Hong Kong’s Free Ride-To-The-Sky

I squint my eyes try­ing to get the sen­sa­tion of fly­ing, or per­haps rap­pelling. It’s been over a year since I’ve rap­pelled from a height like this, and nev­er from a build­ing. I’m inside the Hopewell Cen­ter Obser­va­tion Ele­va­tor, a free gut wrench­ing ride above the city.…

Yim Tin Tsai — Hong Kong’s Ghost Island

Once home to a thriv­ing Salt Indus­try Yim Tin Tsai Island is now most­ly aban­doned with some fas­ci­nat­ing neglect­ed build­ings slow­ly decay­ing, being tak­en back to the earth by the inevitable hand of nature. The island was first set­tled by the Hak­ka group of South Chi­na…

Dragon Holes of Hong Kong

A glance around Hong Kong and you might notice odd holes in the mid­dle of its sky­scrap­ers. An unusu­al and unique fea­ture of this city. Why build gaps into a build­ing in a city with some of the high­est real estate prices in the world? The answer lies in drag­ons and the…

Walking to Victoria Peak — The Classic View of Hong Kong

When you pic­ture Hong Kong this view is per­haps the most com­mon. It’s cer­tain­ly the most acces­si­ble view from any of the moun­tains sur­round­ing the city, as you can take a tram or bus to the top and walk along the path sur­round­ing “The Peak” (What the locals call…

Hong Kong — A City of Contrasts

In the last 5 weeks I’ve explored the islands and beach­es, camped alone under the stars, noth­ing but the sounds of the waves lulling me to sleep. Count­less hikes, explored more tem­ples and learned much more about this city and its his­to­ry, includ­ing the bizarrely unique drag­on holes

Dragon’s Back — Asia’s Best Urban Hike

Dragon’s Back, a por­tion of the much longer Hong Kong trail, is an eas­i­ly acces­si­ble, not very stren­u­ous hike along a ridge line with great views of the ocean and islands sur­round­ing the Shek O penin­su­la on Hong Kong Island. It has been rat­ed as one of the best if not…

Kamikaze Tunnels of Hong Kong- A story of War and Occupation

The ocean is calm as the British Air­craft Car­ri­er slow­ly steams into the Japan­ese occu­pied waters of Hong Kong, appre­hen­sive of float­ing mines. A sun­ny morn­ing in August 1945. Bat­tle sta­tions aboard the HMS Vengeance are manned, gun­ners on high alert. The 7 foot…

10 Cheap/Free Things To Do In Hong Kong

The thriv­ing metrop­o­lis of Hong Kong is a city that has much to dis­cov­er. With its mediter­ranean-like islands and beach­es to its fine din­ing and shop­ping. It’s a unique blend of Can­tonese and West­ern cul­ture with an intrigu­ing his­to­ry and breath­tak­ing views of…

Hong Kong’s Monster Building

Cramped pub­lic hous­ing “man­sions” from the 1960s per­fect­ly con­vey the feel­ing of Hong Kong, one of the most dense­ly pop­u­lat­ed cities in the world. “400 to 500 Mil­lion HKD….to live in this grave­yard.” (500–600 thou­sand USD) my friend Bon­nie tells me. She’s from Hong…
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Ten things that would have made my first trip to Chi­na a lit­tle eas­i­er. It can be excit­ing dis­cov­er­ing them on your own, or it can be a big headache. So hope­ful­ly my frus­tra­tions will make things just a lit­tle eas­i­er for you. 1. WeChat It’s a mix of Mes­sen­ger,…

Hong Kong’s Free Ride-To-The-Sky

I squint my eyes try­ing to get the sen­sa­tion of fly­ing, or per­haps rap­pelling. It’s been over a year since I’ve rap­pelled from a height like this, and nev­er from a build­ing. I’m inside the Hopewell Cen­ter Obser­va­tion Ele­va­tor, a free gut wrench­ing ride above the city.…

Yim Tin Tsai — Hong Kong’s Ghost Island

Once home to a thriv­ing Salt Indus­try Yim Tin Tsai Island is now most­ly aban­doned with some fas­ci­nat­ing neglect­ed build­ings slow­ly decay­ing, being tak­en back to the earth by the inevitable hand of nature. The island was first set­tled by the Hak­ka group of South Chi­na…

Dragon Holes of Hong Kong

A glance around Hong Kong and you might notice odd holes in the mid­dle of its sky­scrap­ers. An unusu­al and unique fea­ture of this city. Why build gaps into a build­ing in a city with some of the high­est real estate prices in the world? The answer lies in drag­ons and the…

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Hey I’m Alden. I’ve been trav­el­ling the world con­tin­u­ous­ly since May, 2016. I start­ed in Europe and in the past year have been explor­ing Asia. Fol­low me on my next adven­ture -

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It’s My Life — Part 01: Sunday Morning

I know it’s a bad world out there. I know this not from the lit­tle I have seen of this scary degrad­ed plan­et. I know this because this is what my par­ents have taught me. My par­ents and oth­er adults that have raised me. They know so much about the world and have taught me every­thing I know. I feel so lucky that I didn’t have to grow up like they did, in a pub­lic school and go to Col­lege, exposed to the degrad­ed peo­ple, the drugs and worst of all the psy­chi­a­trists or the “psychs” as we call them.

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