Burton Holmes (right) with cameraman André de la Varre, on ocean liner SS Île de France.
Adam Nebbs
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Travellers' Checks by Adam Nebbs

1930s Hong Kong, seen through the eyes of Burton Holmes, inventor of the word ‘travelogue’

On his seventh visit to the colony, the American filmmaker told the local press that the short films he shot in Hong Kong were among the most popular sections of his travelogues

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Burton Holmes (right) with cameraman André de la Varre, on ocean liner SS Île de France.
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Adam Nebbs

Adam Nebbs

Adam has lived in Hong Kong since 1988. He briefly managed the demise of the Wanderlust travel bookshop on Hollywood road in the mid 1990s, then worked as Associate Editor on Cathay Pacific’s inflight magazine Discovery for several years. He began writing Travellers’ Checks for Post Magazine in 1998, working for several years under the pseudonym Peter Walbrook. A former contributing editor for the exclusive luxury travel guide NB Review, he has also edited several books, including the first-ever travel guide to Uzbekistan in 1996, and 'The Amazing Adventures of Betsy And Niki' (2008) by Captain Charles “Chic” Eather. His non-fiction book 'The Great Fire of Hong Kong', was published in 2010.