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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island January 12th 2014

I met Elaine and her family for lunch today. They were eating Dim sum (Hong Kong's equivalent to Spanish tapas.) She met me at Wong Tai Sin station (it's near her house) and she took me to where her family were eating in a big hall with lots of round tables which could fit 7 people around them. Elaine was with her mum, two of her mum's friends and her dad, then her sister joined us later. They are a lovely family and although none of them apart from Elaine could speak English, her mum made me laugh a lot. Elaine interpreted between us as her mum was asking me lots of questions, like which year was · born and which is my Chinese animal, Apparently it is a tiger but I would really love to ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon January 11th 2014

I walked all day today. I walked down to Victoria harbour from Tai Chi underground stop, I ate some local food (rice, two sausages and two slices of meat) and drank a lemon tea which actually was bitter. I went to the Art Museum which contained photos of HK, pottery, porcelain, ceramics and a few landscape paintings. I wasn't overly impressed but I did a pottery quiz to test different aspects of my personality and this took up most of my time. Afterwards, I walked around the whole of Kowloon park. It contained a mosque where lots of people were praying outside, it had lots of different mazes and gardens inside, it had playgrounds, lakes , fountains and lots of flamingos. Flamingos are the most beautiful ad elegant animals I've ever seen. From their colours to ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon January 10th 2014

This morning I walked along to Hong Kong park and the museum of teaware. I've been dying for a good cup of tea ever since I planned on going here one month ago... I walked along Causeway Bay and down the tram route on Hennessy Road. I didn't bother with the metro today as I wanted to get a real flavour of this city. Every time I come to a pedestrian crossing the crossing makes the relentless sound of somebody banging steel over and over with a hammer and only gives people enough time to dash across the road. Some days in the city the smog is so thick that you can't see far in front of you. I imagine this is what England was like in the Industrial Revolution. It is a requirement here that ... read more
different types of tea and their health properties
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Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon January 10th 2014

EVENING I felt quite unwell after leaving the tea museum. I saw some caged orang-utans, and walked into the centre where I was overwhelmed by the amount of people on the streets. I hid in Mcdonalds for a while, went back to my hostel and had a nap. Mcdonalds has rescued me for the fourth time this trip, usually providing me with a big Mac or Filet of fish and fries. There I can eat safe in the knowledge that there is some hygiene standard and it gets me away from the noisy streets where I am constantly pushed around by busy people looking at their ipads, and not paying attention to anybody else. In fact in the evening I had a wonderful experience. I walked around to Causeway bay and along it past the ferry ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon January 9th 2014

Today I went to the National Museum of History of Hong Kong. It was so fascinating I spent four hours there with a break in between to eat in a Vietnamese restaurant (which took me ages with chopsticks.) The museum has seven sections. The three most interesting for me were The Folk Culture in Hong Kong, the Opium Wars and the Cession of Hong Kong; and Hong Kong under the Japanese Occupation and of course, it’s return to China from the British The Folk Culture In Hong Kong Most of the traditions stemmed from the fishing days, agriculture, and involved worshipping the Gods or killing off evil spirits. The most impressive Folk Tradition was that of The Seven Sisters Festival. On this day spinsters offer sacrifices to the Seven Sisters and pray for a good husband ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island January 8th 2014

I arrived at Chiang Mai airport at 4am and it was all closed up. The lady who owned the hostel drove me there out of kindness as there was no tuk tuk. My flight with Air Asia left at 6am. Air Asia turned out to be the Asian equivalent of Ryanair but luckily I slept for the whole two hours so no problem! My seat was comfortable. I got a very modern train from the airport into town which gave me a chance to get some amazing views of Hong Kong and Kowloon. I got a bus which drove me at top speed through the traffic which is pretty aggressive here and beep their car horns all the time. After spending a day here the only positive thing I have to say about this city is ... read more
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street in Causeway Bay
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Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon January 5th 2014

I love going to the jade market. You can find jewelry of all kinds made with onyx, pearl, quartz, jade and maaaaaaaany more choices. Unlike the jewelry, the market is located in this giant shack so it's not very attractive but that's probably a good thing - so they won't attract too many attention. Bargaining is expected and necessary at the jade market. I've been away for so long that I'm not familiar with the value of a jade, pearl or whatever stones are out there but it's so much fun to learn about it. My mom goes to this one particular stall to buy their jewelry and the sellers are very helpful. People might say that the sellers are not to be trusted because they give ridiculous asking prices but the key is to build ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island January 1st 2014

Ahoj! Many, many apologies for being M.I.A. There has been whirlwind of events the past few days so let's start with new years eve. New Years Eve in HK is a blast and a half! Winnie and I walked all over Central. We started off at Mana!, an extremely healthy restaurant that consists of flatbreads, salads and shakes. I'm pretty sure it's a vegetarian place but man, it was delicious. It's got a Boulder-esque feel with its decoration and the water fountain comes from a "water wall"... and they call it sky juice. That part of it, is okay, not my cup of tea but the food makes it all fantastic. And it's all made in-house and it's super fresh! Now that's rare in HK. Then we made our way to a Belgian waffle shop called ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong January 1st 2014

Hong Kong is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. Situated on China's south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Seat is known for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. From the Magnificent harbour line to the clear, sandy beaches, from the tall, mighty buildings to the picturesque landscapes of Victoria peak, from the enlivening world of Disneyland to the never ending street markets, Hong Kong is truly a Traveller’s paradise, fulfilling everyone’s holiday fantasies .Hong Kong provides a wide array of choices for its tourists in terms of places to visit. Rightfully known as "Golden Egg", "The World's most vertical City", "The orient Manhattan", "The paradise of shopping", "Food paradise" and "City of life", Hong Kong is just a perfect holiday destination to experience all the ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island December 30th 2013

I decided to head to Tsim Sha Tsui over the weekend. It's a popular area where I used to hang out as a high school kid. It's also a great place to shop, eat and look at the Hong Kong skyline. When I was in high school, I would walk along the harbour, watch summer outdoor concerts, go to plays, shop shop shop, eat eat eat and take the ferry. Sadly, I didn't get a chance to peruse the harbour mostly because the night view is way better to photograph than the day and I had to leave before nightfall... so perhaps another entry! There's a lot of things that have stayed the same in TST but so many more things have been added on top of it. There are so many more shopping centres than ... read more
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