A travel enthusiast, Michael Erin, associate consultant and partner with Progressive Management & Associates in Chicago, has been across Europe and Asia on his journeys. Michael Erin visited Hong Kong in 2014. Here are three places not to be missed.
1. Victoria Peak. The best-known attraction in the area, Victoria Peak offers breathtaking views of the cityscape and is the most photographed area in Hong Kong. A seven-minute ride to the top on the world’s steepest tram is an experience not to be missed. It's difficult to say whether a daytime or nighttime view is best.
2. Temple Street Night Market. For those who want to get their adrenaline pumping, this bustling and rowdy marketplace offers lines of food stalls, traditional medicine shops, and even counterfeit goods. This is a true taste of everyday life, away from the tourist traps.
3. Star Ferry. Transporting over 20 million passengers each year, the Star Ferry is a Hong Kong icon, traversing Victoria Harbor since 1888. One of the most scenic boat rides on Earth, it costs the equivalent of a quarter or so to ride on the top deck.
Before his taking on his current position as an associate consultant and partner with Progressive Management & Associates in Chicago, Michael Erin graduated in the top 5 percent of his class at the Virginia Military Institute. Also a world traveler, Michael Erin has visited Shanghai, China.
With a 2015 population of more than 23 million people, Shanghai is China’s largest city and its commercial and financial capital. The name “Shanghai” means “above the sea,” which is fitting given the city’s location at the convergence of Yangtze River with the East China Sea.
Before the 1842 treaty of Nanking, Shanghai was a simple town for fishing and textiles. It wasn’t until the arrival of the British, French, Germans, Russians, and Americans, who began constructing banks, mansions, and trading houses, that Shanghai began to develop its distinct architectural style.
On the banks of the Huangpu, a tributary river of the Yangtze, lies Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, or the Bund, which is home to distinctive Baroque, Romanesque, Classic, Renaissance, and Gothic architecture. One of the most popular areas is the 26 building area of the west Bund, which draws the attention of both locals and foreigners. This famous waterfront district has been the city’s trademark for centuries.
An experienced economic development professional, Michael Erin serves as global initiatives manager at Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. In his leisure time, Michael Erin enjoys traveling. He has visited various international destinations, including Beijing.
Visitors to China experience a unique mix of old-world charm and modern comforts. The country’s capital, Beijing, is one of the most frequented destinations, and home to two highly significant landmarks--the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
Originally built in the 15th century, the Forbidden City is an homage to the Chinese dynasties of old. Throughout its existence, it has been sacked and rebuilt on several occasions. While some of the older remnants remain, a good portion of the current architecture dates to the Qing Dynasty of the 18th century. The 250-acre former palace has more than 9,000 rooms.
In more modern times, Tiananmen Square has been the center of both pride and tragedy for the Chinese. Democratic protests in 1989 were ultimately quelled in the square, and that moment is considered by historians to be one of the most significant in the nation’s history. It’s here that Chairman Mao originally established the People’s Republic of China in 1949 as well. Today, troops perform drills on a regular basis in the square--a place that is still very much indicative of the heart of the city, if not the country.
The vice president of development for the non-profit Economic Club of Las Vegas, Michael Erin promotes the organization's mission of serving as a forum for discussion on topics of global and national economics. In his leisure time, Michael Erin enjoys traveling to countries such as Scotland.
Those traveling to Scotland may wish to consider spending time in Edinburgh. The city offers picturesque cobblestone streets and a castle with abundant opportunity to learn about Edinburgh's The vice president of development for the non-profit Economic Club of Las Vegas, Michael Erin promotes the organization's mission of serving as a forum for discussion on topics of global and national economics. In his leisure time, Michael Erin enjoys traveling to countries such as Scotland.
Those traveling to Scotland may wish to consider spending time in Edinburgh. The city offers picturesque cobblestone streets and a castle with abundant opportunities to learn about local history. The numerous pubs provide some of the best food in Scotland along with a taste of Scottish culture.
Edinburgh boasts several public museums with free admittance, as well as many beautiful parks with views of rivers and lakes. Choosing to walk presents a reasonable option, as the city remains fairly compact, and it leaves freedom to explore various lesser sites, such as the many local parks, on the way to the famous Edinburgh Castle and other popular tourist destinations.
Having been built and rebuilt innumerable times, Edinburgh Castle dates back as far as the twelfth century and is reputed to be among the most attacked locations in the world over the course of its existence.
Michael Erin currently serves as the global initiatives manager for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.