Endless summer Help! I'm not used to the Hong Kong extremes of too much sun or not enough. Are there tanning salons here? What do they charge? Sun Goddess, Sha Tin The Dictator rules: I should admonish you for seeking out skin cancer, but we all know everyone looks more toned, happy and gorgeous thanks to a little colour. With the usual sporadic bursts of sunshine and rainy weekends, and the absence of those fabulous new spray-tanning booths Jennifer Aniston uses, here are a few reputable salons. Though not the first to bring sunbeds to town, California Beach Club (3/F, Jade Centre, 98 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2851-3357) was one of the first of its kind. It also offers private rooms, showers and other services such as aromatherapy. Expect to pay about $180 a session, or $380 for three. The tanning machines offer settings for various skin types, including an intense 10-minute setting for serious bronzers that is charged at the rate of one-and-a-half sessions. For the best tanning equipment, visit an UltraTan tanning studio in Tsim Sha Tsui (3/F, Honytex Building, 22 Ashley Road, tel: 2377-0377) or Causeway Bay (15/F, Henry House, 40 Yun Ping Road, tel: 2377-9977; see www.UltraTan.com.hk ). They have horizontal beds by Sunburst and vertical machines with inspiring names such as Super Ringo. You'll pay from $200 for one session to $1,690 for 19. Another favourite is the creatively named California Super Tan (Suite 706, Workingview Commercial Building, 21 Yiu Wah Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2834-5606). This also has vertical machines, private rooms and showers, but also an oxygen bar, presumably for immediate relief from coffin-like contraptions. One session costs $199 and 18 will set you back $1,695, with options in between. Most salons stay open into the night, so scheduling won't be a problem, but tan in moderation. And don't come out looking like actor George Hamilton. Shawl thing I love knits and would like a beautiful shawl or cape for winter. Is it possible to wear one without looking like a granny or a librarian? And I'd rather not wear pashmina. Seeking Cover, Sai Ying Pun The Dictator: A beautiful shawl, worn with the right ensemble, could never make you look like a dowdy spinster ... although you might want to remove the pince-nez and let out that bun first. At Sonia Rykiel (Shop L132, The Place, New World Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2311-0312) you have your choice of elegant shawls in black or white. Made unusually long and dramatic, they come with ribbon ties, decorative chiffon pieces or tassles in blends of wool, silk and angora (from $5,795 to $9,595). For a more conservative style, try a charcoal grey shawl in merino wool by Bill Blass ($2,700), or the Gerry Weber cashmere-wool version in subdued colours (about $1,200) on a nearby rack at Lane Crawford (70 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2118-3388). If you're not ready for that kind of commitment, visit an outlet shop such as Tung Yuen Hong (G/F, 44 Parkes Street, Jordan, tel: 2735-6848), which sells simple acrylic shawls in black, white and burgundy ($79). Got a question for The Dictator? E-mail her with your name, or alias, and address at: firstname.lastname@example.org .