Uniquely Far East

Macau’s Historic Treats

January 20, 2011  

Macau’s Historic Treats

Macau is a city with two faces. On one hand, it is the famed Las Vegas of the East, where the thrill of beating the dealer at the blackjack table lures wealthy tourists from mainland China and neighboring Hong Kong to try their luck. But on the other hand, there is a side of Macau rarely explored. A side filled with charismatic fortresses, churches and culture of its former colonial master, Portugal. One such site is The Historic Centre of Macau, which spans eight historic... [Read more of this review]

Korean Festival Showcase

September 4, 2010  

Korean Festival Showcase

The Land of Ginseng is one that thoroughly understands the importance of preserving its rich history and culture. As such, numerous festivals are held throughout Korea each year to showcase the beauty of the country and to foster an understanding of its rich history and culture. Some of these festivals have become tourists attractions on their own, and are definitely worth planning your trip around. Photo credit - Stinki Pinkie Infinity Boryeong Mud Festival July,... [Read more of this review]

Macau’s Luxe Tables

August 27, 2010  

Macau’s Luxe Tables

There’s more to the Las Vegas of the East than the thrill of beating the dealer at blackjack, or the sound of the coins falling out as you hit the jackpot. This Southern Chinese city is home to a handful of world class restaurants ready to whet your appetite. For a trip of gastronomic indulgence, be sure to check the following top tables in Macau. MacauSoul This informal bar and restaurant is run by a British expatriates couple who embraced the Macanese lifestyle.... [Read more of this review]

Six Great Hikes on HK Island

July 7, 2010  

Six Great Hikes on HK Island

I know it sounds crazy, but the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong is actually a great backdrop for hiking. Hong Kong Island has lots of hills and trails, and if you’re ready to walk off last night’s round of drinks and dim sum, then check out any of these excellent hiking trails. Photo credit – Rob Young Wisdom Path This is one of my personal favourites. It’s a trail on Lantau Island (so not technically on HK Island, but close enough), which starts just behind... [Read more of this review]

Historic Duolun Road, Shanghai

June 18, 2010  

Historic Duolun Road, Shanghai

If places like Taikang Lu and Xintiandi are a contemporary and historical melting pot of Shanghai-ness, then Duolun Road is its timeline. When 50 Moganshan was still nothing more than a textile factory, some of the most radical and freethinking writers of their time were chilling out on Duolun Rd. It started with Lu Xun, China’s most celebrated literary son, who moved in to the area in the 1930s. Others, like Guo Moruo, Mao Dun and Ding Ling followed. Before long,... [Read more of this review]

50 Moganshan, Shanghai’s Art District

June 17, 2010  

50 Moganshan, Shanghai’s Art District

Less than 10 years old, 50 Moganshan Road, or M50 as it’s often referred to, is nothing if not modern. An old warehouse district from the 1930s, the buildings at 50 Moganshan Rd. once housed factories that made silk and calico. Up until 2000, when Shanghai art legend Xue Song moved his workroom into one of the restored spaces there, 50 Moganshan was essentially dead. Shanghai’s Art District Now, looking toward its 10-year anniversary, 50 Moganshan is the hottest... [Read more of this review]

Japan Budget Travel

June 7, 2010  

Japan Budget Travel

The oriental charms of Japan is one that is often expensive and pricy. The recent Cost of Living Survey listed Tokyo and Osaka as the top two most expensive cities to live in the world, but budget travelers need not fret. There are still ways to experience Japan on a budget, here’s some tips to extend your dollar. Photo credit - Comedy Nose Plan Ahead You can minimize your travel expenses if you plan ahead and take advantage of the rail passes and cheap internal flights... [Read more of this review]

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