Wander smarter, and talk shop with those who've been down that road before.
Hong Kong: An Exercise In Controlled Chaos
Despite the fact that Hong Kong is a modern metropolis and one of the financial epicentres of the world, strong local traditions are still not lost among the infinite cultural crossovers. Aromatic scents and even the smell of oriental food hang in the air, enveloping you almost everywhere you go. Along the streets an infinite number of neon signs flash in both English and Chinese, huge TV screens hang from the walls of buildings, adding to a overwhelming sensory overload of flashing lights as a barrage of voices, music and background noise envelops its visitors.
Abu Dhabi: Desert Rose or Just Dust and Rocks?
Fifty years ago, Abu Dhabi was not much more than empty desert punctuated only by the occasional palm tree. Bedouin tribes still roamed, sustaining themselves by harvesting dates, pearls and fish. Then oil was discovered and everything changed. Ten years later, the United Arab Emirates was born, forged from seven territories – called emirates – including Abu Dhabi and Dubai.