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Janet Chan recommends some holiday security measures. Since July, I’ve been noticing more groups of teenagers on the streets, waiting at the pier for boat trips and carrying camping gear – the school holidays have arrived. Many families use this time to go on overseas vacations. As well as packing your passport, camera and money, […]
Cherrie Yu samples the best of the Banyan Tree Spa. It’s 20 years since the first Banyan Tree hotel opened in Phuket, dreamed up by former journalist Ho Kwon-ping at his home on Lamma Island and named after Yung Shue Wan (Banyan Tree Bay). Without a beachfront at the Phuket site, Ho came up with […]
Melody Liu interviews Sai Kung’s Frozen-meat supplier, Wicky Pok, owner of Sun Fa Frozen Meat. My sister handed over the company to me when she retired more than 10 years ago. Our family business started many years ago as a small poultry shop in the market, selling fresh meat to locals. When I took […]
Carolynne Dear takes a break at the Auberge Discovery Bay. Discovery Bay is lovely first thing in the morning. Sitting at Zac’s with a skinny latte in hand, the sun shining and watching a couple of kayakers gently lapping the bay, it’s easy to tap into that lazy, hazy holiday feeling. Why jet off to Southeast Asia when there is so […]
We have officially launched Sai Kung Classifieds on saikung.com! Do you have something you don’t need anymore? A service you want to share with fellow Sai Kungers? Don’t fret! Sai Kung Classifieds to the rescue! We hope this service will be more effective than sticking notes to lampposts around town. Sai Kung Classifieds is a great way to […]
Backstage in Sai Kung’s bamboo theatre. It’s Saturday night and Sai Kung’s bamboo opera theatre is filling up. Families are gathering to take their allotted seats, their names hand-written on labels attached to the seatbacks. Outside, people mill around temporary market stalls set up opposite Steamers selling balloons, jewellery, snacks and desserts. We are escorted through the growing crowd and led backstage. Tonight we […]
Sophia Ho grills chef Brendon Chadwick at Sai Kung’s laidback fine-dining restaurant, One-Thirtyone. I come from Perth, Western Australia, and I now live in Tai Tung Tsuen Village, Sai Kung. I have a newborn son and I thought Sai Kung would suit us better.I wanted to be a mechanic, like my father, but I broke my back while […]
Sai Kong Magazine Flips for the 852’2 Half-Pipes. It’s not quite Bondi Beach’s skating bowl, but it sure looks like it. Tseung Kwan O’s new skatepark opened on April 30 with a replica of Sydney’s famous skate pool, complete with shallow end, as well as a street area with pyramids and ledges and an L-shaped […]
Following attacks on two dogs in Sai Kung, is the python a peril or are we paranoid? By Hazel Knowles. Businesswoman Katie Heyring has spent many happy hours walking in the hills above Sai Kung over the past two years. But a deadly encounter with a five-metre python that killed her pet dog, Charlie, has […]
Go see Sai Kung’s finest by hiring a party boat! Here are the best of the best. Aqualuna The familiar red-sailed junk Aqualuna was built by an 80-year-old local craftsman using traditional boat-building methods. As well as daily 45-minute harbour cruises, it can be hired for private parties of up to 80 guests. Details at […]
With three tapas bars opening in six months, we Cherrie Yu samples the small plates. Casa Casa is Spanish for “home”, and sure enough its menu is all about simple, homemade food. “We want to bring the right concept of tapas food. It is a type of drinking food, social food; a sit-down and talk […]
Summer is approaching which means it’s the perfect time to head out to sea to soak in some of those rays. Choose from the best junk companies in Hong Kong. Jaspa’s Junks Experience Jaspa’s legendary hospitality at sea. The fun begins the moment you climb aboard, with free-flowing Sea Breeze cocktails, beer and wine, a […]
Hannah Grogan Swaps Fishy Tales with Aberdeen’s Captain, Kim Stuart. Tell me about yourself. I’ve been living on a boat for 12 years. I have two boats; a houseboat and a sports boat, which I use for fishing. I started fishing when I was 10. My father took me on a fishing trip off the […]
We have kids’ party planning sorted. By Cherrie Yu. Eezy Peezy Parties Take the stress out of your next children’s party with this online one-stop shop. Use the website to create and send invitations, choose a wish list from the gift registry, order party essentials for delivery to your door, book an entertainer and even […]
Garden Farm Grow your own organic fruit and vegetables by renting an allotment from Garden Farm, with sizes varying from 36 sqft to 96 sqft and costing $600-$1,500 per quarter. Staff offer instruction on organic farming techniques from the basics of turning over the soil before planting to harvest. Prices include equipment, seeds, compost etc. After a […]
Sally Andersen talks to the animals Animal communication is becoming more and more popular in Hong Kong and I’m frequently asked if I believe it’s possible for humans to communicate with animals via telepathy. The short answer is yes, I do. I took a course myself many years ago when I ran The New Age […]
Master Lee Kwok-ping brews up with Cherry Yu I have lived in Sai Kung for about 16 years – the same age as this tea shop. Most of my customers are frequent visitors and know what they are looking for, whether it is Chinese antiques, tea leaves or tea paraphernalia. I moved to Sai […]
