History and Science Museums in Hong Kong

Exhibit of a wedding procession from the Hong Kong Museum of History Want to get away from the touristy, gimicky stuff?  The Hong Kong Museum of History and its neighbour, the Hong Kong Science Museum are places for you to go to.  For those interested in history and culture (but not necessarily into more traditional cultural pieces), […]

The Cha Chaan Teng: Hong Kong's Own Unique Cuisine

British colonialism has certainly influenced Hong Kong casual dining.  The Hong Kong grown cha chaan teng, which translates to “tea restaurant,” is a casual dining restaurant that is a hybrid of east and west.  The affordable fare ranges from more Chinese noodle in soup dishes to food found in North American restaurants such as french […]

Food, Glorious Chinese Food!

If you think Chinese food is about chicken balls, egg rolls and fortune cookies, then you don’t know Chinese food.  These items are in fact, North American inventions.  “Real” traditional Chinese food is very diverse and consists of a large variety of foods, with each region having its own signature dishes.  People in cities like […]

Peak Historical Gallery and Tram Video

Until the 1880s, the only way to get up to the Peak was by sedan chair.  The tram, which took three years to build, finally opened in 1888 and ran on steam engine.  In the 1920s, it was replaced by electricity.  Originally used to take British expats to their homes, today, the tram carries over […]

Hong Kong Public Transportation

One of the best ways to get around Hong Kong is by its subway system, called the MTR.  It consists of seven rail lines, plus two express lines (one to the airport and the other to Hong Kong Disney) as well as one for light rail.  Lines are diffrentiated by the end stations, rather than […]

Christmas in Hong Kong: Absolutely CRAZY!

Christmas Eve at Pacific Place Mall, Hong Kong  In most parts of the west, Christmas is quiet.  Stores are closed and people are spending time with their family.  Not so in Hong Kong.  Though Christmas is celebrated commercially (kids see Santa, homes often have trees and of course, malls and streets are decorated), the Christian […]

Shopping in Hong Kong

Wow…what can I say?  Shopping here is a recreational sport.  From high end malls like Pacific Place, IFC and The Landmark (where practically every store is something you’d find on Fifth Avenue or Rodeo Drive) to local markets, you can anything and everything.  Ranging from local brands to internationally known ones like Zara, Kate Spade and Vivienne Tam, shopping doesn’t […]

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The Peak: A Gorgeous View High Up in Hong Kong

 Home to Hong Kong’s old society, complete with a gorgeous, high-up view of the region, The Peak (more formally known as Victoria Peak or Mount Austin), until the middle of the twentieth century, restricted only to the expat communities from Britain.  Things, of course, have since changed, and today, not only are home owners locals, […]

Culture Shock? Nope, Not Really!

  Many first timers to Hong Kong come here to expect a huge culture shock.  These people, especially ones from more larger, urban centres are often pleasantly surprised to find out that this isn’t really the case.   Hong Kong’s culture in 2009 is quite westernized, likely due to habit, modernization and its colonial past (i.e. the exotic, […]