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Dubai

After three months in southeast Asia we spent a day flying to the other end of the vast continent and into the middle east. Another region where we haven’t spent…

Hong Kong Disneyland

With only two days left in Asia we used our final Monday to travel back to Lantau Island and visit Hong Kong Disneyland. The smallest of the world’s five Magic…

Macau

Just across the Pearl River delta from Hong Kong is the former Portuguese colony of Macau. Now the most profitable gambling destination in the world, the tiny region takes in…

Kowloon

Kowloon is the denser and older part of the city that sits just across the harbor from Hong Kong island. We made it over a few times to check out…

Lantau Island

As soon as Kim found out there was a giant Buddha on the outskirts of Hong Kong we made plans to visit, as oversize religious statues are a staple of…

Hong Kong

We left the relative quiet of Hualien and flew to the historic port city of Hong Kong. Asia’s center of banking and finance, the city of eight million is always…

Taroko National Park, day 2

On our second trip to Taroko we rode the bus to its last stop at Tiansiang (天祥). Located about halfway through the park, Tiansiang is home to a Buddhist monastery, a resort,…

Taroko National Park, day 1

When we first booked flights to Taiwan we knew we wanted to see Taipei, but we also wanted to see some of Taiwan’s natural beauty. A mountain range runs right…

Hualien

After two weeks in Taipei we took a train to the eastern side of Taiwan to visit the smaller city of Hualien and the famous Taroko Gorge in Taroko National…

Around Taipei

Taipei is a bustling city with tiny restaurants, shops, and boutiques every where you look. And we looked in a lot of places. Here’s some of what we saw during our two weeks in town.