Author: Christopher R.

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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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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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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...

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Travelling Between Hong Kong and North Korea

North Korea definitely isn’t a travel destination for everyone, but some tourists find it an interesting destination. It is relatively popular amongst visitors from Hong Kong, with several travel agents in the city organising trips there.

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Taking the Ferry between Tuen Mun and Tung Chung

There is a ferry service connecting Tuen Mun to Tung Chung on Lantau Island. In theory this could be convenient for people heading to the airport from Tuen Mun, but in practice it isn’t. The service headway is infrequent and at both ends the piers are not in...

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China Visa Rules Change Again: Bring Your Old Passport

China’s visa rules change often and sometimes unpredictably. Recently a new policy has been introduced which requires visa applicants applying on passports issued from January 2015 onwards to show their old passport at the time of application for a visa. This applies regardless of whether you had any...

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Cotai Water Jet Discounts

The Cotai Water Jet is one of the ferries between Hong Kong and Macau. We reviewed it here. As of 1 June it has relocated to the new Taipa Ferry Terminal near Macau airport on Taipa Island. Cotai sometimes offer discounts for airline passengers like this one. Now...

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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...