Hong Kong

Tips for Tian Tan: Hong Kong’s “Big Buddha”

Tian Tan Buddha is one of Hong Kong’s most iconic and popular attractions. In this post, we’ll offer tips for visiting “Big Buddha,” share photos from our experiences, and offer ideas for other things to do on Lantau Island to make it worthwhile as a day or half-day trip. Tian Tan Buddha is a 34-meter […]

Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights

If you’ve ever watched a travel show about Hong Kong, you’ve probably heard of the Symphony of Lights, a free laser light and sound show that runs nightly on both sides of Victoria Harbour at 8 p.m. You’re likely aware that more than 40 skyscrapers on Kowloon and Hong Kong Island participate, and that the […]

Hong Kong Fall Trip Report

The first stop on our Asia trip was Hong Kong. Unlike our stay in Japan, this was a relatively brief stopover, with only two days to explore the city followed by a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland. Our main reasons for visiting were seeing that park at Halloween, and also revisiting the city after our […]

Bon Voyage!

Greetings from the Windy City! As I write this, Sarah and I are waiting to board our flight to Asia for a two month trip exploring Hong Kong and Japan (…but mostly Japan). Traveling for an extended period of time is an idea that has been percolating for a while for us. At the end […]

We Didn’t Like Tai O Fishing Village.

Tai O is a fishing village on Lantau Island in Hong Kong, which is home to the Tanka people who have built houses on stilts above the water. It is routinely praised as a must-visit spot in Hong Kong as a way to step back in time, to an idyllic village that’s home to friendlier […]

Victoria Peak: Hong Kong’s Best View

At 1,811 feet tall, Victoria Peak is Hong Kong’s highest point and a popular spot that’s renowned for its stunning view of Hong Kong’s skyline. This post provides tips, photos from Victoria Peak, whether to do the free observation platform or the paid area, and thoughts on whether it’s worth the time. While there are […]

Review: Is Chi Lin Nunnery Worth Visiting?

This post offers tips, information, and a review of Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden, a Buddhist temple and garden in Kowloon, Hong Kong. While the nunnery and garden are technically two distinct places, they flow into one another, so we’re going to cover them in a single post. The Chi Lin Nunnery is […]

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Review

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is a 5-Star luxury kotel adjacent to the Hong Kong Convention Center along Victoria Harbour. Guest rooms are well-appointed, and many feature stunning views of the harbor and Hong Kong skyline. Much like the city of Hong Kong itself, the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong has the feel of “East Meets West.” […]