Chi Lin Nunnery, Diamond Hill


The Chi Lin Nunnery situated in Diamon Hill, just east of where I was staying in Kowloon is a beautiful complex covering a space of more than 33,000 square meters including a nunnery, temple halls, Chinese gardens, visitor’s hostels and a vegetarian restaurant. The temple halls have statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha, the goddess of mercy Guanyin and other bodhisattvas made from gold, clay, wood and stone. Continue reading

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Azure – a sure treasure above Lan Kwai Fong

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If I hadn’t gone to Hong Kong I wouldn’t have been let in to a place like Azure without showing ID or being in company of five Swedish models.

Azure, a club in LKF Hotel is the classy escape from the hoards of drunken westerners dressed up as chickens that run around between the bars and 7-Elevens on Lan Kwai Fong. LKF Hotel’s club Azure is many levels above that. Literally, 29 levels. There, the hoards of drunken westerners are wearing suit and the drinks far away from 7-Eleven standard.

Suits or chickens, they might be all the same, but the view from Azure’s top floor terrace is why you happily pay the 83 HKD (£6.7) for a 33cl bottle of beer.

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Gai daan jai, the ultimate HK street food 鷄蛋仔

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gai daan jai (鷄蛋仔)

The origins of the eggette or gai daan jai (which literally translates to little chicken eggs) are unknown, despite being ingrained in the memories of Hong Kong people. According to the Kowloon City vendor, Mr. Lee: “Enterprising post-war generation created the egg-shaped mold to make up for an eggless batter, as eggs used to be a luxury.” Continue reading

A natural Peak of a Hong Kong trip

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If I hadn’t gone to Hong Kong I wouldn’t have seen the city’s highest located shopping mall – the Victorian Peak. Starting out as a viewing point on top of the hill, 552 metres above sea level behind Central on Hong Kong Island, the place soon expanded with bars, restaurants, cafés and shops until it was a proper mall. This seems to be a natural step for places in Hong Kong – whatever it used to be it always ends up as a mall.

At the end of the 19th century the peak got the tram route that today works as a tourist attraction within the real attraction.

Even if you don’t want to pay the 30 HKD to enter The Peak’s Sky Terrace 428 you get a great view from what is the highest observation deck in town.

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What I learnt from Taichi

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Three months. That’s the time it took me about to learn the 24 forms of Wushu Taichi — and I didn’t even force myself. Obviously, the first thing I learnt from Taichi are these 24 basic forms. There are more to go if I want to become better at it.
At the same time, through this learning, I understood more about Asian culture and about the body and it’s mysterious and complexe functioning. I leanrt more about myself, too.
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First time outside practice

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The alarm jars me from my sleep. It’s 6am. I feel dizzy but I manage to stand on my feet and, my eyes still tightly closed, I stumble on my way to the bathroom to have a quick shower. The splash of water on my head forces me to open my eyelid to discover a pale and attracting light that filters through the window; that makes me just in the right mood for my Taichi practice.
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Enjoy HK’s sweetest view from Sugar Bar

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If I hadn’t gone to Hong Kong I wouldn’t have paid £7.24p for a glass of wine. But I wouldn’t have done it on a roof terrace overlooking Kowloon Bay either so that is nothing to whine about.

Sugar Bar in Tai Koo is a sweet spot for lovers of open sky roof decks, elegant cocktails and lounge music that one doesn’t have to feel forced to dance to.

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Whats left of Macanese cousine near Hong Kong

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African chicken, shrimp fruit salad rice and broccoli, the real fusion cusine

Macau is only minutes away from HK and it’s a great way to escape the city and try Portuguese lifestyle in Chinese sauce. Macau is a former Portuguese colony, and is both the first and last European colony in China. Portuguese traders first settled in Macau in the 16th century and subsequently administered the region until the handover on 20 December 1999. The Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration and the Basic Law of Macau stipulate that Macau operates with a high degree of autonomy until at least 2049, fifty years after the transfer. Macanese cuisine is unique to Macau and consists of a blend of southern Chinese and Portuguese cuisines, with significant influences from Southeast Asia. Continue reading