Category Archives: Asia

Hong Kong Travel Guide

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Hong Kong is one of the most dynamic places that I have ever visited, a city you can spend your whole life in and still not fully grasp.  The cosmopolitan area most frequently broadcast to the world is just a tiny fraction of the city.  Much like the New Yorker who refuses to leave Manhattan,…

Gastrolusting: Yung Kee’s Roast Goose

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It’s hard to imagine how a massive restaurant like Yung Kee, with its two floors of dining rooms packed nightly to the brim, consistently serves such amazing eats. But it’s famous roast goose is practically a tourist attraction here in Hong Kong, with many visitors packing up a bird or two to take home (thus earning itself…

Tian Tan Buddha

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Lantau Island, the largest island in Hong Kong, is a relatively undeveloped area but what developments exist on it are new, modern and almost comically exaggerated.  Located next to the reclaimed island where Hong Kong airport sits, Lantau is home to Hong Kong Disneyland, Inspiration Lake (the largest artificial lake in the city), and leisure…

Exploring Kowloon: Chi Lin Nunnery & Nan Lian Garden

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If you find yourself doing a little cultural tour of Kowloon, Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden are quick and easy stops within short walking distance of each other.  The two are located off the Diamond Hill MTR stop, much less of a hike from the train station than the less visited Kowloon Walled…

The Mysterious Man of Kowloon Walled City Park

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Humidity enveloped my clothing in a blanket of sweat as I trudged from the subway stop, taking great care to follow the path delineated in my Kowloon walking tour map.  Halfway through a week in Hong Kong and its surrounds, I was ready to throw in the towel.  My feet hurt from several days of walking,…

Hong Kong Park’s Urban Oasis

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Hong Kong Park truly takes urban oasis to a whole new level, its sprawling grounds protected by the fortress of skyscrapers that comprise Hong Kong’s renowned skyline. The park is flanked by two of Central’s most famous buildings, the iconic Bank of China tower and the geometric Lippo Center.

Sai Kung’s Hoi Pong Square

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Our group was right in the thick of Hoi Pong Square, a renowned “seafood street” in the fishing village of Sai Kung, Hong Kong. Treasure troves of exotic sea creatures surrounded us from all angles, their colorful and sometimes naughtily-shaped bodies beckoning to our stomachs like sirens of sea.

Yuexiu Park and the Symbol of Guangzhou

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Home to the famous Statue of the Five Rams (or Five Goats, depending on your translation), Yuexiu Park is Guangzhou’s central park, equal parts tourist attraction and gathering spot for the locals. Tourists come for the statue, a magnificent stone carving of these legendary animals.

A Thousand Words: Set in Stone

The elaborate stone horses in this picture are part of a stately display at the Guangzhou Sculpture Park, which my friend Trevor and I stumbled upon entirely by accident. Our original destination was Yuexiu Park, home of the Sun Yat Sen Memorial, but a hasty — or perhaps unscrupulous — taxi driver took us to this inconveniently located park in the northern part of the city. It ended up being a nice detour.

The Temples of Guangzhou: Guangxiao & Liurong

Of the numerous temples in Guangzhou, be sure to put two of the most celebrated ones at the top of your sightseeing list: Guangxiao and Liurong. The history itself, which dates back more than 1,000 years, is enough to warrant a quick stroll, especially since the two temples are in short walking distance of each other. Both are open all day until about 5 p.m.

Qingping Market: Snakes and Tigers and Turtles, oh my!

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As an old Cantonese proverb says, “Anything that walks, swims, crawls or flies with its back to heaven is edible.”  In Guangzhou, China, capital of the Guangdong (Canton) province, the go-to place for all things edible is Qingping Market, a collection of dusty stalls that spans a 1 km section of Qingping Road and the…

Yee Shun Milk Company: Wishing you were here

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It’s past midnight, I’ve got the munchies, and I’m debating whether or not a giant spoonful of Nutella is going to do the trick. Then I stumble across this old photo.

Da Ping Huo: Fiery Sichuan off the beaten path

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Introducing the first of what I hope to be many posts by my friend and fellow traveler Trevor Throntveit, an all-around adventurer and lover of all things Asian that attracts women and trouble wherever he goes. Oh, and he’s an excellent writer. Hear him wax poetic on the elegance of a 12-course Sichuan dinner in Hong Kong.

Bali Travel Guide

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Bali is a special sort of place, a tiny island that has thrived on tourism for decades and yet has managed to keep much of its cultural heritage in tact. It satisfies just about every type of traveler, from adventurer to meditator, sightseer to beach bum. Here are some of the fabulous places and faces…

A Thousand Words: Sunset in Seminyak

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If you’re staying in the popular beach towns of southwestern Bali, watching the sunset is a must-see spectacle. When the clouds are out, as they often are on this tropical island, gorgeous swirls of pinks mingle with the otherwise perfect blue sky.