With Sai Kung already packed at weekends, Hazel Knowles seeks an update on the projects that will bring in yet more people. It’s midday on a sunny Sunday and Sai Kung is heaving. The car parks are full, but a slow-moving trail of cars and buses continues to snake down Hiram’s Highway, bottlenecking at the […]
Hong Kong is one of Asia’s finest climbing destinations. Here are some indoor and outdoor destinations to go climbing. Indoors Da Verm Run by experienced climbers, Da Verm is one of the few indoor climbing gyms in Hong Kong and the only one on the island with two climbing walls. Routes change monthly to keep […]
I am an outdoor enthusiast and love all extreme sports. I grew up in Sham Tseng, near Tuen Mun. Mountain biking was the family sport, but I’m more of a water baby. My dad, brother and sister have represented Hong Kong in many sports and my brother won a bronze medal in the Asian Games […]
Is it safe to exercise in Hong Kong’s pollution? Jane Wolfers finds out. It doesn’t take a scientist to tell you Hong Kong’s air quality is bad. Maritime pollution, vehicle exhaust and emissions from factories in China are to blame. The government has pledged to “dramatically improve” our air, with measurable results expected in […]
Ahead of the Young Readers Festival, author Diana Wu-David browses children’s books about Hong Kong. Hong Kong ABC Written by Diana Wu-David and illustrated by Margaret Jung A chunky board book, Hong Kong ABC was written with kids in mind from its bright red cover to its indestructible pages. From bao to Kowloon to wet […]
Hannah Grogan explores the Hong Kong Wetland Park. I thought Hong Kong was a small place until I went to the Hong Kong Wetland Park. It’s in north Tin Shui Wai but, my, it seems a long way away. The journey only adds to that holiday feeling, however, and it’s worth the effort of […]
What’s going on over the hill? Hannah Grogan and Cherrie Yu revisit Kwun Tong. For years, commuters living in Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay whizzed through industrial Kwun Tong on their way to the Eastern Harbour Tunnel and Hong Kong Island. But over the past couple of years, more and more people have started turning […]
Pole dancing has moved out of Wan Chai and into Sai Kung. It’s been 10 years since pole dancing mutated into pole fitness, winning loyal fans as a fun workout that builds strength in the core and upper body. It’s proving so popular in Hong Kong that Pole Paradise Studio has now opened a studio […]
Jane Wolfers discovers the joys of trail running. With 42 per cent of Hong Kong designated as country park, criss-crossed by hundreds of kilometres of well-maintained paths, trail running is one of the best ways to explore the territory. It’s fun, challenging and sociable. Four of Hong Kong’s best trail runners – Dan Parr, Rachel […]
Hannah Grogan checks out Sai Kung’s fledgling art community. Hong Kong is fast developing a reputation as an art hotspot. Major international events such as Art Basel Hong Kong, the twice-yearly Sotheby’s art sales, Asia Contemporary Art Show and the Affordable Art Fair draw art lovers from all over the world. In their wake, local […]
Auntie Wah, 50, talks to Olivia Lai about life on Sai Kung’s kaidos. I have been piloting boats for 24 years now. I started when my daughter was six years old and now she’s all grown up. It’s not an easy job, operating the boats and working with the ropes. Look at my hands – […]
Hannah Grogan blazes Mong Kok’s market trail. Mong Kok isn’t for everyone, especially when the mercury climbs into the 30s, but the cooler weather makes this the perfect time to explore the city’s liveliest district and its weird and wonderful specialist markets. The market trail stretches from Prince Edward to Yau Ma Tei. The Hong […]
Sally Andersen’s tips for finding a lost dog. Recently I spent three weeks searching for a lost dog that ran away from its prospective adopter on the very first day. Happily, the dog is now safely back after her adventure “holiday”, but it’s not the first time that I’ve had to spend my rare days […]
Joe Au Yeung Tak reveals the latest developments in the fight against housebreakers. Don’t tackle burglars Let me start by telling you about a recent robbery case. After a prolonged period of observation, intelligence analysis and ambushes, Rural Patrol Unit, assisted by CID officers from Wong Tai Sin District, successfully arrested two mainland illegal immigrants […]
Hannah Grogan meets the Paralympic track-and-field medallist turned sailor. Tell us about your nomination for the SCMP Spirit of Hong Kong Awards. I was very happy to be selected. I’m not a final contender, but I was happy to be noticed by the community. It is my first time in an English newspaper – I’ve […]
Sophie Sherrard charts three routes through the Ap Lei Chau shopping complex. When it comes to shopping for furniture, discount designer fashion or baby essentials, one destination springs to mind: Horizon Plaza. Navigating the 23 floors of this vertical warehouse-turned-shopping centre on Ap Lei Chau can be overwhelming, so we’ve planned three routes to […]
Stephen Vines makes some New Year Resolutions – for other people. It’s that time of year, is it not? We are supposed to make New Year resolutions, filled with good intentions and, even more demandingly, we are expected to stick to them. Long experience has taught me that this is a mug’s game so […]
