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Solomon Islands wild getaway: South Pacific’s largest uninhabited island is jewel of conservation and adventure

Tetepare Island is a rugged place in the western Solomon Islands that’s cloaked in rainforest and fringed with biodiverse reefs. It’s home to turtles, crocodiles and many endangered species.

4 Jun 2019 - 6:58PM

Tetepare Island is a rugged place in the western Solomon Islands that’s cloaked in rainforest and fringed with biodiverse reefs. It’s home to turtles, crocodiles and many endangered species.

Solomon Islands wild getaway: South Pacific’s largest uninhabited island is jewel of conservation and adventure
Hong Kong scientists and adventurers honoured at Explorers Club awards in New York

At the event heralded as the ‘Oscars of Exploration’, Explorers Club Hong Kong was awarded a Citation of Merit for its 2018 Gobi desert expedition. Astronauts Charles Duke and Buzz Aldrin were guests of honour at the gala dinner.

22 Mar 2019 - 8:31PM

At the event heralded as the ‘Oscars of Exploration’, Explorers Club Hong Kong was awarded a Citation of Merit for its 2018 Gobi desert expedition. Astronauts Charles Duke and Buzz Aldrin were guests of honour at the gala dinner.

Hong Kong scientists and adventurers honoured at Explorers Club awards in New York
Hiking South Korea’s highest mountain: an idyllic trek to the top of Mount Hallasan on Jeju Island

Jeju Island is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, but you can get away from the crowds by hiking Mount Hallasan. Here’s how.

10 Mar 2019 - 5:37PM

Jeju Island is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, but you can get away from the crowds by hiking Mount Hallasan. Here’s how.

Hiking South Korea’s highest mountain: an idyllic trek to the top of Mount Hallasan on Jeju Island
Dive with hammerhead sharks in the crystal-clear waters of Yonaguni, Japan’s westernmost island

With friendly locals, underwater visibility up to 30 metres and the chance to see large groups of passing hammerhead sharks, the tiny island of Yonaguni is well worth a visit.

26 Nov 2018 - 7:19PM

With friendly locals, underwater visibility up to 30 metres and the chance to see large groups of passing hammerhead sharks, the tiny island of Yonaguni is well worth a visit.

Dive with hammerhead sharks in the crystal-clear waters of Yonaguni, Japan’s westernmost island
Hong Kong dinosaur hunters make amazing discoveries in Mongolia while retracing steps of famous 1920s explorer

Almost a century after Roy Chapman Andrews led an expedition across the Gobi Desert and uncovered the first nest of dinosaur eggs ever found, Explorers Club Hong Kong employs Nasa technologies to see what is left to discover

19 Jul 2018 - 7:03AM

Almost a century after Roy Chapman Andrews led an expedition across the Gobi Desert and uncovered the first nest of dinosaur eggs ever found, Explorers Club Hong Kong employs Nasa technologies to see what is left to discover

Hong Kong dinosaur hunters make amazing discoveries in Mongolia while retracing steps of famous 1920s explorer
Desert hiking in Jordan: explore Bedouin trails, climb Wadi Rum and have some unforgettable nights under the stars

Just a three-hour taxi ride from the Jordanian capital, Wadi Rum’s spectacular landscape of towering sandstone cliffs, sublime rock formations and silent, sandy dunes that will appeal to anyone who enjoys breathtaking scenery.

28 Jun 2018 - 5:34PM

Just a three-hour taxi ride from the Jordanian capital, Wadi Rum’s spectacular landscape of towering sandstone cliffs, sublime rock formations and silent, sandy dunes that will appeal to anyone who enjoys breathtaking scenery.

Desert hiking in Jordan: explore Bedouin trails, climb Wadi Rum and have some unforgettable nights under the stars
Skiing in Kashmir: Gulmarg resort is off-the-radar paradise of untouched slopes and breathtaking terrain

Home to one of the highest gondolas in the world, Gulmarg ski resort, close to the de facto border between India and Pakistan, is an undiscovered gem – be sure to keep an eye out for snow leopards

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Home to one of the highest gondolas in the world, Gulmarg ski resort, close to the de facto border between India and Pakistan, is an undiscovered gem – be sure to keep an eye out for snow leopards

Skiing in Kashmir: Gulmarg resort is off-the-radar paradise of untouched slopes and breathtaking terrain
Northern Sri Lanka’s hidden treasures – a beautiful land scarred by war and untouched by tourists

An adventure off the beaten track reveals the rich history and culture in Sri Lanka’s unspoilt northern regions

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

An adventure off the beaten track reveals the rich history and culture in Sri Lanka’s unspoilt northern regions

Northern Sri Lanka’s hidden treasures – a beautiful land scarred by war and untouched by tourists
Coasteering Hong Kong: all you need to know about combo adventure sport

The goal of coasteering – a combination of climbing, swimming, and cliff jumps – is to navigate along a coast staying as near the waterline as possible. Hong Kong’s rugged headlands offer plenty of opportunities for adventure

17 Aug 2017 - 12:41PM

The goal of coasteering – a combination of climbing, swimming, and cliff jumps – is to navigate along a coast staying as near the waterline as possible. Hong Kong’s rugged headlands offer plenty of opportunities for adventure

Coasteering Hong Kong: all you need to know about combo adventure sport
No porters, no maps: Hong Kong adventurer in first climb of remote China peak

Team of six climbers conquer unclimbed mountain in western Sichuan’s Gangga range, the ‘Alps of Tibet’, after first running into a dead end, then battling hip-deep snow to reach top

3 Oct 2016 - 12:17PM

Team of six climbers conquer unclimbed mountain in western Sichuan’s Gangga range, the ‘Alps of Tibet’, after first running into a dead end, then battling hip-deep snow to reach top

No porters, no maps: Hong Kong adventurer in first climb of remote China peak
A tuk tuk road trip across India in aid of charity Educate Girls

In two barely roadworthy tuk tuks, one team, made up of five nationalities, travel the length of India to study and raise awareness of the gender gap in the country's education system. Words and pictures by Paul Niel.

11 Apr 2015 - 7:26PM

In two barely roadworthy tuk tuks, one team, made up of five nationalities, travel the length of India to study and raise awareness of the gender gap in the country's education system. Words and pictures by Paul Niel.

A tuk tuk road trip across India in aid of charity Educate Girls
Climbers drawn to uncharted China mountain range

The Gangga mountains, in Sichuan province, are one of the world's final frontiers. Hong Kong-based mountaineer Paul Niel and his team of intrepid adventurers set out to fill in the blanks by climbing them

23 Jun 2016 - 3:20PM

The Gangga mountains, in Sichuan province, are one of the world's final frontiers. Hong Kong-based mountaineer Paul Niel and his team of intrepid adventurers set out to fill in the blanks by climbing them

Climbers drawn to uncharted China mountain range