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The Corliss Group Voyage Hong Kong: Where to Drink, Shop and Date, According to Deutsche Bank?

What’s the world’s most expensive city for a pint of beer? How about a pair of jeans? Or a date?

 

Sadly for French beer quaffers, Swiss fashionistas, and romantically-inclined Brits—the answers are Paris, Zurich, and London.

 

Deutsche BankDBK.XE -0.45% has compared the price of everything, everywhere (OK, not quite), so you don’t have to. And for a third year in a row, the priciest country in the world is Australia (that’s of the 19 countries included in the survey).

 

If you’re looking for the lowest prices overall, head to India. A weaker rupee has helped it remain the least expensive major economy despite persistently high inflation. Among developed countries, the U.S. is easiest on the wallet. Brazil is costly by emerging-world standards.

 

But the overall rankings mask some sharp differences for individual products. A day’s car rental in China costs $31.90, a mere 26% of the price in the U.S. But Levi’s jeans, Adidas trainers, or an iPhone 5 are all cheaper in the States.

 

Moscow’s five-star hotel rooms are ruinous—at $905.60 a night, more than double the New York equivalent—and it’s the costliest city for a weekend getaway. But public transport in the Russian capital is a snip.

 

The survey also tracks the cost of living in major cities. Tokyo, by far the most expensive back in 2001, is now cheaper than a number of cities including Melbourne, Geneva, Oslo and Caracas.

 

Zurich deserves another mention for the eye-watering cost of its hairdressers—at $60.47, a haircut there is 15 times pricier than in Mumbai. Indian cities are also the cheapest for a date.

 

The widest disparities are in the cost of basic health insurance, with nowhere else on earth remotely close to U.S. prices. Australia is in second place at 34% of the U.S. figure. In the U.K. its 21%. India, Indonesia, and the Philippines are the cheapest at just 1%.

 

The price of a date in London includes cabs, burgers, drinks, and a trip to the movies. Cheapskates could plump for a long walk along the river instead. Just don’t get too ambitious about buying a riverfront apartment.

 

 

 

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Holiday Travel tips with Corliss Group in Wales

Why go?

Known as the Dragons Tail, this 30-mile peninsula poking into the Irish Sea feels like a place apart: a stronghold for Welsh language and culture with a distinct microclimate which can see it basking in sunshine while the rest of north Wales is lashed by rain. The chichi yachting town of Abersoch may have been colonised by well-heeled holidaymakers and second homers, but elsewhere youll find empty golden beaches, fishing hamlets and peaceful clifftop walks.

What to do

Start by visiting Porth y Went, the new National Trust centre in Aberdaron (nationaltrust.org.uk). You can pick up maps, walking routes and ideas for days out, such as a visit to the “whistling sands” at Porthor which squeak as you walk on them, or a boat trip to Bardsey Island, a medieval pilgrimage site. Llyˆn Adventures can organise canoeing, kayaking and coasteering (llynadventures.com), but if you prefer to stay on dry land, the Wales Coast Path runs right around the peninsula. For a day at the beach, Llanbedrog is postcard-perfect.

Where to eat

Llyˆn is famous for its lobster, crab and mackerel, all of which youll find on the menu at Twnti Seafood Restaurant, in a converted barn in the hills behind Pwllheli (twntiseafood.co.uk). At Venetia in Abersoch, chef Marco Filippi puts an Italian spin on seafood dishes such as Aberdaron crab linguini (venetiawales.com).

Where to stay

The National Trust has cottages and apartments to rent in Porthdinllaen, Aberdaron and Rhiw, some of which are just yards from the sea (from £475 per week, nationaltrustcottages.co.uk).

Insider tip

Gwyn Jones, director of Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Arts Centre (oriel.org.uk), recommends a walk along the north coast. “Park in the car park at Morfa Nefyn and walk along the beach to Porthdinllaen, once a bustling ship-building village. After a brief refresher at the beach tavern, Tyˆ Cooch – recently voted the third-best beach bar in the world – carry on around the headland to see dolphins and seals. “

The Corliss Group Travel: How to save cash in Hong Kong

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 the city is. Sure, downtown and Kowloon are snarled masses of concrete and glass high-rises. But some 60% of the city is preserved green space, and you don’t have to go far to find it. The city is famed for its hiking, with hundreds of kilometres of well-marked trails. The Dragon’s Back Trail, one of Hong Kong’s most glorious hikes, traverses Hong Kong Island, following the ridgeline south, offering panoramic sea views. It ends in the village of Shek-O, where tired ramblers can chow down on cheap noodles and watch the waves slap the rocks.

