Destination: Sanlitun, Beijing

Destination: Sanlitun, Beijing

A slew of new bars and restaurants have opened in the Sanlitun district of Beijing, reinforcing its position as the city's prime nightlife zone.

Thursday, 15 November, 2012, 9:37am

Nightlife: a vertical pub crawl

Hyenas Pub. Photos: Jonathan Wong

People point to places such as Lan Kwai Fong or Wyndham Street as examples of how Hong Kong is one of Asia's great nightlife destinations. But when most Hongkongers head out on a Friday night to have a few drinks, they look to the skies.

15 Nov 2012 - 9:31am

Regime turned upside down

Personal trainer Alan Pak puts health editor Jeanette Wang through her paces with the PurMotion functional training equipment. The system uses ropes to train the body through a series of movements. Photos: May Tse

It's ironic that despite all the hi-tech equipment at Pure Fitness' latest gym in Causeway Bay, I'm trying to haul myself up a rope like a monkey, while a guy's hand is on my butt. "Leg straight, lean back slightly, arm over arm ... pull!" instructs Alan Pak Ka-lun, a personal trainer who is mine for the next hour.

13 Nov 2012 - 11:40am

Fitness: water workouts

Water running. Photo: Corbis

Running or cycling can be tough if you're overweight or suffer from joint problems or injuries, but that doesn't mean you have to lay off exercise altogether. Take your workout to the pool and you'll get the same aerobic benefit but with less wear and tear.

30 Oct 2012 - 9:46am 1 comment

Class Action: Sport for children

Sports teaches teamwork and co-operation. Photo: Corbis

My family enjoyed watching the Olympic Games. Both my children are sporty but their school doesn't seem to encourage competitive sport. How is this is going to help my children develop a competitive attitude or produce Olympic athletes of the future?

14 Oct 2012 - 11:16am

HK should invest more in community recreations

The head of Hong Kong's lifeguard union has called on the government to introduce compulsory swimming instruction for schoolchildren, because lessons at government pools are oversubscribed and poor families are missing out on private tuition. Alex Kwok Siu-kit says government and community attitudes to sport and swimming in particular need to change.

7 Oct 2012 - 2:09am 1 comment

Geocaching is a treasure hunt which brings families together

Geocaching is a treasure hunt which brings families together

Tim Teahan was deep in the Malaysian jungle with his young son, Ringo. They had been hiking for three hours, stepping over millipedes, pausing periodically to remove hungry leeches from their skin. Their only companions were the monkeys looking down from the trees. Finally, they found the treasure they were seeking hidden behind a waterfall: a jar containing a notebook.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:32am

New trends for the great outdoors

Gandia Blasco's Cristal Box (above leftand left)

Influenced by the needs of hotels, residential clubs and beachside resorts, outdoor furniture has taken on a stylish new look. As a result, anyone looking for individual items - such as a sunbed, sofa, chaise lounge or parasol - or a modern collection for their rooftop, poolside patio or garden can choose from an increasing range of high-grade designer products.

7 Sep 2012 - 11:06am

Voice of the Games doesn't sound sweet to English ears

The 1,000-year cross-Channel rivalry between Britain and France continues here. It would be unsportsmanlike to gloat but the forlorn French, with a modest eight golds, are miserable. So they are accusing Team GB's cyclists of skulduggery because they are hiding the 'magic wheels' that have propelled the likes of Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Jason Kenny to glory.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

United we stand

When was the last time you tried something new?' Robert Sheriff asks as he effortlessly balances a long board on his head that dwarfs his almost 1.8-metre frame.

'I'm excited,' I lie, albeit enthusiastically. Although eager to experiment with the world's fastest-growing water sport, I realise I have no idea what I'm doing.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

British fans show their love for royalty and horses

A good brolly is a much-needed accessory in London as I discovered after nearly 10 days without any mishap. But the famous weather finally caught up with me and I returned to my hotel drenched to the skin.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

Rowing proves more oarsome challenge than it looks

We ladies love pampering ourselves at the weekend with a sumptuous afternoon tea at the best cafes. Flowing dresses, pretty clutch bags, scones with clotted cream and jam, and a good hot pot of jasmine (for me) and Darjeeling (for Karly) tea are a few of our favourite things.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Pushing through the pain

Nicolas Faquet, the Hong Kong CEO of online insurance company, ensures his own healthy life through a passion for cycling.

Before the city wakes most mornings, Faquet, 39, has already cycled his favourite route from Causeway Bay to The Peak - not once, but three times.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Exercise in disguise

Zumba is a dance-based fitness programme that is hugely popular around the world.

Originating from Columbia, it is a combination of Latin dance steps, an eclectic repertoire of music from a variety of dancing styles, including samba, hip-hop, merengue, flamenco, belly dancing and reggaeton, and standard aerobics routines.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Running wild

While some Hongkongers think summer is the perfect time to chill indoors with a fine wine, others prefer the adrenaline rush from exercising outdoors. The sun and other elements, however, require preparation and a lot of gear.

The latest outdoor sports gear is lighter and has more functions than before, according to Wong Ho-fai, sport marketing executive at The Overlander.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am