Boy, did we feel puny listening to Wong How Man the other night. A pal of Charles Hotel owner Dick Friedman and restaurateur Patrick Lyons, the remarkable Wong is a noted explorer and photojournalist, and also the founder and president of the China Exploration & Research Society. It wasn’t clear why Wong was in town, but we’re sure glad Friedman invited him to talk about some of his experiences and expeditions, including his discovery of the source for the Yangtze River, his work restoring Tibetan monasteries, and reintroducing Burmese cats to their homeland. Among those gathered at Lydia Shire’s Towne Stove and Spirits to listen were Summer Shack chef Jasper White, HFF’s John Fowler, geneticist Wendy Chao of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Global Post editor Charlie Sennott, and Charles Hotel GM Alex Attia.
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