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Adventure Travel

Parahawking in Nepal takes thrill-seekers to new heights

A vulture named Kevin takes a snack from the author's hand as she paraglides in Nepal. Photo: Parahawking/Phillippa Stewart

If travel is about learning, then I've learned in Nepal that competitiveness and an adventurous streak don't mix well. That is how I find myself staring down at a 160-metre drop into the raging Bhote Koshi River - attached to a fraying bungee rope.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 6:41pm

TV series of Canadian brothers' record-setting China motorbike trip airs

Canadian brothers Ryan and Colin Pyle. Photo: Reuters

It took Canadian brothers Ryan and Colin Pyle five minutes to come up with the idea of circumnavigating China by motorcycle, a journey never attempted before. It did not take much longer for Colin to quit his job as a foreign exchange trader and sell his house. Now, a TV series of their Guinness world record-breaking 65-day adventure is to air around the world.

10 Apr 2013 - 5:03am

Australian tourism chiefs resurrect 'best jobs in the world' offer

Tourism Australia shows former winner Britain's Ben Southall sitting behind a desk in a Melbourne lane as the industry resurrected its hugely popular "Best Jobs in the World" campaign. Photo: AFP

The marketing push is targeting the youth segment, which contributes A$12 billion (HK$94 billion) annually in tourism spending and delivers nearly 1.6 million, or 26 per cent, of Australia's international arrivals.

6 Mar 2013 - 3:22am

Explorer Tim Jarvis to recreate Ernest Shackleton's 1916 Antarctic journey

An epic journey by Ernest Shackleton (right) in 1916 will be retraced.

A polar explorer who retraced Douglas Mawson's Antarctic trek has launched an ambitious new challenge - recreating Ernest Shackleton's perilous crossing of the Southern Ocean.

Tim Jarvis, a British-Australian adventurer who in 2007 re-enacted Mawson's 1912 solo trek across the frozen continent, is planning a similar trip next month to follow Shackleton's dramatic 1916 voyage.

3 Dec 2012 - 4:24am

Passion for fun: Janet Hsieh Yi-fen

Hong Kong's Avenue of the Stars is a glittering set.

Always on the move, the prolific TV host tells Tracey Furniss about her lifelong love of travel.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:26pm

Arabian delights

Soaking up the sun with the nearby water within easy reach is a big attraction.

If I hadn't remembered from school geography lessons that the shores of the Dead Sea are the planet's lowest accessible point on dry land, then the late-night trip there from Amman's Queen Alia International Airport would have made that clear.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:35pm

An ice place to be

A statue of Mother Mary at a church in the charming town of El Calafate.

We are hunkered down in a valley in the ice - white and blue are the only colours in this otherworldly scene. The overcast sky blankets the black mountains beyond and blends into the frozen surface, making it difficult to judge where one ends and the other begins. There is a loneliness about this cold, surreal space, something that makes life seem insubstantial.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:36pm

Far from madding crowd

After the exhausting rush of couturiers, caterers and table plans comes the honeymoon, and the chance to unwind from the stresses of the months leading up to a wedding.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Mountain bike equipment

Orange Five Pro

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Actress scales fresh heights for the role of a lifetime

There is only one race that Vanessa Haywood hasn't finished in her life. She was mountain biking when her front wheel hit a rock, and she fell off - face first - while racing downhill at 50km/h. 'And I didn't finish only because I knocked myself out and had to be rushed off to hospital,' she says.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

No place like roam

My youngest daughter went off to Year Five camp last week. She and her schoolmates went to Cheung Chau for five days, and it was hard to say goodbye. It brought home the notion that, while I have done my best to protect my daughters during their childhood, I will have to start letting them go. It also brought back memories of my own travels and journey of independence.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Budget hostels will help young workers

Young people setting out on their working lives will be helped to live away from home by a hostel scheme proposed in the policy address, home affairs officials said yesterday.

In last month's speech, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said the government would help NGOs build hostels on land allocated by the administration.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


Hostels could help working youths

I agree with the proposal that providing hostels for single working youths can boost the motivation of people who live in relatively remote areas like Tin Shui Wai.

But it's true that such measures could increase some youngsters' dependence on government aid.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Youth hostel plan starts

The government will help NGOs to provide hostels for single youths, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said in his policy address. The idea aims to help working-age young people to move away from home as they set out on their own.

20 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Backpacking star in fine spirits after European trip and happy to share his views on model forms

The One mall kicked off a week-long autumn-winter fashion preview featuring a string of brands and a different Taiwanese celebrity guest of honour each day.

1 Sep 2011 - 12:00am