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Asia » Hong Kong August 23rd 2013

Dragon's Back Hike was named Time Out's Best Urban Hiking Trail in Asia. It is so-named because the rock formations on the path supposedly look like a dragon's spine, though this takes some imagination. It also isn't very urban - the views are mostly of the bays, islands and hills, with glimpses of urbanisation below from time to time. It is said to be very popular with Westerners since the Time Out article, but I only saw a couple of people on the whole walk and it was very peaceful and non-strenuous. Everything about the walk is lovely: it starts from an unheralded bus stop on a quiet bus route over the hills, then climbs for a time through greenery and the occasional stream, then you emerge to incredible views over the islands and the bay ... read more
View from the Dragon's Back trail
The rock formations of the "Dragon's back"
View from the Dragon's Back trail

Asia » Hong Kong August 20th 2013

One of the popular topics of conversation in Hong Kong is Disneyland or Ocean Park: which is better? Opinions differ but the consensus is that having two major theme parks in competition has driven up standards at both. Hong Kong is the perfect city to test theme parks, being a bit of an adult playground all round. Ocean Park is long-established, favoured by traditionalists, and is in two parts: the entrance area, where there are the kiddy rides, an aquarium (would be interesting, but was so overcrowded it was hard to see anything) and a panda enclosure (gifts from China, which I didn't go and see due to the two-hour queue). The larger area of the park is accessed by cable car up the mountain, which is fun in itself, then there are several impressive rollercoasters ... read more
Disney parade
Disney parade
Disney carousel

Asia » Hong Kong August 19th 2013

Victoria Peak is the central hill overlooking Hong Kong. It has a British-built funicular that looks straight out of a British seaside resort, and for which there was a two-hour queue (it was the weekend), so I walked up to the top. Even on a cloudy (polluted) day the views of the skyscrapers were good on the walk up and The Peak is probably the best way to get a sense of the layout of Hong Kong, spread across the islands. From the top funicular station there are various walks around The Peak, including a "Fitness Trail" featuring steps up and down and periodic stops where there were exercise machines and boards explaining the number of repetitions that should be done on each (and warning people not to overdo it). At the very top of The ... read more
View from The Peak
Park at the top of The Peak
Park at the top of The Peak

Asia » Hong Kong August 17th 2013

It is a strange experience for an English person to arrive in Hong Kong after being out of England for so long. The climate is different, the landscape is different, but odd little details are the same: the buses are made by the same company that makes London buses, so the interiors are identical to London buses (I noticed the "stop" buttons especially!) The road signs, although in Chinese and English, are the same design and font as English road signs. I probably wouldn't even have noticed these details if I had come straight to Hong Kong from the UK, but as I haven't seen these things in five months, they stood out. Hong Kong has a big problem (and a deep obsession) with air pollution, and every day at intervals an API (Air Pollution Index) ... read more
SARS memorial to Ms Tang Heung-may
The API

Asia » Hong Kong » Sai Kung August 16th 2013

OMG..... That place was unbelievable! I was up and out ASAP! I met with Selina, Ross's sister, at 11am outside The Peninsula Hotel. I found it really easy; it was literally 7 minutes away. We took a taxi to the bus station, then a local bus to Sai Kung. When we arrived at the house, it was such a welcome relief. SPACE, air on, western toilet, a washing machine, good food, real tea and coffee......and a big bath! Selina ran me a bubble bath, and took my washing, I felt like I had died and gone to heaven! I met with Derek, Ross's dad, Singh, Selina's husband, and the children. The kids were really quiet at first, but they soon warmed up! Some more family members came round with their kids for a family gathering. I ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon August 14th 2013

We had a couple of hours drive to Yong Ding to catch the night train to Guangzhou. That trip took about 9 hours. We all more or less went straight to sleep as it was 10pm when we got on. I slept pretty well. It's amazing how you get used to the overnight trains! But that was our last one because we have now left China. We arrived at Guangzhou bus station at about 8am, then took a public bus to Zhuhai. We have just been informed that all boats to Macau have been cancelled because a tropical storm is hitting Southern China and Hong Kong right now. We had a couple of alternative options; the group chose to continue for another 8 hours to travel overland to Hong Kong. So we are now in for ... read more
Charlie's feet!
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Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon July 30th 2013

After a 9 hour flight with Quantus we landed in Hong Kong. The change in temperature was phenomenal! We left Melbourne at 14c and entered Hong Kong who were experiencing an enormous heatwave at 34c at 5pm. We jumped onto the city flyer bus which was pretty posh compared to our local buses and made our way to our hostel. We got off the bus on a busy street called Nathan Road where it was shops upon shops and from there it was just a short 2 minute walk to our hostel, Hop Inn. We entered the lobby of our building and were both pretty worried as it was basically a construction site. We took the lift to our floor and nervously waited for the doors to open. The doors opened and the cool aircon hit ... read more
Star Ferry
Victoria Peak
Michael Jackson Tribute

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai July 30th 2013

Now what? Now where? In my world of finite resources and the fear of running out of them. Do I stretch them a bit further or embark on some future plans? that will make the Gobi seem like the proverbial cake walk. After all that’s what this has been about, transition and hopefully a little strength building for an uncertain future. Perhaps a little trip from Ulaan to Lake Baikal, just over the Mongolian border then on to find Solzhenitsyn’s Gulags, as I have been enjoying a certain discipline of the travel, taking photos and writing about it. Friday we came into Ulaan from the Festival, saw the Kiwi contingent off about 10pm that night and Hamish Sunday morning for China, so Monday morning I am looking for visa help from travel agent, only to find ... read more
Kids enjoying day out with the transport
Mares Milk Cafes
Ulaanbaatar

Asia » Hong Kong July 22nd 2013

Day 2 - Victoria Peak A good nights sleep in a room for 9. That's a first! Got up ok and checked out of Yes Inn. We are going for a hike up/ to Victoria Peak. I did say it won't be about the food this time, but I had coconut bread, and raisin bread for breakfast! I was starving as I didn't get to eat last night! I would have eaten anything! We caught a tram the the bottom of Victoria Peak. I started we'll on the hike, but dipped out and got the tram! I decided I needed to see China before committing Hari Kari! It was just about a vertical climb. Myself and Louisa decided to take the easier option. All I can say is it was a good choice! The scenery from ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong July 21st 2013

Day 1 - Flights and arrival Up at 7.30, Claire picking me up at eight ish. Thanks Claire for getting me to Manchester in good time. I got out of Clair's car and was shocked by how heavy my backpack felt! I had been so careful to take less than las year. I really don't know what went wrong. I was teetering back and forth, as if I were going to keel over onto my back like a distressed tortoise! Manchester to Dubai flight, I watched about four films back to back, then because we arrived in Dubai an hour late, I had only a two hour transfer which went by pretty quick. I seemed to get off the first plane, then a short wait and straight onto the next one! Dubai to Bangkok, I slept ... read more
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