How to Avoid China’s Crowds and Chaos

China is a traveler’s paradise. Being one of the world’s oldest civilizations, it’s definitely a place that every travelista should explore, at least once in her life.  Walk through clouds of incense at the Lama Temple, run your hands amidst bright red prayer wheels, wander along the glistening Kunming Lake of the Old Summer Palace […]

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Visiting the Tian Tan Buddha, Lantau Island

The Tian Tan Buddha is one of the largest seated Buddha statues in the world. It’s no surprise that this was at the top of my Hong Kong bucket list in 2009 and while I didn’t get to see it on my first trip to Hong Kong, I was sure that I wouldn’t miss it […]

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Hong Kong’s Top Markets

Hong Kong is well known for its street markets that run till the early hours of the morning. Filled with cheap fashionable clothing, antiques, accessories and electronics, it forms the essence of local life on the island and is definitely worth the visit. Be prepared for bustling crowds, inflated prices and of course many almost-authentic […]

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How to Deal with Delayed, Damaged, or Lost Luggage

You’ve just arrived in a new city. Everything around you is foreign. Nobody speaks English and after a sixteen hour flight, all you want to do is check into your hotel, take a nice long bath and get a good night’s rest. As you arrive at the baggage carousel, you see people frantically grabbing their […]

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Burgerman Hong Kong

If you’re ever in Hong Kong and looking for a good burger, then head over to the Burgerman joint in Tai Kok Tsui, Mongkok. Claiming to serve Hong Kong’s top 10 burgers, it’s easy to see (and smell) why.   While it originated in the United States as one of the signature food trucks, it’s on […]

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Why I’ll continue to travel

We travel the world and spend most of our days in the quiet comforts of our own company, exploring the unknown. We wander around cities and learn more about the local people and their problems than any news broadcast could ever show. For some of us, travelling solo and not knowing what the future holds […]

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Chinese Dining Etiquette: 15 Rules for Eating in China

Dining etiquette in China, whether it be a friendly dinner or formal business meeting, is built on strong traditions and whilst it may seem that all you need is to master the use of your chopsticks, it’s important to remember that table manners are more ritualized in the Eastern world with traditions and superstitions still […]

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10 BARGAINING MISHAPS EVERY BEGINNER MAKES AT A STREET MARKET

So you’ve picked up some great street market bargaining tips and are ready to hit the late night stalls and haggle your way to some great buys. Everybody knows that sellers will inevitably set their prices high enough in anticipation of haggling tourists. While it can be a fun experience and you can walk away with […]

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Street Market Bargaining Tips

So you’ve browsed the markets in India and wandered through the markets in Africa. You know that the first price isn’t always the best price but sometimes it can be difficult or feel down right strange to haggle someone into giving you something for a fraction of their original price. Most people dread this part […]

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SHANGHAI IN 48 HOURS

Shanghai is one of China’s most popular cities. Filled with crowded streets and soaring skyscrapers, it forms a modern economical hub. With only 48 hours to spend here, it can seem like a mammoth task to explore this beautiful city so I’ve narrowed it down to a simple easy to follow guide. Ready, set, go! […]

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