I love Tokyo. It is one of the few cities we have returned to multiple times, and know that we will visit again. See my Modern Traditional Tokyo article for more information on Akihabara electric town, Sumo, Harajuku, Meiji-jingu, Tsukiji central fish market, Ninja Akasaka, Shibuya crossing, the Hachiko statue and Tokyo Sky Tree. For […]
It’s currently ghost month in Hong Kong, the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar (August 3rd-31st in 2016). Ghosts fearsome and friendly roam among us. The gates of hell are open allowing restless spirits to haunt the living and the gates of heaven have also been thrown wide allowing benevolent spirits to visit family. […]
Whether you live in Hong Kong, are planning a visit or just want to imagine you are there, there’s a book below for you. From 1840s Hong Kong in Tai-Pan, to the 1940s-60s Hong Kong of Gweilo, Noble House and The Piano Teacher to modern day Hong Kong in The Expatriates and Misfortune Cookie. For […]
Neon signs are an iconic feature of many cities, but what happens when they reach the end of their commercial lifespan? In Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Warsaw and soon in Hong Kong, signs are being collected, preserved and displayed in neon museums where they can be enjoyed by the public.
I was initially sceptical when a friend (who works as a safety professional) suggested going zip lining in Thailand. He and his partner had been previously and were keen to return, which were both good signs, but it was his description of the well maintained equipment and sound safety procedures executed by well trained staff […]
Many Australians have an Indonesian stamp in their passport from a visit to Bali. Our first trip to Indonesia was to meet up with friends not to party in Bali, but to climb the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa (Krakatau).
The ancient Chinese medical text Huangdi Neijing (黃帝內經) is the fundamental document of Chinese medicine and recommends massage as a treatment for medical ailments. Thus reflexology was born, a branch of alternative medicine based on the application of pressure to a series of zones and reflex areas on the hands and feet to treat issues in the correlating […]
While street art in cities such as London, Paris, Berlin and Hamburg is celebrated, protected or at least tolerated, Hong Kong has a different attitude. The Hong Kong’s Highways Department is quick to remove any unauthorised art, such as the systematic removal of Invader’s 2014 Hong Kong wave. Authorised art has a longer life span, […]
Hong Kong can be divided into four main areas, Hong Kong Island, Kowloon across Victoria Harbour, the New Territories north of Kowloon and the Outlying Islands in the South China Sea which include Lantau, Lamma, Cheung Chau and Peng Chau. This article covers the Outlying Islands. Click here for Hong Kong Island or Kowloon and the New Territories.
Hong Kong can be divided into four main areas, Hong Kong Island, Kowloon across Victoria Harbour, the New Territories north of Kowloon and the Outlying Islands in the South China Sea which include Lantau, Lamma, Cheung Chau and Peng Chau. This article covers Kowloon and the New Territories. Click here for Hong Kong Island or the Outlying Islands.