CHINA: HONG KONG ON THE CHEAP

THE TIMES Hong Kong has earned a gaudy reputation as a metropolis where consumption is nothing if it’s not conspicuous.  China’s new emperors of bling revel in flashing the Yuan and deliver master classes in glitz.  Fortunately, for a city so obsessed with economic might, it’s still possible for those with more modest monetary means to visit without stir-frying their finances.  This is the way to do the city on a budget without skimping on style. Continue reading

MADEIRA: FROM HIP RELACEMENTS TO HIP HOTELS

GUARDIAN I was warned that Madeira is no place to build sandcastles; but quite how depleted it is of sand still came as a surprise. Its intriguing primordial rawness – a result of ancient volcanic activity – is omnipresent. Toothy mountains tower dramatically above the capital of Funchal, prod clouds and alter the weather patterns on this Atlantic speck. Beaches are pebble-dashed with boulders. Continue reading