Day 1.  The start of our Asian adventure 

I'm fortunate to be off on my travels again, this time to Hong Kong and Taiwan.  Hopefully a good balance with a week in a firm favourite of Hong Kong followed by our first ever visit to the beautiful island of Taiwan.  We're planning on seeking out some new places to visit in Hong Kong …

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Day 2.  Spending our first day in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok airport is both large and well organised, meaning that reclaiming our luggage and heading out to the bus terminal to catch the City Flyer A11 service to North Point only took a matter of minutes.  Rather than taking the Airport Express train from where we would have had to change …

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Day 3.  Riding Hong Kong’s Peak Tram and Mid Levels Escalators

Despite the 8 hour time difference we slept until our alarm went off at 7.00 a.m.  We couldn't see across the harbour from our window as it was so misty but were hopeful that it would soon clear.  Breakfast followed in the hotel's restaurant - a good selection of fruit, yoghurts, pastries and hot dishes to …

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Day 4.  Kowloon Walled City Park and an afternoon in Stanley

Another misty morning, and an unusual hotel breakfast combination of Chinese dumplings and Scotch pancakes with maple syrup but equally tasty.  Leaving our hotel we called in to the nearby Java Street market, a large indoor wet market over three floors selling fish, meat, fruit vegetables and flowers.  The fish market was the most interesting as …

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Day 5.  A Day in Macau

It was drizzling slightly as we caught a rush hour MTR train from North Point station to Sheung Wan for the ferry to Macau.  On arrival in the ferry terminal we discovered ferries were subject to delays due to dense fog in Macau and we were unable to depart until 10.30 am so we found …

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Day 6.  Aberdeen, Museums and an evening of Horse Racing

A bright, breezy morning and after a leisurely hotel breakfast we wandered across the road to the North Point bus station to take bus no. 38 to Aberdeen, the journey going via the Aberdeen tunnel and taking only 30 minutes.  Aberdeen is located in the south west part of the island and is famous for …

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Day 7.  Visiting the Po Lin Monastery and Tai O Village

A clear morning with no signs of any mist so after breakfast we took the MTR to Tung Chung, located at the end of the Tung Chung line.  Our plan for this morning was to visit NGong Ping to see both the Big Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery. On recent visits I have travelled …

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Day 8.  Cheung Chau and a visit to the Hong Kong Flower Show 

It's hard to believe that it's our last full day in Hong Kong - the days have flown by.  This morning we decided to visit one of the outlying islands so we travelled on the MTR to Central and then walked across the footbridge to Central Pier for the 9.45 am fast ferry to Cheung …

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Day 9.  A fond farewell to Hong Kong and a first visit to Taiwan

It was a bitter sweet feeling needing to pack our suitcases after breakfast, the Ibis Hotel North Point having been a good place to stay and Hong Kong being a much loved destination.  After pulling our luggage along to the step free entrance of the MTR station we rode the metro for the final time this …

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Day 10.  A visit to Yangmingshan National Park and Beitou Hot Springs 

We woke at 7.00 am but struggled to get out of bed for another half an hour.  Fortunately the monsoon shower head invigorated me and we were soon ready to experience our first breakfast in Taipei.  The Green World Grand Nanjing hotel restaurant, located on the 2nd floor was called 'Find the Life Kitchen' and had …

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