I first visited China long before travel blogs existed, in 1993, when I toured with a ballet, believe it or not!

Then, I swung through again in 2011 as part of the Ultimate Train Challenge, arriving to Beijing on the Trans-Siberian from Moscow, then taking the world’s fastest train to Beijing, then a whole series of (much slower) trains through China and eventually on to Vietnam.

In 2017 I visited Hong Kong and Macau, both known as SARs (Special Administrative Regions) of China. Hong Kong in particular surprised me with its culture, food, and nature.

Hong Kong: The Good and The Bad.

Hong Kong and Me

From food to feng shui, Hong Kong captured my imagination. Then it captured my wallet with the cost of living and other downsides. Here’s the good and bad!