How much do you really know about Hong Kong ?
WITH ONLY 1,100 SQUARE KILOMETRES OF SPACE, HONG KONG SURE PACKS A PUNCH WITH OVER 7 MILLION RESIDENTS CALLING IT HOME. YET, THERE ARE HIDDEN TREASURES IN HONG KONG THAT EVEN THE MOST SEASONED EXPLORERS HAVE NOT VISITED.
In this blog post, we whisk you away to a whole world of hidden treasures in Hong Kong everyday neighborhoods that are just waiting to be discovered… if you know where to look.
1. WEST KOWLOON: CELEBRATE ART OUTDOORS
In a city where bright lights, crowded sidewalks and living spaces the size of broom closets rule, an escape from the urban jungle sounds like the perfect idea. Head out to West Kowloon for the series of Freespace Happening Events taking place the second Sunday of each month from August to March next year. Activity highlights include staged music gigs, handicraft markets, freestyle football, street performances and a selection of special attractions at Hong Kong’s homegrown arts festival.
West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre 2013. Photo by: http://www.westkowloon.hk/
2. LANTAU ISLAND: REACH FOR THE PEAKS
Craving for something more physical? How about pitting your climbing skills and endurance against some of Hong Kong’s highest peaks? Part of the Skyrunner World Series Event, will take place on Oct 4. Get ready to scale Sunset Peak (807m), Pak Kung Au Water CP1 (331m), Lantau Peak — Fung Wong Shan (934m), Ngong Ping Water CP2 (458m), and Nei Lek Shan contour trail (564m). We’re rooting for you as always but don’t forget to hit the gym and train for the trail!
Lantau 2 Peaks 23K. Photo by: actionasiaevents.com
3. OUTLYING ISLANDS: TAKE A WALK ALONG TUNG LUNG CHAU’S WILD SIDE
Fans of the outdoors and history buffs, listen up. Little-known island, Tung Lung Chau, is home to a three-hundred year old fort and Hong Kong’s largest and earliest-recorded in-situ rock carving. The ancient rock carving, which measures 180 cm by 240 cm depicts the image of a dragon. The island also offers one of the best wild-camping sites in the territory, rock climbing facilities and barbecue pits. To get there, take a ferry from Sam Ka Tsuen Public Pier at Lei Yu Mun (Service available on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays only).
Tung Lung Chau. Photo by: http://flickrhivemind.net/
4. CENTRAL & SHEUNG WAN: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Behind the unmarked doors manned by well-dressed doormen lies some of Hong Kong’s best-kept secrets: hidden bars. Unless you’re in the know, these establishments can be difficult to find but the search for them is probably half the fun. From a 1930’s speakeasy situated in the middle of a vegetable market to an antique storage basement thought to be Dr. Sun Yat-Sun’s hideout, don’t wait to spice up your drinking sessions. Here are some of our personal favorites:
97 Wellington Street
50 Wyndham Street (inside Streat Meat)
1 Pak Tsz Ln
32 Wyndham St
The Blind Pig
6/F, 33 Wyndham Street (inside Lily and Bloom)
001 Bar, Hong Kong
5. SAI WAN HO: MOVIE MAGIC OF YESTERYEAR
They say Hong Kong is the ‘Hollywood of the East’. Now find out for yourself exactly how the territory earned its nickname at this little-known gem in the island’s east. The collects and conserves both local and foreign films and related materials, offers a library of film-related resources and organizes screenings of old films, exhibitions, seminars and symposiums for the general public. Films are screened several times a week in Cantonese and English.
Hong Kong Film Archive. Photo by: discoverhongkong.com
6. WAN CHAI: UNLEASH THE COMIC IN YOU
Tucked away between two non-descript buildings on Mallory Street is the spanking new
(CHB), Hong Kong’s first art community for homegrown comics and animation. A collaborative project between the Hong Kong Arts Centre and the Urban Renewal Authority, CHB is not only an architecture wonder to marvel at, it brings together the city’s creative talents through a series of exhibitions, screenings, workshops and curated projects it organizes. This month, CHB will hold an outdoor screening of short animated films and several workshops with local animators.
Comix Home Base Open Space動漫基地