Cherrie Yu checks out a bunch of creative clases for adults in and around town. Oil painting Get creative on canvas at Anastasia’s Arthouse. Its Oil and Acrylic Painting lessons is a hands-on course that teaches would-be artists technique, colour theory, composition, structure, proportion, perspective and paint manipulation. Students learn to capture a scene’s light, […]
Bored? Olivia Lai finds fun activities for winter weekends. What the dino saw Tangle with a Tyrannosaurus, browse with a brachiosaurus or play tag with a velociraptor at the “Legends of the Giant Dinosaurs” exhibition at the Hong Kong Science Museum. Interact with animatronic dinosaurs – our favourite is feeding the farting triceratops (yes, […]
Good news for Sai Kung seafood lovers: Sing Kee seafood restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star in the new edition of the Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau. The three-storey restaurant with 12 dining rooms is located in the large red building near the old-town car park. It was rated as “a very good restaurant […]
Queen’s Castle Organic Day Spa has opened in Razor Hill. “The reason I opened it is very simple: I love massages,” says owner Ada Woo. A Sai Kung resident for seven years, she was frustrated by the lack of massage spots with easy parking. “I used to go to Sai Kung town for massages and […]
Here are five detox and diet programmes for 2014. Cleanse 9 What is it? The latest nutritional cleansing programme (or detox) to sweep Clearwater Bay and Sai Kung. The nine-day plan is designed to help purge the body of toxins and waste build up, and return to healthy eating. It involves several days of drinking […]
Adele Rosi puts this year’s fitness trends through their paces. When Jane Fonda first donned Lycra and leg warmers in 1980, her aerobics workouts spawned a multi-billion-dollar industry. But like any industry, what’s in one year may be out the next. Who remembers step and aqua aerobics, callanetics and boxercise? Hugely popular in 2012, […]
Cherrie Yu is well nourished. Hong Kong Gourmet Burger Company Before your eyebrows shoot up, Castelo Concepts’ newcomer Hong Kong Gourmet Burger Company has a deliciously healthy veggie burger. The grilled and pesto haloumi burger ($98) is a char-grilled garden of vegetables with grilled haloumi cheese and basil pesto. Instead of fries, go for […]
Sophie Sherrard charts three routes through the Ap Lei Chau shopping complex. When it comes to shopping for furniture, discount designer fashion or baby essentials, one destination springs to mind: Horizon Plaza. Navigating the 23 floors of this vertical warehouse-turned-shopping centre on Ap Lei Chau can be overwhelming, but veterans confirm that it’s […]
Olivia Lai meets the people helping the hungry. Hong Kong may be an affluent city but it has one of the largest wealth gaps in the world. One in five people lives below the poverty line. In a city that throws away more than 3,200 tonnes of food a day, thousands of people […]
Going away for Christmas? Olivia Lai finds places to stash your pooch. DB Dog Dayz Located in an (air-conditioned) house in Sai Kung Country Park, DB Dog Dayz offers a more homey environment than most kennels and invites you to bring your dog to visit before deciding to board. Dog Dayz is perfect for […]
The Bottle Shop’s Danny Wong tells Cherrie Yu what sets its craft beers apart. We were named Best Beer Importer at the Hong Kong International Beer Awards. The awards are open for all distributors to join and a panel of judging experts conducted a blind tasting. We won the most awards. The beers are the […]
Hannah Grogan follows Route Twisk to the roof of Hong Kong. It’s easy to get caught up in all the hikes of Hong Kong. The trails are numerous and plentiful but sometimes the guidebooks and magazines forget that a large number of folk in this fair city also like to get around on four […]
Carolynne Dear downloads Hong Kong apps that make life better. Taxi Hero (free) Is it just us, or are cabs getting harder and harder to come by these days? This brand new app takes all the hassle out of calling a cab. It lets you book a taxi with one simple click. GPS […]
Joe Au-Yeung Tak reveals how housebreakers are using CCTV. Many Sai Kung residents will be aware of last month’s burglary and robbery of two apartments on Chi Fai Path, Sai Kung, which provided useful intelligence about the latest burglary modus operandi. While residents were out exercising In the morning, two Chinese illegal immigrants prised open […]
We count the ways Sai Kung is close to our hearts. 1. That Sai Kung feeling It’s that special feeling you get when you cross the ridge and drop down into Sai Kung or Clearwater Bay: your mood lightens and your shoulders relax a couple of clicks as the load lifts. You’re nearly home. 2. […]
Anna Thai & Foot Massage has therapies for all the family – including the dog. By Hannah Grogan. Anna is no stranger to Sai Kung’s massage scene. Kanlaya Khoonyindee first opened Anna Thai & Foot Massage in 2004, but after a sabbatical to look after her two small children, the massage centre reopened two years […]
Classified Possibly the best eggs benedict in all the Kung. We’re talking classic benny with serrano ham and hollandaise sauce ($48 for one egg; $92 for two). Or if you’re feeling fancy, try eggs royale with Loch Fyne smoked salmon and hollandaise ($52 for one; $98 for two). Other options include scrambled eggs on sourdough […]