HK and Macau

Little Special Administrative Regions stuck, for now, as semi-China. HK, also, is the greatest city in the world.

Back in the SAR again!

In what was one of my most fun trips to Hong Kong to date, I managed to cram in more excitement that ever before. Three out of the eight days I was there saw me hiking on Hong Kong island, one saturday involved a full-day boat trip to beaches I’d never been to before, and … Continue reading »

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Budget: Hong Kong

Travel Budget: Hong Kong Hong Kong is a great city, consistently one of my favorites in the world.  However its a place where costs start to add up immediately, and I end up spending way more than I expected every time I go. So, here’s a realistic look at what I tend to pay to … Continue reading »

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Hong Kong FAIL

I love Hong Kong.  Really, I do, and I’m trying to move there for a year or two starting in September.   But sometimes I see things that make me question whether I should feel this way: Whatever happened to the days when people were people and dogs were food?   —— Planning to spend … Continue reading »

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HK Sky

While I was in town on monday to add passport pages at the US Embassy, the sky was just about the nicest I’d ever seen it in Hong Kong.  I got to the Embassy about an hour before I needed to so I took the tram up to Victoria Peak to see the skyline, with … Continue reading »

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Macau S.A.R.

If Hong Kong is the beautiful child of East and West, Macau is East’s forgotten child from an earlier marriage.  There are plenty of casinos, a horsetrack, and a greyhound racetrack.  There’s a bit of Portugese architecture in the old part of town, centered on Senate Square.  There’s even an old Portuguese fort sitting on … Continue reading »

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Camping in HK

When you really need to get out of the big city, Hong Kong has plenty of nature as well.  Four long-distance hiking trails cross the Hong Kong S.A.R., totaling over 180 miles.  Some of these cross marvelous beaches and scalable mountains, my favorite of which was the stretch of the Maclehose Trail to Big Wave … Continue reading »

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More HK

Beyond just Central and Kowloon, though, is the rest of Hong Kong.  Beautiful old Southern China temples.  Tons of green space to actually get into nature for a minute.  Smallish villages where people live and work and ignore downtown Hong Kong.  All of it connected with an extensive public transport system, dotted with universities, and … Continue reading »

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Hong Kong

Sure, you know Hong Kong.  You know all about Victoria Harbour and the Peak.  You know that Kowloon is where to go for shopping or a super-cheap (super-dirty) place to stay.  You may have even heard of Lan Kwai Fong and Wan Chai.  But there’s so much more.  Hong Kong is, for my money, the … Continue reading »

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