Charted territory

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 November, 2011, 12:00am


Maps aren't easy to use when you're on the move: they never seem to fold back into their original tidy form, and forget about using them in the rain.

This is where Crumpled City maps come in. The virtually indestructible maps are made of Tyvek - a lightweight, tear-resistant fabric - and can be stuffed into a pocket or backpack. They are also waterproof, so can even double as a makeshift umbrella.

Hong Kong has become the latest city to be featured in the series, after the likes of Barcelona, Edinburgh, London, New York, Tokyo and Paris. And while it has a few quirks that reveal it wasn't created locally, the map deserves a place in the disorganised visitor's kit.

For example, we're not sure why tourists would want to know the location of all the schools in Kowloon and on Hong Kong Island, and we hope not many would need the section of the map that shows only Container Terminal 8, the PLA Naval Base and the Government Dockyard. But the clearly marked MTR stations and destinations served by the ferry piers should come in handy.

Also useful is the index of museums, galleries, cinemas, shopping malls, markets and parks, along with the list of 10 'SoulSights' that no tourist should miss. The Cantonese pronunciations of locations such as Central and Happy Valley are also provided, presumably so tourists can shout at locals when they get lost.

The map comes with a small white pouch for storage, but we don't see why you'd need it when you can just stuff it anywhere you fancy. Priced at HK$155, it's available at Sidewalk, 4 Gough Street, Central. For inquiries, call 2850 7121.