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 dopplegangers … Continue reading Countdown: My Top 10 Buddhas…

Beijing: Wonderwall

After deciding that today was a perfect day, I got all analytical and decided that a perfect day in the life of a traveller is not a day which goes perfectly. Today was stressful, frustrating and challenging but the fact it evoked those emotions is exactly what made it a perfect day. It was an … Continue reading Beijing: Wonderwall

Beijing: Summer Palace & Olympic Park

My second full day in Beijing involved me heading to the Haidan District to check out the revered Summer Palace. Situated right next to Beigongmen subway station, it's yet another huge space in Beijing, filled with massive lakes, plenty of Chinese architecture and loads of greenery. I chose the perfect day for it as the … Continue reading Beijing: Summer Palace & Olympic Park


The bullet train to Beijing didn't disappoint. Getting onto it required a lot of guesswork and vague recollections of Chinese characters as nothing in the station was in English. But, despite the station feeling more like an airport, I managed to find my train. I thought I'd walked into First Class rather than Economy as … Continue reading Beiwatch

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 top … Continue 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) Festival … Continue 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 with … Continue reading Keep Calm and Occupy Central