Of grit and glitter

Exploring Hong Kong Part 7 – Old Wan Chai History Between Wan Chai and Admiralty MTR stops is a wealth of Hong Kong history waiting to be discovered. On the Lonely Planet walking tour, we were distracted by the Wan Chai Street Market and the wet market (which, gross enough, was once a mortuary during WWII),…

Markets and Shops of Wan Chai

Exploring Hong Kong Part 6 – Wan Chai markets and shops Wan Chai is best known for bars and entertainment. It beats out the pulse of the city and all its vices. Well, that was partially true in the early days of the British colonization here. My friends and I embarked on a self-guided walking…

Spending time with sparrows and pigeons

Exploring Hong Kong Part 5 – Hong Kong Park & Victoria Park If you tire of tall buildings, crowded streets, and insanely-packed markets, take a break and wander into Hong Kong Park (Admiralty MTR) or Victoria Park (Tin Hau MTR) for a relaxing stroll amongst beautifully-landscaped scenes, complete with butterflies, artists, bursting flowers, and the…

Ye olde folke lore

Abandoned over time, the Hakka folk village of Sheung Yiu sits as a silent testament to the time when life was much simpler outside the mega-city of Hong Kong

The Cliffs of Insanity: Kowloon Markets & Mong Kok

Exploring Hong Kong Part 3 – Kowloon Markets & Mong Kok Kowloon and Mong Kok both have some pretty interesting markets for the tourist or the everyday Hong Kong resident. First of all, I highly recommend a visit to the Kowloon/Mong Kok Markets. They’re hectic, packed full of people, surrounded by dense, dizzyingly high buildings,…

A [not so] fairy tale delivery story

Based on a true story of daily life in Hong Kong. Once upon a time, there was a fair, kind, and young(ish) maiden living in a lovely village up the very steep hill from the big kingdom. This fair, kind, and young(ish) maiden wanted to get her groceries delivered, and she waited two very long…

Can you take me higher?

Exploring Hong Kong Part 2 – Victoria Peak tram After a failed attempt at taking the Peak Tram back in July (it was a Saturday and I couldn’t even people that day), I figured I may as well have another go at it during the week. Fortunately, when I arrived, it was only about a…

10,000 Buddhas to watch you climb a steep hill

Exploring HK Part 1: 10,000 Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin As fall break approached, I couldn’t be happier to have a significant amount of time off to recover from a) graduate school completion, b) hectic travel to HK, c) starting a job in a new school with new kids, new team, and entirely knew curricular…