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Trip : Bruce Peck Adventures
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Domestic Helpers in Hong Kong

  Taken at Hong Kong airport immigration, the sign identifies a lane only for "domestic helpers." In Hong Kong “domestic helpers”, as they’re called, make up 3% of the population. Over 90% are from Indonesia or The Philippines.  As I understand it from friends who live in Hong Kong, these workers live with their employers and perform jobs like child-minding,... Read More

Off To The Races @ Happy Valley

A Wednesday night in Hong Kong saw us at Happy Valley racetrack. The track is lit by floodlights and is smack-dab in the middle of the city, on an island where space is at a premium. The setting is incredible and makes for an amazing backdrop to an evening. On one side of the track sits a massive four-story grandstand that holds 80,000 people and on the other side are tons of sky-scrapers... Read More

Mooncakes, Mooncakes Everywhere

The mid-autumn festival is one of the most important annual Chinese festivals and we were in Shanghai for the event. Our guidebook told us that it was an ancient festival to celebrate, worship and watch the moon. A romantic night too, we were told, for couples. And mooncakes are an integral part of the day. Kind of like mince pies for Christmas in the U.K. or turkey on Thanksgiving... Read More

Mmm… Peasant Flesh

Stumbling through the language barriers in China has been a little more challenging than most of the countries we’ve been to on this adventure. Fewer people speak English or have English menus. Which hasn’t been too much of a problem. But it has been surprising to us that few places in China have picture menus compared to all the other countries we’ve been to.... Read More

Yangzi “Cruise”

We usually share just the highlights of our trip with you, we try to spare you the bad, the boring and the mundane. But occasionally, an experience comes along that’s bad enough that it’s worth writing home about. The guide book says one of the top things to do China is to cruise down the Yangzi river on a boat. It said something similar about Ha Long Bay, so we didn’t... Read More