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Alexander Waggoner

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Member since October 13, 2013


  • Hong Kong is not exactly known for being cheap. The former British colony, perched on the shore of the South China Sea, frequently graces ‘most expensive cities in the world’ lists for its sky-high rents, acres of posh shopping malls, and dazzling displays of wealth (think Rolex shops on every other corner, women clutching Prada bags as they hail taxis, lapdogs in bejewelled collars).

    But despite its glitz, the city still has plenty of bargains – provided you know how to find them. In general, Hong Kong Island itself is the most expensive part of town, while the Kowloon Peninsula across the harbour and the adjoining New Territories are gentler on the wallet.

    The home to dim sum, brisket noodles, huge fluffy pork buns and other delights, Hong Kong abounds in budget eats. Wherever you go, the city has hole-in-the-wall restaurants with lines snaking out the door. Unlike many Asian cities, Hong Kong does not have a huge street food presence these days. But just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there – former street vendors now hawk their bowls of noodles, dumplings and braised chicken feet inside public ‘cooked food centres’. The unadorned concrete-and-tile design of these buildings can look a little forbidding, but they generally have produce, meat and fish markets on their bottom floors, and cooked food on the top.

    When it comes to free things, you can’t beat nature. Those who haven’t visited Hong Kong before are often shocked by how green th...

  • The Corliss Group Travel: BARCELONA TRAVEL GUIDE

    Environment, Environmental Design

    PLAN YOUR BARCELONA VACATION

    Barcelona is a banquet for all the senses, though perhaps mainly for sight. Not far behind are the pleasures of the palate. The air temperature is almost always about right, more and more streets are pedestrianized, and tavern after tavern burrows elegantly into medieval walls. Every now and then the fragrance of the sea in the port or in Barceloneta reminds you that this is, after all, a giant seaport and beach city, with an ancient Mediterranean tradition that is, at the outset of its third millennium, flourishing—and bewitching visitors as it has for centuries. Today new architecture and design—including some of Europe's hottest new fashions in hip boutiques—provide the city with an exciting effervescent edge.

    THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA

    Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

  • Thisss_177_

    The data are in and Hong Kong is victorious: based on 2012 travel patterns (apparently these studies take some time to compile) the HKSAR drew more visitors than any other city in the world. That that, Singapore (3rd) and Bangkok (4th place).

    Now, not to rain on Hong Kong's parade, but the fact that visitors from mainland China counted as "international travelers" does pretty significantly skew the results. The Wall Street Journal blog covered HK's new ranking and they admitted, "to be sure, a large portion of the visits from the mainland to Hong Kong are day-trippers from neighboring Shenzhen looking to stock up on daily necessities, such as milk powder."

    When New York City (ranked 8th) gets "international travelers," they come from, well, other countries. With Hong Kong, it's a bit sketchier.

    This is just fair warning for when Euromonitor (the company who ran this study) publishes its "Top 100 City Destinations" as some kind of hot travel guide, readers should be wary that many of their fellow "international" travelers will be a bunch of Guangdongers running to snag some milk powder, update their Facebook apps, orgive people avian flu.

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  • Exciting new destinations for 2014

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

    Johannesburg - Insight Vacations has released its 2014 Exotics Collection brochure featuring a range of new premium escorted journeys, a brand-new destination, stopovers in the Middle East and a wonderful range of signature hotels, dining and experiences.

    Pieter Beyers, general manager for Insight Vacations, says: “All are thrilling, inspiring and impressive countries, some of the most culturally and historically rich destinations in the world.”

    [Bhutan, the Dragon Kingdom](http://online.wsj.com/community/groups/corliss-group-luxury-travel-agency-2120/topics/corliss-group-luxury-travel-agency-russian ), is a new destination for Insight Vacations this year. This real-life Shangri-La will offer exceptional natural beauty, magnificent fortresses that command the hilltops and prayer flags that flutter in the breeze.

    The citizens all wear national dress, and the country measures its wealth in “gross national happiness”. Equitable social development, cultural preservation, conservation and good governance are the cornerstones and this truly special destination will touch your soul.

    With travel to India about to become easier with new visa regulations and Indian carriers looking to expand into Africa, Insight Vacations has increased the number of itineraries to this mystical country.

    The 11-day Colours of Rajasthan itinerary will see guests enjoying a game safari with an expert naturalist in Ranthambhore National Park.

    Guests will visit Delhi, Agra, Ranthambhore, Jaipu...

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design