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Besides the views and outdoor pursuits, it's worth going to South Lantau just to eat, for the villages offer fine cosmopolitan fare

If you come over the mountains from Tung Chung in good weather, on wheels or on foot, you're given a wide-open view of Lantau's coast, the South China Sea and mysterious islands near and far. But besides the views and outdoor pursuits, you might come to this part of Hong Kong just to eat, for the villages linked by the South Lantau Road are home to some fine restaurants of cosmopolitan character.

22 Mar 2016 - 10:55PM

If you come over the mountains from Tung Chung in good weather, on wheels or on foot, you're given a wide-open view of Lantau's coast, the South China Sea and mysterious islands near and far. But besides the views and outdoor pursuits, you might come to this part of Hong Kong just to eat, for the villages linked by the South Lantau Road are home to some fine restaurants of cosmopolitan character.

Besides the views and outdoor pursuits, it's worth going to South Lantau just to eat, for the villages offer fine cosmopolitan fare
Windows into the past: see inside the abandoned villages of Hong Kong

Ghost villages dot Hong Kong's New Territories, some so decayed there's not much left, others still with furniture and household goods amid their rotting frames. In some, one or two families cling on or have returned decades after most left for urban areas or abroad, writes Pete Spurrier

14 Mar 2016 - 2:10PM

Ghost villages dot Hong Kong's New Territories, some so decayed there's not much left, others still with furniture and household goods amid their rotting frames. In some, one or two families cling on or have returned decades after most left for urban areas or abroad, writes Pete Spurrier

Windows into the past: see inside the abandoned villages of Hong Kong
Journeys of discovery: Wong Chuk Hang’s changing dining scene
City of the lotus flower

One evening near the end of December 1999, I was walking with a group of friends on Taipa Island in Macau. The city’s return to China was hours away and we were deciding what to do before the midnight handover. One of our party spied a Portuguese coat of arms, one of many flying on pennants along the roadside, and quickly climbed onto a fence to claim it as a souvenir – just as two police officers drove past. They saw us, but didn’t stop. Those colonial emblems wouldn’t be there much longer anyway.

1 Jun 2015 - 2:51PM

One evening near the end of December 1999, I was walking with a group of friends on Taipa Island in Macau. The city’s return to China was hours away and we were deciding what to do before the midnight handover. One of our party spied a Portuguese coat of arms, one of many flying on pennants along the roadside, and quickly climbed onto a fence to claim it as a souvenir – just as two police officers drove past. They saw us, but didn’t stop. Those colonial emblems wouldn’t be there much longer anyway.

City of the lotus flower
Tai Po market and neighbouring area offer tasty cuisines at reasonable prices

Five stops north of Kowloon Tong on the East Rail, Tai Po is an old-fashioned market town with an abundance of street life.

24 Mar 2015 - 11:20PM

Five stops north of Kowloon Tong on the East Rail, Tai Po is an old-fashioned market town with an abundance of street life.

Tai Po market and neighbouring area offer tasty cuisines at reasonable prices
Test the water before buying an amphibious friend
Weird and wonderful
15 Jun 2012 - 12:00AM
Weird and wonderful
Be alert to the signs of heatstroke
VOLCANIC interruptions
7 Jun 2012 - 12:00AM
VOLCANIC interruptions
Planning well in advance is key to relocation
Boarding houses offer creature comforts of home
Historical influence
2 May 2012 - 12:00AM
Historical influence
Take a break to refuel in style
11 Apr 2012 - 12:00AM
Take a break to refuel in style
Greener and safer products
11 Apr 2012 - 12:00AM
Greener and safer products
Naturally delightful
11 Apr 2012 - 12:00AM
Naturally delightful
A new generation for regeneration
17 Mar 2012 - 12:00AM
A new generation for regeneration
Designing the city's future
9 Feb 2012 - 12:00AM
Designing the city's future
Higher, bigger stage
9 Feb 2012 - 12:00AM
Higher, bigger stage
Around and about
9 Dec 2011 - 12:00AM
Around and about
Brand-building from the margins
12 Nov 2011 - 12:00AM
Brand-building from the margins
Training is the name of hotel game
Sleeping easy is child's play
12 Oct 2011 - 12:00AM
Sleeping easy is child's play
Time to relax and recharge
12 Oct 2011 - 12:00AM
Time to relax and recharge
Sourcing food the right way
12 Oct 2011 - 12:00AM
Sourcing food the right way
Retro vision inspires look
12 Oct 2011 - 12:00AM
Retro vision inspires look
It's cool to save energy
12 Oct 2011 - 12:00AM
It's cool to save energy
Maritime meander
12 Oct 2011 - 12:00AM
Maritime meander
Unusual fillings are tasty treats
12 Oct 2011 - 12:00AM
Unusual fillings are tasty treats
Affordable luxury
12 Oct 2011 - 12:00AM
Affordable luxury
Five great ways to walk off that hearty breakfast