Author: Christopher R.

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Review: Park Hyatt, Guangzhou

In recent years, Guangzhou has seen a rash of new luxury hotels operated by western brands. Like some others, this Park Hyatt is centrally located in Zhejiang new town area (just a few yards from a metro stop). The hotel occupies the higher floors of a new tall...

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Intown checkin the Day Before Departure via Airport Express

One of the most convenient things about the Airport Express is the intown checkin. This service allows you to checkin your bags at Hong Kong or Kowloon stations before you board the train. This can be convenient if you want to avoid the possible hassle of checking in...

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Halal Restaurants in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a significant muslim population and visitors, so it’s easy to find Halal restaurants in Hong Kong. The Islamic Union of Hong maintains a list of eateries which it has certified as Halal – you can see it here. Local food listings website OpenRice also offers a search...

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Turkish Towels: great to travel with

A few weeks ago I received a travel towel to try out from Teresa’s Turkish Towels. They’re a wife and husband expat team who are based in Hong Kong, but the towels are made in Turkey. They’re avid readers of the blog so we’ve met on a few occasions,...

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China Visa Photo Size

The Chinese government recently changed the size requirements for photographs used for visa applications. The new rules are specific: 33 mm wide and 48 mm high Head width of 15 – 22 mm and head height of 28 – 33 mm Space of 3 – 5 mm between...

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Sample Letter of Invitation for China Visa

When applying for a business visa to China you may need to show a letter of invitation from a business contact inviting you to visit. Usually this will be printed on the company letterhead and chopped (stamped) with the inviting company’s seal, as well as signed by the...

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Indulgent new happy hour at Dragon-i

We’ve previously shared happy hours we enjoy in Hong Kong, including good food and drink options at Morton’s and the Four Seasons. A new happy hour is at the luxurious end of the spectrum, compared even to the Four Seasons. Dragon-I, the well known bar and restaurant on...

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Comparing British Airways Economy Class to Cathay Pacific Economy Class

Cathay Pacific and British Airways are the airlines offering multiple direct flights daily between Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Here we compare British Airways’ economy class to the more locally familiar Cathay one. Schedule, Pricing and Booking Cathay offers five flights daily to London Heathrow. It also...

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Join a Junk Trip for Free

You’ve probably seen the iconic red-sailed junk which cruises elegantly around Victoria Harbour. It’s called Aqua Luna (for details on how to sail on it you can read our piece on joining a junk trip). In recent days a junk has been sailing around with sails like Ming...

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Left Luggage in Hong Kong Airport

If you want to leave luggage at Hong Kong airport, there is a left luggage facility situated between terminals one and two. It is clearly signposted. Basically, from the arrivals area, follow the signs to the city buses, and take the last left before you see the doors...