Poho Poho and Tai Ping Shan Street
A tucked away neighbourhood filled with chic design stores, artisanal bakeries, and trendy cafés, the neighbourhood of Poho – surrounding Po Hing Fong and Blake Gardens – is redefining Hong Kong’s culturally vibrant Sheung Wan area. With the galleries of nearby Tai Ping Shan Street just a stone’s throw away, a visit here offers new discoveries at every turn.
Take A Hike Tai Long Wan
Outside of the city’s hustle and bustle, Hong Kong offers truly breathtaking natural wonders and awe-inspiring scenery. Journey to Sai Kung Country Park and embark on a hike to Hong Kong’s stunning outer reaches including Tai Long Wan, a bay on the east coast of the Sai Kung Peninsula which offers rolling mountains and white sand beaches. In total, four beaches can be found in along the coast – Sai Wan (West Bay), Ham Tin Wan, Tai Wan (Big Bay) and Tung Wan (East Bay).
The Future of Art Art Basel
The launch of Art Basel puts Hong Kong on the international art scene map. With over half of the fair’s participating galleries coming from Asia and Asia-Pacific, it transformed the way aficionados from around the world see art from this region while giving international galleries a platform within Asia.
A Glittering Home to Asian Culture The Asia Society Hong Kong Centre
The Asia Society Hong Kong Centre is an architecturally groundbreaking complex built on the site of a former munitions magazine. The Centre provides a platform for discussing Pan-Asian subjects and the impact of global concerns on Asia, while hosting close to 100 programmes a year – 97% of which are open to the public. On-site restaurant and bar, AMMO, pays homage to the building's unique roots.
Take The Scenic Route The Star Ferry
Travel back in time with a nostalgic journey on Hong Kong’s famed Star Ferry. For just HK$2, it’s a romantic experience not to be missed, as well as a convenient and pleasant way to travel from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central Pier. The top deck is the way to go to ensure the best views and a refreshing sea breeze. Victoria Harbour's other ferries include the 15-minute boat ride from Sai Wan Ho to Kwun Tong, which boasts one of the most spectacular and unusual views of the Harbour.
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By Ms Rainy Chan - Regional Vice President, The Peninsula Hotels and General Manager, The Peninsula Hong Kong
I love visiting Cat Street (Upper Lascar Row) on Hong Kong Island for its well-known antiques market and seeking out interesting pieces dating from the 1930s. Located just below Hollywood Road, near the Man Mo Temple, discover exquisite objects and art pieces recovered from almost every Chinese dynasty, as well as magnificent reproductions. Here you can find antique cameras, vintage posters, old clocks, vinyl and shellac records, radios, dusty old coins and other intriguing trinkets – all of which were part of ordinary life 80 or 90 years ago.
I often combine a trip to Cat Street with a visit to the Man Mo Temple. In the early days of Hong Kong, there were no temples in Sheung Wan, but the incoming Chinese population petitioned the new British administration to grant land to build a temple and the Man Mo Temple site was established.
The inside of the temple is magnificent, full of incense coils offered by merchants and residents, as well as gilded sedan chairs used to carry the statues of the gods through the streets to drive out the demons of disease. The Temple’s old Meeting Hall is home to fortune tellers and sellers of good luck tokens. The Man Mo Temple is truly redolent of the past and has played a significant role in Chinese ritual and religion in Hong Kong for over 160 years.
By Mr Florian Trento - Group Executive Chef
There is something magical about a truly fine motor vehicle - the immaculate paintwork, the sleek interiors, the power, the authority, the masculinity and the purring of the engine. My passion is my Harley-Davidson. On the occasional Sunday morning I drive it, polished and in perfect condition, out to the New Territories to northern end of Bride’s Pool Road near Sha Tau Kok where, at about 8:00 am, members of the Lamborghini Club, the Ferrari Club, the Porsche Club, and the Harley Owners Group (HOG) converge. Each parks their vehicle along the road, before walking up and down to admire the other vehicles on show. There’s nothing quite like it!
Nearby there are a number of open-sided sheds at the public light bus terminus which function as cheap local restaurants. Having viewed the motors on display, there’s a great deal of satisfaction from sitting there for an hour or so, with a coffee and a simple egg sandwich or a bowl of noodles, just watching the world go by – greeting friends as they arrive, watching groups of mountain walkers, or a gaggle of village women waiting for the bus to take them to market, or just watching the local dogs quarrel and protect their territory.
By Ms Susanna Cheng - Senior Waitress
Leung Yeuk Tau in the northern New Territories is the ancestral home of the senior branch of the Tang Clan. The Tangs originally settled in the 11th Century in Kam Tin, and became famous for producing many scholars, including one family member who became a Government official in the 12th Century. His son was lucky enough to marry a Princess of the Sung dynasty royal house, and it was the eldest son of the her Imperial Princess and husband who settled in Lung Yeuk Tau during the 13th Century, where his descendants live to this day.
Today, they occupy five walled and six unwalled villages in the Lung Yeuk Tau village area. Lung Yeuk Tau boasts a large number of fine historical buildings, including the walls and gatehouses of the villages, the iron gates of Ma Wat Wai, the village temple dedicated to the Lady Tin Hau, with a side altar dedicated to the Goddess of Childbirth, who is said to bring sons to childless women, and the famous Ancestral Hall which houses the only remaining Imperial tablet in Hong Kong.
Many of these historical buildings have been carefully restored by the Government and are now preserved monuments under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance. They have been grouped together to form a historical trail, which is easy to reach and the best way to gain a deeper understanding of the history of this fascinating clan.
By Mr Nico Liu - Senior Security Officer
When I was a boy, I would go every Saturday with my grandfather to the Bird Market in Mong Kok. At that time, the market was on Hong Lok Street, a side-lane off Argyle Street, but urban development has since seen that street demolished and the Bird Market was subsequently relocated to Yuen Po Street where it still stands today.
Every Saturday, my grandfather would take his birds out in their cages, as Chinese people believe that caged birds need fresh air and the company of other birds to stay healthy. He would go to a park to meet his friends, and they would hang their cages near each other in the branches of the tress, where the birds would chirp incessantly while the old men would chat and admire each other’s feathered friends and their beautifully carved cages. The bird cages, carved from teak or bamboo with beautiful porcelain feeding pots were works of art in themselves. They weren’t cheap either, as bird fanciers would often save their hard-earned cash for months, to buy a cage worthy of their prized birds.
My grandfather had three birds, two White-Eyes and a Goldthread. The White-Eyes were my favourite as their feathers were so smooth, their movement so vigorous, and their calls so cheerful. Most Chinese people prefer small birds, but there are also larger birds on sale at the Bird Market, including parrots of varying sizes and colours.
I still enjoy an occasional trip to the Bird Market, which stretches for about 100 metres and is lined with over 70 stalls selling birds, birdcages, food, and everything you need to care for birds. It is truly a fascinating place to visit and perhaps when I am old and retired, I will be able to keep a couple of birds and take them out with my grandson.