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Rory Boland

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Off the beaten track in Hong Kong

Saturday May 31, 2014

Star ferry? Check. Skyscrapers? Check. Victoria Harbour? Check. If your Hong Kong to do list is starting to run a little low it might be time to get a little further off the beaten track.

Whether it's the hidden building designed by IM Pei or getting up close and personal with the dolphins, Hong Kong has plenty of sights, attractions and things to do that don't turn up in your average guide book.

Read our Hong Kong off the beaten track guide for the top five.

Take the tram tour

Saturday May 31, 2014

The city's best loved public transport is also a fantastic way get to know the city. Cutting a rug through the very centre of the city, right along the north shore of Hong Kong Island, the tram gives you access to Central, Causeway Bay and Wan Chai - to name just the headline neighbourhoods.

The double decker trams give you a bird's eye view of the best part of Hong Kong - the streets. From fine colonial architecture and creaking temples to street markets bristling with products and people it's an unrivalled way to explore the city.

Read our Hong Kong tram tour for a run through the stops along the way.

Meet the locals at Kadoorie

Saturday May 31, 2014

The best place to get to know the local wildlife, Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Gardens are a haven for flora and fauna high up in the New Territories.

The paths and trails that wind through the park let you see hundreds of birds, dozens of butterflies and even the odd snake or two. Beyond the nature trails there is also a deer enclosure and a small lake that's home to plenty of flamingos.

Check out our Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Gardens guide to find out more.


The best of Admiralty

Saturday May 31, 2014

Squashed in between Central and Wan Chai, Admiralty may be one of Hong Kong's smallest districts but it's also one of its most important. Originally home to the British navy and now the newly minted Hong Kong Government, Admiralty has always punched above its weight.

In our Admiralty profile we walk you through the shopping, the sights and where to eat - whether that's big burgers at Dan Ryan's or sandwiches in Hong Kong park.

Escape the Hong Kong humidity

Wednesday April 30, 2014

It's heating up out there. If you're looking to escape the sweating we've picked five of Hong Kong's finest museums.

You'll find everything you'd expect to find in a world city; a first class art museum and a science museum where you can play with the exhibits but there is also some more local flavour.

The Hong Kong Heritage Museum traces the city's routes, from cavemen and pirates to imperial China and colonial Britain - and all with a splash of colour and excitement. Also worth a visit is the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence - don't be fooled by the mundane name, set inside a turn of the century you'll find a fantastic history of the city's fight against the Japanese.

Read our top five Hong Kong museums.

Outdoor Hong Kong and exploring the New Territories

Wednesday April 30, 2014

It's not all about the soaring skyscrapers and pounding the city streets. Hong Kong has a soft side. Over in the New Territories and the Outlying Islands you'll find unspoilt beaches, petit fishing villages and all the seafood you could ever want to eat.

Woefully underexplored by tourists this great green outback offers fantastic hikes, bike trails and walled villages to explore. Whether you fancy a day walking amongst the monkeys or an afternoon sipping cocktails by the beach - Hong Kong has it all. Find out more below.

Hong Kong outdoors - what to do and where to do it

New Territories - Hong Kong's back garden explained

What you can and can't do in Hong Kong

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Mainlander parents forced to turn a street into Hong Kong into an emergency toilet have been the source of much tension this week between Beijing and Hong Kong - or at least their social media users.

A child peeing in the street is just the latest in increasingly common complaints by Hong Kongers that visitors from the mainland don't adhere to local etiquette rules. But what are the rules? We profile the top ten Hong Kong etiquette tips - so you can avoid having your face splashed across local media.

Drugs in Hong Kong

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Hong Kong is well off the 'hippie trail of Thailand and Vietnam and doesn't share the same strict drug laws that are seen in Singapore - but Hong Kong is still a very stupid place to do drugs.

Read our drugs in Hong Kong article for more on what the local laws are, who the hustlers are who hassle you in the street and why the penalties mean you should steer clear of drugs, including cannabis, when in Hong Kong.

Best restaurants in April

Monday March 31, 2014

If New York is the city that never sleeps, Hong Kong is the city that always eats. Hong Kongers are mad about food. This is the city that gave the world Dim Sum and the other wonders of Cantonese cuisine and where you'll find both the best western food in Asia and the tastiest curries east of Eluru.

Rampant rents and an ever shifting appetite for something new also mean the city sees dozen of new restaurants swing open their doors each month. This month we've rounded up some of the best. Read our new Hong Kong restaurants in April list to find out about raw cooking, the city's first Brazilian grill and whether Causeway Bay's latest Japanese restaurant is worth a visit.


The best place to drink ales in Hong Kong

Monday March 31, 2014

Well, what's the point of us picking out the best drinks (see blog below) if we don't tell you where to get your hands on a glass.

Along with the rise of craft beers Hong Kong has also seen plenty of craft bars open, where you can enjoy the best local brews. We've picked six of the best craft ale pubs in Hong Kong. From the Globe, where Hong Kong's real ale revolution began, to the Taproom, where you can pick from a selection of twenty plus beers on tap, through to The Beer Bay little more than a hole in wall bar serving up cut price British pints.

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