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Hong Kong on the Cheap

Hong Kong on the Cheap

In an international city like Hong Kong, there are countless ways to spend your days as a tourist. Here are a few noteworthy and cheap activities to add to your itinerary. Victoria Peak is one of Hong Kong’s most famous tourist attractions, and it is accessible by bus and taxi, as well as private car.

10 Free Things to Do in Hong Kong

10 Free Things to Do in Hong Kong

Many tourist attractions in Hong Kong, such as the local amusement parks, aren’t cheap; and the city is full of designer clothes and luxury goods. But, there are quite a few things to do in this Asian metropolis that are free and fun.

Safe drinking water is a luxury in many travel destinations

Safe drinking water is a luxury in many travel destinations

Anyone who has traveled outside the US and Europe knows that in some destinations one everyday modern convenience becomes almost a luxury: drinking water. In many developing countries, tap water is not potable. And when I went to the Philippines, one place we stayed…

Escape from the Hong Kong concrete jungle

Escape from the Hong Kong concrete jungle

Hong Kong is famous for its impressive skylines and tall buildings, being one of the most important economic centers in Asia. But actually, it’s relatively easy to escape from the concrete jungle here. There are many beaches and hiking trails, as well as nature preserves and parks.

My 360 square foot Hong Kong dream house

My 360 square foot Hong Kong dream house

Some people–my mother is one of them–find it strangely enjoyable to peruse real estate listings online and in the newspaper, even when they have no intention of moving to a new location. Others even frequent open houses on Sunday afternoon, just to see what the property is like. I, however, only look at apartments when I must; and for the past two weeks now, it was a must.

The mid-autumn festival in Hong Kong

The mid-autumn festival in Hong Kong

One way to celebrate the festival in Hong Kong is to attend the carnival set up in Victoria Park, accessible from the Causeway Bay and Tin Hau MTR stations. This is a carnival in a looser sense of the word–there aren’t duck-shooting games or ski ball stalls. However, there are small groups of performers stationed throughout the park showcasing

Home from Hong Kong: Reverse Culture Shock

Home from Hong Kong: Reverse Culture Shock

I learned the term “reverse culture shock” during preparations for my first study abroad experience to Australia in 2007. The study abroad counselors warned all students headed for international study that not only is it possible to feel culture shock when arriving in a new country, but also it can be experienced upon returning home.

Guide to Hong Kong transportation

Guide to Hong Kong transportation

The Mass Transit Railway, almost always referred to as the MTR, is Hong Kong’s subway system. It is quite extensive, reaching into the New Territories all the way to the Chinese border. However, there is only one MTR line on Hong Kong Island, along its northern edge; so, any of the island’s southern areas must be reach by other means.

Hong Kong’s famous Star Ferry

Hong Kong’s famous Star Ferry

Nowadays, travel between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon is quite simple. Buses, taxis and private cars can drive through an underwater tunnel to go from side to side. The subway system also crosses underneath Victoria Harbor in a couple of locations. But before those more modern conveniences, people had to take junk boats or ferries to navigate across.

Guide to the Hong Kong markets

Guide to the Hong Kong markets

Southeast Asia as a whole is well known for its bargain shopping, and Hong Kong is no exception to the rule. However, I would say that the discounts to be found in the city aren’t as substantial as those in Thailand or Laos, or even in mainland China. Nevertheless…