Countdown: My Top 10 Buddhas…

Yesterday I headed over to the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin in the New Territories. There truly is a weird and wonderful Buddha for every occasion. It was a tough call, but I’ve managed to narrow down my favourites down to a select few. So here are my best-loved Buddhas, from the celebrity dopplegangersContinue reading “Countdown: My Top 10 Buddhas…”

Hong Kong: Wetland Park & Ha Pak Nai

As typhoon season came to an end, we had quite a bit of rotten weather at the end of last week, but it cleared over the weekend in time for my next trip. After visiting Lion Rock, I’d been on top of Hong Kong in one sense, now it was time to be on topContinue reading “Hong Kong: Wetland Park & Ha Pak Nai”

Hong Kong: Hiking Lion Rock

A very superficial advantage to China’s influence on Hong Kong is all the holidays we seem to get and last week we got a double whammy. Wednesday was National Day, celebrating 65 years of the PRC (and when many of the protests came to a head), whilst Thursday was the Double Ninth (Chung Yeung) FestivalContinue reading “Hong Kong: Hiking Lion Rock”

Keep Calm and Occupy Central

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you’ll know that Hong Kong has been all over the news recently as the Occupy Central protest movement heats up. It’s a fascinating time to be living in the city, interacting with locals and watching history unfold in front of me. Interdisperse this withContinue reading “Keep Calm and Occupy Central”

Hong Kong: Cheung Chau Island

To recover from the stress of visa-processing, me and my hallmates treated ourselves to a night out in Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) before I had a flick through Lonely Planet to see if there was anywhere nearby I could explore. I stumbled across Cheung Chau Island, a small island close to HK Island, which isContinue reading “Hong Kong: Cheung Chau Island”

Getting a Chinese Visa in Hong Kong…

I hate visas. They’re up there with seagulls, mushrooms and Sharon Osbourne, though it’s normally worth the stress when you get a nice, shiny label for your passport. I perhaps naively thought the process of getting into China would be quite simple, given how close (geographically) Hong Kong and the mainland are, but if anyoneContinue reading “Getting a Chinese Visa in Hong Kong…”

Hong Kong: Park Life

I’ve always really loved big parks in cities. It’s really odd that you come to a metropolitan city like Hong Kong and then immediately try to find ways to escape the hustle and bustle, but nowhere really quite gets that contrast like Hong Kong Park, near to Admiralty MTR station in the centre. The parkContinue reading “Hong Kong: Park Life”

Getting to Grips with Hong Kong

Posts are a bit few and far between at the moment so apologies for that. Moving to the other side of the world really takes it out of you and so this is the first chance I’ve had to really sit and down and write a blog post. I feel like most posts are justContinue reading “Getting to Grips with Hong Kong”

Hong Kong: First Impressions…

So I made it! After around 15 hours of travelling, two planes, a train and a somewhat dubious taxi, I arrived at my new home for the year last week. Hong Kong is everything I had imagined and more: skyscrapers as far as the eye can see signal a modern metropolis and yet the streetsContinue reading “Hong Kong: First Impressions…”