Asia

Discovering Hong Kong

Exploring Hong Kong We had several days to explore Hong Kong. Our hostel was actually located on another island in an area called Kowloon, one of the main tourist drags full of good eats and excellent shopping . It was…

A Weekend in Kowloon

Welcome to your nightmares – ChungKing Mansions ChungKing Mansions are a Steven King novel just waiting to happen. A twenty something story building, rambling and totally derelict, it must have come straight out ofCandy Man (a 1990’s horror movie for you…

Escaping to Songpan’s Ice mountain in China

Ice Mountain It was almost like staying at the Four Seasons. A few exceptions perhaps…The hard, cold ground didn’t quite resemble a double stuffed air mattress and the air conditioner seemed to be permanently stuck in the on position. Room service also had an…

Exploring Shanghai, China

On the Road Again There are numerous things to do on a 45 hour train ride, one being writing silly poems that don’t rhyme properly. On the other hand, I did get a couple of chuckles out of Cara as…

Leaving Shanghai

And We’re Off!! Time to leave China — we are flying out of Shanghai in a few hours. Cara is going back home to Brisbane while I am off to the Land of Smiles….Thailand once again. For reasons unknown, I have…

Visiting Tienanmen Square in Beijing, China

Tienanmen Square Mao’s creation lies at the heart of Beijing, a massive stone desert providing a scenic entrance to the Forbidden City. A playground for children to run wild, laughingly spinning in circles and flying brightly colored dragon flags. A…

Walking Along the Great Wall of China

Great Wall – Jinshanling to Simatai Jinshanling to Simatai – a ten kilometer stretch of Wall punctuated with watch towers, steep plunges, and scrambling accents along the Greatness of history. Possibly classified as one of the best backpacking experiences of…