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Imagine the bustling streets of New York, then times it by ten. Add a dash of Chinese culture, a wallop of nature and half dozen fish balls that don’t actually contain any fish, and you have the beautiful city that is Hong Kong.
At 7.2 million people, Hong Kong is a dynamic city with an incredible history, towering skyscrapers and a unique mix of English and Chinese that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. While Hong Kong has existed for a millennium, it was officially founded in 1842 to solidify a truce between Great Britain and the Qing dynasty of China during the First Opium War. A decade after the British took control of Hong Kong, the Black Death swept into China, killing hundreds of thousands of people. It would remain part of Hong Kong’s life for a century.
During World War II, Hong Kong was captured by the Japanese. For three years and eight months the British-Chinese culture of the city was destroyed, replaced with Japanese text, language and art. The booming city of 1.6 million people was slashed to only 600,000. Japanese occupation was incredibly harsh for the Hongkongese, being the darkest part of their history. Japan ceased occupation on August 6th, 1945, in response to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For forty-two more years, Hong Kong was controlled by the British, with the reunification between Hong Kong and mainland China finally occurring in 1997.
Although Airbnb has become a traveler's best friend when it comes to inexpensive - or expensive - lodging since 2008, I had never considered using it until my trip to Quebec earlier this year. I'm one of those people who like to spend a lot of money on expensive hotels that I hardly spend any time inside. While I'm not a luxury traveler by any means, I still like comfort. I also like to save money. This is where Airbnb comes in, as it offers a cheap, affordable alternative to a hotel.
Airbnb is a service that transforms everyday houses into bed and breakfasts. These lodgings are run by people who are looking to make some extra money, or who are also traveling and are in need of somebody to take care of their place while they are away. I did some casual browsing online and found some places as cheap as $30 a night, to almost $800 a night. Keep in mind; this can vary from one bedroom in a small house to an entire three-story bungalow.
The idea of renting out a house may seem daunting, but in some cases it would make sense. For example, a friend of mine takes annual trips down to Dallas, Texas, with a dozen of his friends for the FunFunFun Festival. He normally spends a week down there, and they rent out a house for a fairly reasonable rate. Even if it costs $200 a night, they are still saving a fortune compared to the cost of a six hotel rooms for a week.
If you're visiting Alberta this summer, you probably have your heart set on visiting the mountains. After all, places like Lake Louise, Banff, Waterton and now Castle Provincial Park are some of the most beautiful sites in Canada, and they're always a hit on Instagram (if you're into that kind of thing). But, between Regina and the mountains is a whole province with plenty of sights to explore.
Last year I took more trips than I could count to southern Alberta, but most of them ended near Medicine Hat. Had I gone a bit further, I would have found myself in a myriad of attractions to see, from historical museums to sites of natural disasters and just about everything in-between.
For those looking to make a few stops on their way to the Rocky Mountains, or for those who are just looking for an Alberta road trip, here are six attractions you must visit while in southern Alberta.