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...

LandmarkSheepBlog Happy year of the Goat! Or Sheep! Or Ram! Or whatever! The Chinese character (羊) for the holiday's Zodiac symbol can mean any one of them. At Little Adventures in Hong Kong we have no problem with that--we're happy to have all our favorite Fuzzy Ruminant Animals around in Hong Kong for this Lunar New Year 2015. Every year Hong Kong’s stores, malls and shops bring on the major bling for Lunar New Year. We set out on mission to find the good, bad and the fugly of this year’s Ram-bunctious displays. Happy year of the Goat! Or Sheep! Or Ram! Or whatever! The Chinese character (羊) for the holiday's Zodiac symbol can mean any one of them. We have no problem with that--we're happy to have all our favorite Fuzzy Ruminant Animals around in Hong Kong for this Lunar New Year...

    We are very, very excited to team with CNN Hong Kong and Anthony Bourdain on Saturday, October 5 for the Parts Unknown Foodie Challenge! We've put our heads together to come up with an amazing foodie treasure hunt race that will take you (and your teammates) to some of Hong Kong's tastiest eateries. If you can find the secret places and the special local foods we've chosen AND handle yourself like a pro in some of our city's most demanding kitchens, you will have a shot at the grand prize: a trip for two for Tokyo. (Second prize is not so bad either, we think: Little Adventures in Hong Kong is contributing one of our Won-ton-a-thon private guided foodie walks to the lucky runners up.) Do you think you have what it takes to be a...

We're extremely lucky to have the multi-talented Paul Karl Lukacs on our Little Adventures in Hong Kong team. Paul's an entertainment lawyer who also happens to be a fan and thoughtful critic of international cinema (which includes classic Hong Kong film, of course). How big a fan is Paul? Well, let's just say that some of us choose a Hong Kong neighborhood to live in based on its transport and shops, but Paul chooses where he lives based on the proximity of a good movie theater!

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Janice Leung, our Little Adventures in Hong Kong colleague and host extraordinaire, is also a food writer and a walking database of information on Hong Kong, Cantonese, and regional Guangdong cuisines (among other things!). We learn something new and insightful about Hong Kong's food and culinary culture every time we go out walking the markets with her.

Janice has just published a superb, authoritative article in the Australian magazine, Gourmet Traveller, about one of our favorite subjects: the classic old Hong Kong Cantonese dishes that have almost disappeared from restaurant menus. Not only does Janice track down and find modern-day versions of these great, rich, labor-intensive masterpieces of the Hong Kong culinary lexicon--she gives a terrific cultural history of these lost foods through her own research and interviews with top Hong...

Our good friend Hana sends this photo from her recent Sunday dim sum at Fu Sing restaurant in Wan Chai. When we stoppped spitting Hong Kong milk tea all over our keyboard, we emailed her to find out what happened here, and she told us, "This is what arrived when we played Dim Sum Roulette."  

Dim Sum Roulette? For a second we were puzzled, but then we put two and two together and figured out what Hana and her pals had been up to. Here at Little Adventures in Hong Kong, we love the dim sum at Fu Sing Restaurant, and we go there a lot (if you come on one of our private guided food walks, we'll take you to Fu Sing, too!)....

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.

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.

In our endless quest to discover the most interesting, unsung attractions of our favorite city for our personally hosted Hong Kong walks, we often find ourselves pausing to admire the vast landscape of consumable commodities which surrounds, indeed threatens to devour us, with its variety and plentitude. Yeah, we like to go shopping. Not just any shopping, though. I am always on the alert for things to buy that have local flavor, that are Made in Hong Kong. Things that have some connection to this place, and this culture. Even though Hong Kong is a much touted "Shoppers Paradise", that's not always easy. Hong Kong is awash in designer brands and luxury items, but the everyday local treasures aren't always visible at first glance. That's why I've compiled my own lists of shops and stores that "think locally." Some you may already have heard of, like the terrific hip housewares and lifestyle store G.O.D.   These guys...