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Travelling to Guilin by train

A cheap and convenient way to visit the beautiful cities of Guilin, Yangshuo and their surroundings is by train. Everyone who has been in Hong Kong and China for a while know that the high-speed trains are a symbol of modern China, becoming one of the most efficient...

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New Airport Express Fares in Effect

Airport express fares are going up around 10% on June 18 2017. Since this is the first increase since the start of Airport Express, I feel this is more than fair and still a reasonable cost. New Fares using Octopus card are: Hong Kong Station: $110 vs $100...

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Buying and Using Alaska Miles to Redeem Cheap Flights from Asia

We previously explained that buying frequent flyer miles can be a cheap way of booking premium cabin flights. In this article we will look at the frequent flyer scheme of Alaska Airlines, a surprisingly cheap way for people based in Asia to fly. Introduction Alaska Airlines’ frequent flyer...

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Where to Hear Live Poetry in Hong Kong

If you want to listen to or even perform live poetry in Hong Kong there is a slim but growing number of options. Tuesday – The Hong Kong Writers Circle hosts a monthly social at Culture Club, in Lower Elgin Street. Readings start around eight o’clock although the...

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15 items a hotel can get rid of: my thoughts

I found this article 15 Items Hotels Could Eliminate from a Facebook an old professor of mine from Cornell Hotel School shared. I thought it was interesting so I wanted to share my thoughts and opinions on the items presented. 1. Bed scarves. This old-fashioned and basically useless...

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Best Hong Kong Markets: Top Picks

One of the producers David at ANYDOKO shared with me a video they created about the Best Authentic Market shopping in HK. It was very colorful and informative so I wanted to share it with all the HKTravelBlog readers. The video text is below in italic if you don’t have...

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My terrible experience with Expedia

I generally prefer to use face to face travel agents than online travel agents, partly because I find the service is better. However, sometimes I end up using online travel agents. In the past year I have twice used Expedia and twice had abysmal experiences. I share them...

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Uber HK insurance coverage & promo code

Insurance Uber in HK has upped their insurance coverage for passengers up to $100 million, which was effective Oct 17, 2016 to Sep 16, 2017. However, Uber only announced this in February. See the AIG insurance certificate. Previously Uber used a global umbrella policy which covers up to...

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Buying and Using Avianca Life Miles to Redeem Flights from Asia

We previously explained that buying frequent flyer miles can be a cheap way of booking premium cabin flights. In this article we will look at the frequent flyer scheme of Avianca, the Colombian flag carrier which has been flying for almost a century. Despite not being well known...