Hong Kong

Aging fast in the city that never gets old

Aging fast in the city that never gets old

I have never felt the need to mark birthdays. But I have also been really lucky to spend more than my fair share of birthdays somewhere more interesting than my living room. Living and working in the English Lake District, hiking in the Himalayas in Nepal, living in...

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Traveling fast in the fast city of Hong Kong

Traveling fast in the fast city of Hong Kong

We’ve said it before, but Hong Kong is one of our favourite places. It was also the first city we ever visited in Asia when we flew from Vancouver in 2007, the first stop on our first long sabbatical. Wide-eyed novices, we knew next to nothing about traveling....

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Crossing the Hong Kong-Shenzen border on foot

Crossing the Hong Kong-Shenzen border on foot

In a few hours we leave for Mainland China.  We've been in Hong Kong for a week and loved every minute. From walking Hong Kong Island using the futuristic escalators and pedestrian-friendly, above-ground walkways.... To stopping for Chinese sweets at bakeries that...

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We Heart Hong Kong

We Heart Hong Kong

  A monsoon has come to Guangdong province and it is affecting our weather here in HK. The temperature has dropped to about 17 C, bringing with it a thick, soupy fog that hugs the city. It hasn't bothered us, though.  We've been hiking in some of the city's best...

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Arrival day in Hong Kong: Surviving long enough to sleep

Arrival day in Hong Kong: Surviving long enough to sleep

We’re back in Hong Kong, a city we really love. It's warm and humid, and the sun occasionally pops out for a peek from behind the clouds. The temperature today is a lovely 25 degrees and there’s a refreshing breeze keeping us cool.  We couldn't be happier right now....

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Night Bus Adventures: From Hong Kong to Vietnam

Night Bus Adventures: From Hong Kong to Vietnam

We arrived at the China Travel Service office in Mong Kok just as the sun was beginning to set. This is a busy area of Kowloon and the crowds were heavy with commuters returning from work or heading out for some evening fun. Our packs are big. Like really big. We were...

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For candy lovers, Hong Kong is the motherland

For candy lovers, Hong Kong is the motherland

It’s our last day in Hong Kong. Already.   We’re over our jet lag, the reality of what we’re doing is finally starting to sink in. And ready or not, we’re about to start the real adventure of finding our way overland to China and then across the Vietnamese border...

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Arriving in Hong Kong: the sweet reek of adventure!

Arriving in Hong Kong: the sweet reek of adventure!

The first time you land in Hong Kong it hits you. The smell. And it’s wonderful. Tropical warmth, flowers, busy streets, Chinese spices. It all mixes together in a scent that, for the first time traveler to Asia, just reeks of adventure.   The other thing you...

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