katespringer:

My uncle came to visit this past weekend so we took a bit of a roundabout walk/bus/hike up to Hong Kong’s famed Victoria Peak.

We intended to hike up but couldn’t find the right trail. Then we opted for the tram, but the wait was too long. So as a last ditch effort, we tried to find bus No. 15 with some misleading directions from a tram worker. After a dozen confusing conversations with Chinese people, we made it to the top of the mountain two hours later, soaked up the views, had a Chinese lunch, and strolled around the many mountaintop trails.

Definitely blazing through wilderness … just looked at those treacherously paved pathways.

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katespringer:

Wandering around Sheung Wan :)

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday evening we went out to a swanky dinner, because an editor from New York, Steve Snyder, was visiting the office.  Steve runs the website and is also TIME’s go-to film critic. 

Zoher, the head honcho at TIME Asia, got us into a members-only Shangainese restaurant/bar where we tasted everything from duck tongue (yes I tried it!) to bean curd. Though I had a great survey of Chinese delicacies, the spicy bamboo shoots and marinated eggplant were my favorites. 

While we ate, a performer sang Shanghai-style jazz numbers and later, this guy pull out all the stops with his hidden talent. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

I found the Keg in Hong Kong!

I found the Keg in Hong Kong!

Chapter two of our adventure in Thailand!

Getting ready for the Chinese New Year!

We found platform 9 3/4!

We found platform 9 3/4!