One of the questions our Little Adventures in Hong Kong guests often ask our director, Daisann McLane while on tour is: Do you cook Cantonese food? Here's her (somewhat complicated) answer about how she's learned to live like a local--and mastered one very important local cooking technique....

Hong Kong tea shop Fukien Tea Company is exactly what you imagine a Hong Kong tea shop should be. Dusty, peeling tin canisters decorate the shelves. A chubby white cat stretches upon a checkerboard tiled floor. Faded black and white photos line the walls. It is as if you've walked through a door that time travels you back into 1963....

For years we have been wondering about the 70s-style "resort" that you can spot on Lantau Island's south coast when you are taking the ferry from Hong Kong. A bit of research and we discovered the poignant story of Sea Ranch, the Hong Kong luxury beach retreat that has been nearly abandoned for 20 years. Only accessible by ferry (or a very strenuous hike--read on for more about that!) On a beautiful early June day, we decided to try to have a look at the place for ourselves. We heard there were still a few people living in the complex and that was a private ferry running to the complex from nearby Cheung Chau island. Just as we reached Cheung Chau from Central, we saw the Sea Ranch ferry and hopped right on. No one seemed to mind, and soon we were chugging our way towards the mystery beach with its...