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Cheung Chau Island – Enjoy Fantastic Views from the North Lookout Pavilion

Views from the North Pavilion Lookout

Lantau Island from Cheung Chau's North Pavilion Lookout

Cheung Chau Island is located to the South West of Hong Kong Island, and South of Lantau Island, and it’s home to a large fishing fleet and around 20,000 residents. I posted some pictures of the beach, some restaurants and the main square back here, but there are also some pretty good views to be… Read more

Peng Chau Island – Relax on Secluded Beaches and Enjoy Great Views

Peng Chau Island, Hong Kong

Peng Chau Island, Hong Kong

Peng Chau Island is off the beaten track for many. Weekenders and tourists tend to go to Lantau, Lamma or Cheung Chau, all of which are more developed than Peng Chau. There is little or no business on Peng Chau, other than those that serve the needs of the residents. It is basically a dormitory… Read more

Cheung Chau Island: Tung Wan Beach and Seafood Lunch

Cheung Chau Island Tung Wan Beach

Cheung Chau Island, Tung Wan Beach

If you’re not crazy about hiking here in Hong Kong (it does get pretty hot in the summer months!) then a visit to Cheung Chau Island may work for you: it has a nice beach, which I’ve covered in this post, and a great lookout point that I’ll cover separately. It’s one of the smallest… Read more

Silvermine Waterfall, Mui Wo, Lantau Island – Enjoy a BBQ in Beautiful Surroundings

Wetland on the way to Silvermin Waterfall

A wetland on the way to Silvermine Waterfall

I live in a lovely part of the world: Mui Wo on Lantau Island in Hong Kong. Mui Wo sits on Silvermine Bay, South Lantau, so called because there was a silver mine in the hills behind the bay, that was worked in the second half of the 19th Century – 1862, until work stopped… Read more

Hike from Park View to Stanley via the Wilson Trail – Enjoy the Spectacular Views

Stanley Main Beach Hong Kong

Stanley Main Beach, Hong Kong

The walk from Park View, on Hong Kong Island, to Stanley Gap Road takes about an hour and a half – more or less, depending on your level of fitness. It’s a tough trail because it contains the famous (some would say infamous!) 1,000 steps – which are actually 1,100 steps – and there is… Read more

Historic Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island, Cebu – Relax in Luxurious Resorts

Lapu Lapu monument park, Cebu

The Lapu Lapu monument park, Mactan Island, Cebu.

Lapu Lapu is a city on Mactan Island, Cebu Province, in Central Visayas. It is part of Cebu, and it has a special place in the Philippines’ history: It’s where the chief of the local clan repelled the Spanish invaders in 1521 and, in the process, killed the explorer Magellan – the first recorded time… Read more

Lamma Island Hong Kong – Best Seafood in Hong Kong (By Far)

Sok Kwu Wan seafood restaurants

Sok Kwu Wan seafood restaurants

The territory of Hong Kong encompasses 246 islands, the majority of which are uninhabited, with some barely more than a big rock. However, in addition to Lantau Island, where I live, there’s also a community on Lamma Island, which lies to the South-West of Hong Kong Island. Whereas Lantau is the biggest island in the… Read more

Baguio City, Philippines – Explore Camp John Hay and Mines View

Mines View, Baguio, Philippines

Mines View, Baguio City, Philippines.

Baguio City, in the mountains of Northern Luzon, has a climate that is quite different from most other parts of the Philippines. That’s because it sits at an altitude of around 5,000 feet. I’ve woken up on a December morning to find ice on the car’s windscreen – not a common experience in the Philippines… Read more