Crashing porcelain figures by martin klimas

February 22, 2012By Swire Hotels SocialCULTURE No Comments

This photography series of porcelain figures are shot at breaking point just at the objects hit the ground. The brilliant photographer set up the shot such that the wired camera tripped the shutter’s release when the porcelain figures hit the ground. All the figures were dropped from 9.8 feet and I would imagine at different … Read More

Bookworm Literary Festival 2012

February 20, 2012By Swire Hotels SocialCULTURE, EAT No Comments

This year’s Bookworm International Literary Festival 2012 will take place March 9-30, featuring three weeks of book talks, panel discussions, workshops and live performances featuring guests from across China and around the world. The Opposite House, Beijing will be hosting “Midnight in Peking” by Paul French as the author himself takes us through his true … Read More

Leica x Swire Hotels photography exhibition Hong Kong 24 Feb – 19 Mar / Beijing 7-30 April

February 17, 2012By Swire Hotels SocialCULTURE, EAT 2 Comments

Following the initiatives of working with local creative talent, Swire Hotels’ House Collection: The Opposite House, Beijing and The Upper House Hong Kong have collaborated with Leica camera, commissioning four local photographers, two from the respective cities to photograph the properties with the themes of “Beijing opposites” and “Hong Kong views from the top”, using … Read More

5 Love Stories Told in an Unconventional Way

February 14, 2012By Swire Hotels SocialCULTURE, EAT No Comments

Revisiting some books, old and new and some ideas for summer beach reading. 1.Schematics: a Love Story, Julian Hibbard Geometry and graphs to explain love “this book probes at how elemental and enormous love can feel” 2. Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, … Read More

After Hour Classics @ ArtisTree

February 10, 2012By Swire Hotels SocialCULTURE, EAT No Comments

For those residing in Hong Kong, join us for “After Hour Classics” @ The ArtisTree by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra 15-17 February 2012. And perhaps we could suggest a post-orchestra drinks @ Sugar, a stone’s throw from Island East. Admission is free. For more details, contact +852 2284 4877 or visit

The Festival 2012: Races in Cheltenham

February 7, 2012By Swire Hotels SocialCULTURE No Comments

The Festival at Cheltenham is the shining jewel in Jump racing’s crown. It is four days of magic, magnificence and madness, played out on a stage framed by the breathtaking vista of the Cotswold Hills. It features a cast of the best horses, jockeys and trainers playing to an audience of 220,000 people, all of … Read More

Modern Architecture Trivia

February 3, 2012By Swire Hotels SocialCULTURE No Comments

How well do you know contemporary architecture and famous monuments around the world? There’s now a trivia board game designed by Amsterdam-based NEXTarchitects for those architecture buffs who know architects’ portfolios at the back of their hand. “To feel more like an architect yourself, creators NEXT Architects (NL) paid special attention to the design: The … Read More