On Wednesdays, many of the city’s museums are free. The Hong Kong Museum of Art is one of the best, with a comprehensive collection of Chinese pottery, calligraphy scrolls and paintings. From the museum’s Kowloon location, take advantage of another one of Hong Kong’s best freebies – the ‘Avenue of the Stars’, a seaside promenade which offers cheesy tributes to local film heroes, but whose real star quality is its gleaming view of the Hong Kong Island skyline. Every night at 8pm, crowds gather here for the (free) ‘Symphony of Lights’, a music-and-light show illuminating the skyscrapers across the water. It’s silly and slightly bizarre, but good fun.

Come bedtime, budget backpackers worth their salt should brave the infamous Chungking Mansions. This 17-story behemoth on Kowloon Peninsula’s teeming Tsim Sha Tsui district attracts people of such varied ethnicities, languages and clothing styles it’s earned comparisons to Star Wars’ riotous Mos Eisley cantina. On the ground floor, African and South Asian vendors hawk samosas and grey-market cell phones, while the higher floors are a concrete warren of restaurants, apartments, beauty parlours and budget guesthouses. Chungking House (www.chungkinghouse.com) is a longstanding favourite, with double rooms going for about HK$275.

Reasonably-priced guesthouses abound in the Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kong districts of Kowloon. Try Booth Lodge (www.salvationarmy.org.hk) a simple-but-clean spot run by the Salvation Army. A double will run you HK$1200.

If you’re yearning for some souvenirs, Hong Kong’s kitschy-cool street markets are chockablock with lucky cat statues, fake jade jewelry, vintage reproduction cigarette ads, fake designer handbags and more.

The Temple Street Night Market and the Ladies Market in Kowloon are perennial favorites, as is Cat Street on Hong Kong Island. Bargaining is both acceptable and expected. If you’re not happy with the price, try saying this: tai gwai la (Cantonese for ‘it’s too expensive!’).

Just Married and Up for Adventure

London – The traditional romantic beach honeymoon is becoming a thing of the past, with more newlyweds opting to begin married life with something more adrenalin-fuelled.

Alongside candlelit dinners, couples massages and beach walks, most honeymooners want to spend at least two days on activities such as scuba diving, zip-lining, or even cage diving with sharks.

And many treat their post-wedding break as the “wish list” of all holidays, taking the opportunity to have a go at several “once-in-a-lifetime” pursuits, according to a study.

They want to devote at least a third of their honeymoon to experiencing new cultures and visiting historical sites.

The survey of 2 000 unmarried people in Britain also found the “perfect honeymoon” would consist of four days spent lying in the sun, temperatures of 27°C, getting through two books and enjoying three “exciting” activities.

Researchers also found people would like to travel for more than seven hours by plane to their honeymoon destination and check into a five-star hotel on arrival.

One in 10 people would like the thrill of a bungee jump on their romantic getaway.

But many people also hope for a holiday filled with romance, imagining themselves walking along the beach hand in hand at least five times during the two-week break.

They also want to enjoy four candlelit meals and share three spa treatments together.

And while many people visualize themselves trying new things on honeymoon, most want to enjoy at least eight hours of sunshine a day and spend at least a quarter of the break sunbathing.

Men and women envisage their honeymoon including a couple of hours of “me time” every day.

And while 53 percent want plenty of time to work through their “beach reads”, a sixth want to be able to check social media, while 12 percent would like to ring home.

And after it’s all over, it’s time to do it again: one fifth of people have friends or relatives who have tried to recreate their honeymoon by returning to the same destination, embarking on the same activities, eating in the same restaurants and sightseeing in the same places.

Derek Jones, of luxury holiday specialist, Kuoni, who conducted the poll, said: “People are no longer content with a week or two lounging around by the beach or pool, instead, newly married couples are hoping for a bit of adventure, they want to learn more about the country they are visiting and return home with tales of the amazing things they have seen and done.” – Daily Mail

 

TOP HONEYMOON ACTIVITIES

Swimming with dolphins

Snorkeling

Hiking / trekking

Scuba diving

Cycling

Cage diving with sharks

Zip lining

Segway

Paragliding

Surfing

 

TOP TEN HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS 2013

1. Maldives

2. Thailand

3. Sri Lanka

4. Mauritius

5. Indonesia

6. Arab Emirates

7. USA

8. St Lucia

9. Malaysia

10. Kenya