers fleeing the Great Famine, and later adopted by parents in the West, a generation of women are returning to the city to look for their birth families.

After a real property agent advertised a village house for a monthly rent of HK$44,000 with a ‘helper’s shed’ in the garden, internet users were quick to kick off.

Since Donald Trump took office, it has been almost impossible to question any sinister aspect of life without being met by a counteraccusation as a deflection.


Thailand’s beaches are empty and luxury hotels are offering bargain stays. The few visitors are greeted with unusual warmth. It may be like the country was 40 years ago, but for many of the Thais the tourist trade employs, the situation looks dire.

In South Africa, lions are being slaughtered – often by tourists in ‘canned hunts’ – then butchered and exported to Asia as ‘tiger bone’ for use in traditional medicine. Can British politician and philanthropist Michael Ashcroft stop this cruel trade?


The author drove from the UK to the family holiday home on the island of Corfu, and encountered empty streets and a warm welcome in Florence and Pompeii along the way.

Post-Brexit bigotry was already escalating when the coronavirus pandemic unleashed a new wave of Sinophobia. Rather than retreat, the UK’s Asian community is lobbying the media, public figures and politicians to promote solidarity.

Up to 2.2 million died, but a UN-backed tribunal has dropped charges against many of those responsible. Now some are turning their backs on Buddhism and looking to Jesus for redemption.

Exorbitant rents may be forcing Louis Vuitton to close its store in Times Square, but in the cradle of capitalism, new clients are already lining up to fill the void left behind.

However, the unrest has given at least some of the city’s young ‘smartphone zombies’ a purpose, with phones transformed from thought-sapping siphons to tools that inform, educate, agitate and organise

Spare a thought for the Pilates enthusiast denied her weekly exercise by a million or so inconsiderate people taking to the streets to fight for their city

Banned worldwide in 1925, tear gas underwent an image overhaul before being embraced as an alternative to bullets. Post Magazine investigates the origins of the canisters littering Hong Kong streets and how their deployment has violated all guidelines for the ‘non-lethal weapon’.

As chairwoman of the Hong Kong airline’s Flight Attendants Union, Becky Kwan fought tooth and nail for employee rights and against managerial injustices, earning herself a reputation as a fearless thorn in the side of executives.