(remember to check through all the mentioned slideshows before
showing the kids.)
Search for “Hong Kong” on Flickr.com and you’ll find an awe-inspiring display of buildings,
buildings and more buildings. The Hong Kong skyline sure is impressive, but there’s much more to Hong Kong than steel and concrete, right? Hugo Poon’s Hong Kong-based photo blog, called “One Day in My Life,” will help you find it.
The Flickr.com slideshow for Taiwan offers its share of buildings, but also of multicolored flowers and multicolored bicycles and smiling school girls wearing multicolored hats. Is Taiwan is more multicolored than Hong Kong? Not at all. But humans seem to be easier for a camera find when it’s not pointing up at a skyline. Taipei-based photographer and intrepid traveler Neil Wade will help you balance the intimate familiarity of “local” with the arms-length perspective of “visitor” in his photography blog.Â
LonelyPlanet.com’s Hong Kong pages reminds us that Hong Kong is much more than
just a mesmerizing megalopolis. Inside and around the skycrapers are people — actual people! — who will help Hong Kong “nudge you out of your comfort zone but usually [reward] you for it.” So, “try the stinky beancurd, sample the shredded jellyfish, brave the hordes at the city centre horseracing and join in the dawn tai chi.” Looking for fun with your kids in Hong Kong? Travelforkids.com’s
Hong Kong page suggests eating dim sum, shopping for Jade in Kowloon and going on a cruise to see the island’s unique pink dolphins.
When people think independent travel most don’t immediately think, “TAIWAN!” Lonley Planet.com’s Taiwan page wants to change that. For example, the guide insists on a visit to Taipei, a city that “has gone from an ugly duckling of Asia to one of the region’s most dynamic, comfortable and liveable cities” by making a series of good decisions, such as building a light rail system to soften traffic congestion and strengthening environmental rules to reclaim local rivers. Curious about Taiwan’s ancient cultures? Visit the Lanyu at the “Pongso No Tao” (“Island of the People”). And, of course, don’t miss windsurfing in Penghu, “the Hawaii of Taiwan.”Â