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

VIETNAM: RED FLAGS AND PINK SUNSETS

DAILY MAIL An ethereal, ghostly mist shrouds Hanoi before sun-up and the city’s early morning traffic is nothing but a quiet hum.  Yet there’s more life on the street than you might expect at this ungodly hour.  Dozens of locals gather beside the shores of West Lake in the Tay Ho area to gently practise tai chi and insomniac fishermen wobble precariously on stepping stones as they cast their lines into the grey waters. Continue reading