Discovering Macao

After a week of cloudy weather, it finally got sunny in Hong Kong. It was our last day there. We left in the morning for Macao. A little bit of history: part of Portugal from the 16th century, Macao was given back to China in 1999. They’re under a similar level of autonomy as HK: “one country, two systems” or, as I see it, “You are free to do as Continue…

New Year Fireworks Show In Hong Kong

Here are the fireworks: Now let’s talk about logistics. Since the fireworks are launched from barges in Victoria Harbour, you can see them from either the north (around Tsim Sha Tsui) or the south (Hong Kong Island). We read stories about hundreds of thousands of people crowding in Tsim Sha Tsui. Somebody even wrote how he arrived in the area at 10 pm, but was not able to make his Continue…

Lion Rock

It was our last full day in Hong Kong. Based on the weather forecasts I’ve been checking the past week, this looked like the best shot we had for some clear skies and good views over the city. Lion Rock is known for some spectacular nightscapes. So we went on a hike. Sections 3 and 4 of the MacLehose trail. The whole trail has 100 km, while our route had Continue…

The Complete Guide on Visiting the Big Buddha on Lantau Island

Hello and welcome to the “Complete Guide on Visiting the Big Buddha on Lantau Island”. The Tian Tan Buddha (aka Big Buddha) statue is 34 meters tall and is definitely the major attraction on the island. So it really doesn’t matter if you like statues or not or if you’re Buddhist or not. Solely due to this immense peer pressure you will have to visit. Your life would not be Continue…

Dragon’s Back Trail – Asia’s Best Urban Hike*

* according to Time Asia (unfortunately the original article is no longer online, but I’ll take Wikipedia‘s word on this) The day started with some beautiful weather, so we chose to start our hike from the beach near the village of Shek O. Seriously now, despite the clouds, it was quite warm, with temperatures up to 20 degrees. We didn’t take a dip though. There were warnings that shark nets Continue…