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Diners full of the joys of hot springs

The natural hot springs that bubble along Taiwan's east coast railway line into Jiaosi have long served to relax tired tourists. The town now also has 195 restaurants, bars and cafes, the local government says.

Thursday, 20 October, 2011, 12:00am

Ring in the olde

Hurley in Berkshire is the quintessentially English village of holiday postcards and romantic films. It offers picturesque country homes and luxuriant greenery, along with some of the most beautiful stretches of the River Thames. It is only 45 minutes by car from London, and 25 minutes from Heathrow.

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Dragon-i retreats from public space

Dragon-i, the upmarket restaurant and club in trendy Wyndham Street, Central, has removed its tables and chairs from public open space it had been occupying.

It cleared the area on Thursday, just over a week after its landlord received a government notice to do so, in a move that refocused attention on commercial use of public space.

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Clampdown in the works for upstairs bars

The government wants to clamp down on the proliferation of upstairs bars.

It launched a two-month consultation yesterday on proposals that would ban them from semi-residential apartment blocks and buildings where regulations are persistently broken, and reduce their capacity on safety grounds.

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Less pub but a lot more grub

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Wan Chai landmark closes after landlord pulls lease

One of Wan Chai's landmark watering holes has closed its doors for the first - and last - time. The Bridge in Lockhart Road, which was open around the clock, closed last week after a dispute between the landlord and the bar's owners.

Police said the landlord had had enough of some of the more 'colourful' behaviour alleged to have gone on in the early hours of the morning.

1 May 2011 - 12:00am

London crawling

Nowhere does London come to vivid life as much as in its historic pubs, where the mere act of ordering writes you into a time line stretching back, almost unchanged, for hundreds of years.

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Listings - Central / Lan Kwai Fong

AMBER

7/F The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central, 21320066

www.mandarinoriental.com

Cuisine Modern European

Specialities Steak, seafood, cheese, foie gras, bluefin tuna, kurabota pork, New Zealand langoustines

Wine International

14 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Co-ordination the key to solving niche problem

It can be hard finding an affordable place to live in Hong Kong; but that is nothing compared to the shortage of places for burial urns. There are just 190,000 existing or planned public urn niches to meet an expected demand of more than 490,000 over the next decade. The shortfall is so severe that the wait can be as much as four years.

9 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Kila

Upper Basement, 79 Wyndham Street, Central Tel: 2522 8118 Open: 5pm until late

The vibe: Hong Kong is not short of Irish bars, thanks to two large chains and a host of independent Irish-themed pubs. Although many do their best to look Irish, the owners of Kila have taken a different approach - they've done their best to actually feel Irish.

1 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Police do little to ease fears over policy of fining bar patrons

Police have failed to calm the controversy that has grown since they said patrons could face a fine of HK$2,000 if they were caught drinking in unlicensed bars.

It alarmed many drinkers who complained that they did not know a law existed where they could be prosecuted as well as the owners, and that no one could tell whether a bar was illegal.

16 May 2010 - 12:00am

Listings - Central / Lan Kwai Fong / Sheung Wan / Western

AMBER

7/F The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15Queen's Road Central, Central, 21320066

www.mandarinoriental.com

Cuisine Modern European

Specialities Steak, seafood, cheese, foie gras, bluefin tuna, kurabota pork, New Zealand langoustines

Wine International

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Tak Kee

Fare The usual dai pai dong fare with an emphasis on seafood and pigeon.

Ambience Set in a strip of restaurants running parallel to the main road and dwarfed by industrial buildings, the Fo Tan food market makes an unusual spot for a group meal. Tak Kee, at the southern end of the market, is loud and lively and partly open to the elements, so visit in good weather.

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

New Year reveller dies in pub

A 37-year-old man died after celebrating the New Year in Causeway Bay yesterday. The man was drinking alcohol in a pub at 68 Yee Wo Street at about 4am when he collapsed and fell unconscious. His friends called police and he was taken to Ruttonjee Hospital, where he was certified dead.

2 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Website details approval of charity hawking

The public can check on a government website launched yesterday whether charities' street-hawking activities are approved.

24 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

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