Just as we were running out to eat dim sum today, we got word that "Ghosts of Hong Kong"--our March, 2011 National Geographic Traveler article about walking the back streets of Hong Kong--was awarded a Gold Prize in the annual competition of the Society of American Travel Journalists. It's always great to win a prize, but we're especially happy about this one, since this article is based on one of the most popular walking tours we give to our guests, around the back streets of Central Hong Kong.

Our 2011 season is underway at Little Adventures in Hong Kong , and we're having a busy one. In no small part due to the wonderful mention we've received in the latest edition of the Luxe Guide to Hong Kong....

What's the biggest obstacle faced by a hungry foodie in Hong Kong?  
Ah, the mysteries of the Chinese language menu. You go into a restaurant that smells good. The food on everyone's table looks fantastic. Using the finger pointing "I'll have what they're having" method, you manage to get yourself a tasty meal. Yet...

It's a great time of year to be walking in Hong Kong. We do Christmas here in a big way. Trees, lights, tinsel. Choirs sing carols in the malls. The supermarket muzak in Park & Shop has got "Jingle Bells" on continuous loop. My building's door lady has taken to wearing a pair of antlers. And down on Ladder Street, the vendors are cleaning up with the Santa suits.  

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Yesterday, 1:30pm, on Lyndhurst Terrace I see a guy pushing a cart. On the cart are two huge roast suckling pigs.  
  He's holding the cart steady with one hand, waving his other arm out in the air at the passing traffic. "You mean you're going to take the pigs in the taxi"? I said to the guy in Cantonese, a little shocked.

Snapshots. Unexpected moments. A door opens, and suddenly you find yourself immersed in someone else's life. For an instant, you're floating in a different world, inhabiting a different skin, wondering how you could have lived so long without understanding, feeling, thinking...