I had no doubts with what place to start the series of articles about Hong Kong. It definitely must be about the Victoria Peak! This place is considered to be the major tourist attraction of Hong Kong.
Victoria Peak is the highest mountain on the island with an altitude of 552 meters. It offers breathtaking views of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and its harbours. Not many people know that famous actor Jackie Chan was born in Victoria Peak!
View from the Victoria Peak (C) blog.alexipatov.com
This June I spent over 10 days in Hong Kong & Macau, two special administrative regions of China. I’ve already posted an article on my bungy jump from Macau Tower, more posts about Macau to come. I spent only one night in Macau and the rest of my time belonged to Hong Kong, so most pictures and impressions are from there.
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It would be silly to try to cover all information about Hong Kong in one post, so naturally I decided to divide it into multiple articles. Here are some places which will be covered in coming posts : Victoria Peak, Kowloon, Discovery Bay, Ocean Park, visit to the Buddha statue in Lantau Island, Hong Kong Island, Ngong Ping 360 and others.
The Big Buddha in Lantau Island (C) blog.alexipatov.com
Here is the short informatical insight from Wikipedia in Hong Kong :
Hong Kong is situated on China’s south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is known for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. With a land mass of 1,104 km2 and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Hong Kong’s population is 93.6% ethnic Chinese and 6.4% from other groups.
Nathan Road, Kowloon (C) blog.alexipatov.com
Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the First Opium War (1839–42). Originally confined to Hong Kong Island, the colony’s boundaries were extended in stages to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 and then the New Territories in 1898. It was occupied by Japan during the Pacific War (1941–45), after which the British resumed control until 1997, when China resumed sovereignty.
Three days ago I made the craziest thing in my life : I jumped from the world’s highest bungy jump platform of 233 meters! It is called the Macau Tower. Macau is one of the two administrative regions of China and in next posts I will be sharing stories and pictures from it. Also many posts about Hong Kong (just 60 km away from Macau) are coming.
Here there are some photos of Macau Tower, how it looks from outside :
The cost of one bungy jump is about $400, but it is worth of it, because :
Macau Tower is the highest bungy jump in the world ;
It is safe : about 9-10 people are working during one jump (three guys up, two guys controlling the cable, two guys down and two guys recording the video)
Apart from the jump you get T-shirt (jumper’s collection) + certificate which proves you really did it + USB with video & photos in high resolution.
In this article I will continue describing Mallorca. Today is time for capital of the island, Palma de Mallorca. The previous article was about the major holiday resort Magaluf.
Palma de Mallorca is the major city and port on the island of Mallorca and capital city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. Its airport, Son Sant Joan, serves over 22 million passengers each year. The major touristic attraction is La Seu,also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma :
It is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral, built on the site of a pre-existing Arab mosque. It is 121 metres long, 55 metres wide and its nave is 44 metres tall. Designed in the Catalan Gothic style but with Northern European influences, it was begun by King James I of Aragon in 1229 but finished only in 1601. It sits within the old city of Palma atop the former citadel of the Roman city, between the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the episcopal palace. It also overlooks the Parc de la Mar and the Mediterranean Sea.
Another famous historical place is Royal Palace of La Almudaina :
In October, 2012 , I had a trip to Mallorca, a beautiful island and famous resort, which is located in the Mediterranean Sea and belongs to Spain.
Before I share other photos and videos from that amazing place, here is a short information about the island :
Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago, in Spain. The capital of the island is Palma, is also a capital the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. In former times Mallorca was occupied by the Romans, Gunderic,Vandals, Byzantine Empire and Arabs. Nowadays this is one of the most famous resorts in the world. Many artists (Michael Douglas, Claudia Schiffer, etc) and academics choose to visit and live on the island. In 2010 over 6 million tourists visited Mallorca.
Area : 3,640.11 km²
Population is about 870,000 ( as of 1 January ,2010)
Official languages : Mallorcan ( similar to Catalan language) and Spanish.
Largest city : Palma (pop. 404,681)
Interesting fact : Rafael Nadal was born and currently resides in Mallorca.
During my trip to Mallorca, I was residing in Magaluf, the major holiday resort of the island. However, one full day I dedicated to visiting Palma, the capital of Mallorca. The pictures of this article will cover Magaluf and the next post will deal exclusively with Palma de Mallorca.
Hi, I spent more than two weeks this March in Barcelona, so would like to share with you some pictures from this amazing city. It was my NN trip to the Catalan capital, but nevertheless it was that enjoyable as the first time I came there in 2007. In this article you can find pictures from La Rambla, Plaça Catalunya, Port Vell, enjoy views of Gaudi’s buildings and get a short insight into the Catalan life. The photos from Camp Nou are in other article : Click.
In this post I would like to share some of my philosophical thoughts. Can chess be applied to the real world? I’m sure, that yes! In my opinion, the most important benefits of playing chess are the following :
1) Thinking Big. This benefit should not be underestimated!
«I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.»
2). Evaluating life situations properly. Who you are now, what are your limits for now,etc.
3). Logic skills.
4). Planning. Chess helps to evaluate life situations, create a plan and follow it till you achieve your goal.
5). Risk management. Chess players usually won’t invest their money into dubious sources or run a risky business. ( see benefit 2).
6). Making better decisions under time limitation.
All those principles are ranked accordingly to my personal experience and life understanding.
In the 5th round of the Turkish National Chess Championship 2013 I managed to win a really interesting pawn ending. You can find below some of my annotations.
My opponent had thought it would be an easy draw by tranposing to pawn ending so he played 39. Bxg7?? , that was already a decisive mistake. White should have gone for 39.Re4 with an equal game. The game continued : 39…Rxg4 40.hxg4 Kxg7 ( see diagram)
With fan of Barça from Turkey. He was quite surprised when I asked him question in Turkish
Huh, came home just one hour ago. It was something! I was happy to be at Camp Nou tonight. If somebody is not aware, the Champions League match between FC Barcelona and AC Milan was played there. In the first match, the Italian club took over Barça with 2-0 score so Catalans at home had to score at least twice to move match to the over time. And in case if Milan scored 1 goal, Barcelona should have scored 4 goals! That was a lot of excitement before,during and after the match. I’ve managed to take plenty of photos and videos so am glad to share them with you! Let’s fun begin!
The following photo is not mine but I’m pasting it just to show you atmosphere which was on Camp Nou tonight :
Hey guys, finally got some time to post a new article Last two posts were about my perfomances in Antalya and Moscow . After showing a good perfomance in Moscow, my European trip continued by travelling to Iceland, this awesome country where I’ve been already for second time! Don’t miss opportunity to check a report from my last year’s trip to Iceland.
This year tournament got a much stronger participation comparing to the previous edition. You can check full list of participants here. I was seeded 21st while prize fund consisted of just 10 prizes so my main aim before the tournament was to show good chess and win some rating points. I find my participation as quite acceptable as I managed to win 4 points of ELO and finish on the 15th place, the higher one than I was seeded.
I arrived to Iceland from Moscow via Stockholm one day before the tournament, at night of February, 18th. When I entered the room at 01.40 am, my roommate was sleeping but I was so noisy that he woke up :O But I was glad to have such a kind roommate, he was GM Dragan Solak, the reigning Turkish Chess Champion and really cool guy! Besides of us two, other two Turkish players GM Barış Esen and Mustafa Yılmaz came to play. I think, our team has done quiet well in the tournament. It has been a nice preparation before the EICC in May 2013.
You can see results of Turkish chess players in the Reykjavik Chess Open 2013 : here
Now a few words about the Reykjavik Chess Open 2013 itself.