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Well over a decade ago, my best friend moved to Hong Kong. With no fear or hesitation, she up and left the United States and took residence in this bustling city in the East. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to visit her chosen city many times; lucky me!

Having her there to show me her city made it feel more as if I was a local traveler seeing things from her perspective. As with other destinations, the first time you go, you feel like a tourist. The second time, everything feels a bit more familiar and you attempt places that are off the beaten path. The third time you want nothing to do with a guidebook, preferring to explore unknown territory and feel as if you’re already a local, and after that… you’re home.

Hong Kong is cosmopolitan. Amidst a homogenous population, political turmoil, and a thriving expat community – Hong Kong excites, ignites, and is abuzz with a blend of worlds both old and new. Within two days of arriving you’ll be planning your return. The aromas of noodles of all kinds draw you in. Lane after lane and escalator level after escalator level finds you winding your way through streets and alleyways filled with trinkets aplenty and taste sensations galore.

English is a national language, public transportation is fully accessible and easy to understand, and the people are friendly. Hong Kong is filled with delicious cuisine from market stalls to five star restaurants and the city radiates culture, tradition, and technology at every turn. Spend time on Hong Kong Island or hop across to one of the many smaller islands. Jump on a train to main land China for the day, or hop a ferry across to Macau. All of your senses awaken in the sights, sounds and smells of Hong Kong’s metropolis.

Places to Visit

There are city adventures large and small, island hopping excursions that find you afloat on a traditional junk or the well-known Star Ferry, trails that wind their way to the very top of the highest peak, and cultural gems hidden amongst the forests and amidst the streets. Whether foodie or forager, hiker or happy hour hopper, summer seeker or winter wanderer – Hong Kong is always calling.

Here are some of my favorite things to do in Hong Kong:

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You, my friend, are lucky. Why? Not only because you’re clearly planning for a grand adventure in China (one of the world’s most interesting and rapidly developing countries), but also because you’re on the right side of sweat-wicking technology’s prevalence in our everyday lives.


The seasons are drastic across China, and a wise traveler knows to be prepared for any curve ball (or snowfall) mother nature throws their way. It doesn’t take a modern-day Confucius to figure out what to pack for China. Here’s everything you need to know to start the adventure from the moment you begin to pack your bags.

The Regions of China

China is anything but small. Shaped like a rooster, China’s beak to its tail feathers traverse over 13,000 miles of varied terrain and climates. Generally speaking, the north experiences four extreme seasons — cold and dry in the winter, hot and humid in the summer, with a nice reprieve for springtime and autumn. China’s south, with a subtropical climate, experiences mild winters and muggy summers. Inland or western China, such as Tibet and the Xinjiang plateau, experience much lower temperatures year round (due in large part to its dramatic mountain landscape and elevation).

From tropical to alpine, if your plan is to set foot in multiple regions of China, it is important that you pack for a variety of extremely diverse climates. We’d hate for you to show up at the Harbin ice festival with only one pair of flimsy flip flops after your cruise down the Yangtze River.

This packing list has you covered through every season and region of China. Feel free to click through to the section that applies to your trip, specifically.

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Seattle tops my list of favorite cities in the world. Obsessed with good beer, coffee, music, and epic outdoor adventures, it’s a city that captured my heart with its effortless cool in the year that I lived there. Unlike New York or San Francisco, Seattle isn’t obviously hip — which adds to the appeal.

However, there is one downside to Seattle: The rain. While it does rain often in Seattle, the summer months are the exception. From June to August, the weather is typically a sunny, 70-80 degrees with 14-15 hours per day of daylight. Throw a temperate rainforest or mountain full of wildflowers in there, and the Seattle area is pretty much the perfect place to be in the summertime.

That said, there’s still a lot to enjoy about Seattle at any time of the year. So whether you’re heading to Washington State in January or June, here’s what to pack for Seattle:

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