Hong Kong – Hiking the Peak

While most tourists take the Peak Tram up to the top, take some photos then return to the city, or at the most walk along the Peak Circle Trail, we decided that hiking all the way up would be more enjoyable, not to mention cheaper. I've taken the tram up before in the past, and although … Continue reading Hong Kong – Hiking the Peak


Hong Kong – CNY Fireworks

No Chinese New Year celebration is complete without fireworks, and Hong Kong definitely pulled all the stops out this year. Lasting around half an hour, the impressive spectacle started at 8pm but I'd highly recommend arriving at least half an hour early to get a good spot! There are several good locations to watch the show from … Continue reading Hong Kong – CNY Fireworks

Hong Kong – CNY Parade

Each year in Hong Kong a parade takes place to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Local groups of dancers, acrobats, floats, and even a rollerblading show proceed along the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon). My favourite has to be the dragon dancers, but a close second would be the lion dancers on stilts - pretty … Continue reading Hong Kong – CNY Parade

Li River Bamboo Boat Trip

No trip to Guilin is complete without a tour along the Li River on a "bamboo boat" (although we were rather disappointed to find plastic piping now used as the main material!). Most tourists take a raft to either Yangshuo or Xingping for a day or two exploring the smaller towns around Guilin. Our original … Continue reading Li River Bamboo Boat Trip

Guilin – Climbing Old Elephant Hill

To get the best view of the city and surrounding area, one needs to climb one of Guilin's many hills - revealing an incredible cityscape hidden between the famous peaks of this region. Unfortunately, locals have realised they can capitalise on this idea and so most hills within the city are now "parks" where you … Continue reading Guilin – Climbing Old Elephant Hill