A lovely video introduction to Chai Wan in Hong Kong by Monocle Magazine.
Nine months ago, we launched Paupers Without Travel as a platform to express the joy experienced by our souls every time we touched a place new or familiar, tasted foods known and unknown and discovered deals that would help us fund one more trip without breaking the bank. Did we expect to get a few readers? We’d be lying if we said no. But what we did not anticipate is the warmth, love and support shown by so many of you in liking and commenting on our posts and more importantly, sharing your journeys and experiences.
We were tickled pink when we got an email from WordPress last night telling us that 5,000 people attended the Aspen Food and Wine Festival. This blog had about 32,000 views in 2012. If each view were a foodie, this blog would power 6 festivals….
Ok, so to kick off the New Year, here is a tribute to some of the people we were blessed to see and learn from around the world.
Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil
Hong kong, China
Who? Anyone who wants to get from either Central or Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui across the Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong while simultaneously enjoying a stunning city skyline.
What? The Star Ferry, one of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist attractions and a key commuter service for locals. There is also a Harbor tour service called the “Shining Star” that provides an especially beautiful experience at night against a completely lit up city.
How? The main Star Ferry piers are located at Central and Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon Point). On Monday to Friday, the adult price for the upper deck is $2.50 (Hong Kong Dollars) and the lower deck is $2.oo. Children twelve and under only pay $1.50. On Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays, the adult fee bounces to $3.00 and the children’s fee to $1.80. It is very reasonably priced for quite a memorable ride down one of Hong Kong’s most significant features.
Why? Although the ride is short and sometimes a bit rough, the Star Ferry is the most convenient mode of transport between key regions of Hong Kong and really simulates what it feels like to commute in one of the most incredibly diverse cities on the planet. From people-watching to watching the skyline come to full, roaring life with its million lightbulbs of breathtaking beauty, the ferry allows for a fully immersive experience in Hong Kong lifestyle . You are likely commuting with tons of locals, and what you can pick up about the way of life in the city from their demeanor can be culturally enlightening. Just let loose, and allow the splendor of the Victoria Harbor and the metropolitan charm that surrounds it to swallow you whole. It’s a simple way to see the heart of an awesome city.
To learn more about the Star Ferry, you can visit their website here: