Hong Kong – Chun Yeung’s magical Street Market
May10

Hong Kong – Chun Yeung’s magical Street Market

Markets are always colourful places but we’ve become a little jaded by the repetitious nature of many – especially the more Western ‘Farmer’s Markets’ where quality often comes at a high price. Not so, with Chun Yeung Street Market in Hong Kong’s North Point – a short tram ride away from Causeway Bay. We’ve hopped on the North point tram and clattered our way for about twenty minutes from Causeway Bay to the North Point Road tram...

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Macao Part 2 – meandering towards Mammon
May03

Macao Part 2 – meandering towards Mammon

Few of the hardened gamblers that ever step ashore in Macao will ever venture into the historic quarter at the centre of Macao Island – but here lies the tale of the passage to Mammon that they have all unwittingly followed. There are numerous visual clues that trace the history of Macao, both in its people and its architecture but a leisurely walk along a relatively straight but undulating mile will encapsulate much of the cultural...

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Macao Part 1 – Here there be Dragons!
Apr26

Macao Part 1 – Here there be Dragons!

Outwardly sophisticated in appearance, Macao is a cauldron of gambling, wealth, history and kitsch. As we step ashore in Macao from the TurboJET high speed ferry from Hong Kong, our first impression is one of a clean, sophisticated city similar to Singapore. Not for long… The process of getting here is simple – once you’ve got to Hong Kong! We’ve queued briefly at the Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, to buy...

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A haven from the hub-bub of Hong Kong
Apr12

A haven from the hub-bub of Hong Kong

In a city that powers through every 24hrs as if it was its last, Lanson Place offers a peaceful escape for the traveller who seeks some quality down-time but still wants to be part of the action. There’s no shortage of luxury accommodation in Hong Kong but there is a shortage of peace, quiet…and space. With space at such a premium on an island of finite size, it’s inevitable that hotels go higher but rooms don’t seem to get any...

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Hong Kong – fairground and finance full-on!
Nov02

Hong Kong – fairground and finance full-on!

Although the transition from British to Chinese rule hasn’t been seamless, Hong Kong’s frenetic pace continues unabated as the world’s centre for decadence and money in all its forms. Long seen as China’s gateway to the west, Hong Kong continues to assault the senses with its aura of organised chaos. To liken Hong Kong to a fairground is to understand the riot of tradition and colour but to underestimate the sheer volume of money that...

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A slow boat in China – Shanghai
Aug24

A slow boat in China – Shanghai

After I’d been propositioned by a very attractive Chinese girl in the Nanjing Road who admired how handsome I was and wondered what I was doing later, Cherrie thought it was time to explore out of town before I became too enamoured with the sights of night-time  Shanghai. The proposition was a surprise, but if we’d expected anything of Shanghai it wasn’t how impressed we’d be with the vibrancy, technology and overall dynamism of a...

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