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Sheung Luk Stream, Sai Kung – Streams & Waterfalls

Sai Kung Waterfall Sheung Luk Stream

Me jumping – well it looks scary and yes it is quite scary.

Sheung Luk Stream  behind Tai Long Sai Wan is located in Sai Kung East Country Park. Around a 10 minutes’ walk from Sai Wan are the Four Pools. The upper pool with a 40 ft high vertical cliff standing on its side is the largest and deepest among the four, where you can jump off from a cliff and take some cool pictures. Well – Jump at your own risk!

If you are not into jumping or taking risk, you may also enjoy swimming, picnic or (high) tea  at the pool (My friends sometimes bring a water melon and cool it in the water), especially on a sunny day during the summer time in Hong Kong. Spend an hour there before continuing your walk to Ham Tin Wan where I name it as the best camping site in Hong Kong. Ya – Sai Kung has the best of the best in my eye.

Just a side note – Google map is really helpful on trip planning. Please zoom in and see where the entrance is…The least thing that I want here is people getting lost because of my post :)

How to get there:

  • Take the MTR to Choi Hung (green line), get out at Exit C and get the 1A Green Minibus to Sai Kung (40 mins)
  • Take Minibus 29R or a taxi from Sai Kung town (outside McDonalds) and alight at the Sai Wan Pavilion terminal (30 mins)
  • Follow the signposts and paths directed to Sai Wan (40 mins) where you can find a few stores
  • Walk pass the stores and reach a longer beach of Sai Wan where you should see a stone bridge at the end of it. The opening to Sheung Luk stream was hidden in shrubs next the stone bridge BEFORE crossing the bridge
  • Walk along the stream for about 15 mins you will then reach the Sheung Luk Stream

Exit:

  • Retrace steps until return to Sai Wan and cross the stone beach
  • Follow the MacLehose Trail to Ham Tin Wan (30 mins)
  • Take a speedboat back to Sai Kung Town. ($100, 30mins)

Dragon’s Back – Paragliding

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Hong Kong has about seven approved flying sites suitable for paragliding activities under the appropriate weather conditions. Dragon’s Back, well-known for its hiking route, is also one of the best paragliding sites in Hong Kong.

Talking about benefits of learning paragliding in Hong Kong, a friend said “it looks real cool and special…and everything becomes static when you fly high” and another one said it is “cheaper than learning driving in Hong Kong and you won’t experience traffic jam in the sky.” I wish one day I had chances to learn and enjoy the view Hong Kong in another way. Here I list out details of two paragliding courses offered in Hong Kong.

How to get there:

  • Take a taxi or Citybus no 9 from the bus terminus at exit A3 of Shau Kei Wan MTR Station and drop off at To Tei Wan bus stop on Shek O Road . (20-mins)
  • Next to the bus stop you will see a well-marked path, information board and steps leading up to the Hong Kong Trail and Dragon’s Back.

Exit:

  • Take minibus from Big Wave Big to Shau Kei Wan (holidays only) or walk south along Big Wave Road for 15 minutes to Shek O Road and get No.9 bus from Shek O to the urban areas.


Paragliding courses:

(1) PARAGLIDE HONG KONG
A school which was created to help persons to learn the sport in a safe and enjoyable manner. The instructor with more than 10 years flying experience around the world is certified by the UNITED STATES HANG GLIDING PARAGLIDING ASSOCIATION.

Course Price:
Student Pilot Course HK$7200, min 8-10 lessons
Club Pilot Course HK$1100 per day, around 3-4 days
Contact: http://www.paraglide-hk.com/index.htm

(2) SKY ADVENTURE
Sky Adventure provides private instruction in paragliding for beginners and club pilot license holders. Approved by the government, courses are offered in Ma On Shan and Sai Kung for beginners and Shek O and Lantau for advanced students. Instruction is offered in both English and Chinese. The four-day beginners’ course includes 12 flights. Contact Man Kam-fai for details.

Course Price:
Student Pilot Course HK$4000
Club Pilot Course HK$6800
email: [email protected]
phone: 2488 7688

Photo Credit: joschmaltz

How to get there:

Take a taxi or Citybus no 9 from the bus terminus at exit A3 of Shau Kei Wan MTR Station and drop off at To Tei Wan bus stop on Shek O Road (???) . (20-mins)

Next to the bus stop you will see a well-marked path, information board and steps leading up to the Hong Kong Trail and Dragon’s Back.

Exit:

Take minibus from Big Wave Big to Shau Kei Wan (holidays only) or walk south along Big Wave Road for 15 minutes to Shek O Road and get No.9 bus from Shek O to the urban areas.

Cheung Sha Beach, Lantau – Kayaking

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Photo Credit: sheeprus

Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Lantau
The LCS water sports centre located at the Lower Cheung Sha Village on Lantau Island offers a wide range of seasports activities to satisfy all adventure sport enthusiasts and nature lovers. Kayak rental is available and the equipments are well maintained. Three kinds of kayaks to choose from – 1-seater to 3-seater (all with an open cabin). Keen players can also experience kayak surfing during summer. Adventure seekers may choose to tour to Pui O, Tong Fuk or nearby islands for a hardy excursion at all times.

Facilities: Restaurant, changing Room, watersports equipment rental, shower

Equipment Rental:
– Kayak (1-seater): $180/ Half Day
– Kayak (2-seater): $300/ Half Day
– Kayak (3-seater): $390/ Half Day

Contact details :
LCS water sports centre
29 Lower Cheung Sha Village, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
+852 8104 6222
http://www.longcoast.hk

Opening Hours:
Mon to Fri (10:00 am until sunset)
Sat, Sun & PHs (9:00 am until sunset)

How to get there:
–    Take a ferry at Central Pier No 5 to Mui Wo (45 mins)
–    Then, in Mui Wo take bus no. 1, 2, 3 or 4 to Cheung Sha beach (lower). Take Bus number 1, 2, 3 or 4. Ask the driver to stop at Cheung Sha. (20 mins)

(2)    Cheung Sha Beach

The LCS water sports centre located at the Lower Cheung Sha Village on Lantau Island offers a wide range of seasports activities to satisfy all adventure sport enthusiasts and nature lovers. Kayak rental is available and the equipments are well maintained. Three kinds of kayaks to choose from – 1-seater to 3-seater (all with an open cabin). Keen players can also experience kayak surfing during summer. Adventure seekers may choose to tour to Pui O, Tong Fuk or nearby islands for a hardy excursion at all times.

Facilities: Restaurant, changing Room, watersports equipment rental, shower

Equipment Rental:
– Kayak (1-seater): $180/ Half Day
– Kayak (2-seater): $300/ Half Day
– Kayak (3-seater): $390/ Half Day

Contact details :
LCS water sports centre
29 Lower Cheung Sha Village, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
+852 8104 6222
http://www.longcoast.hk

Opening Hours:
Mon to Fri (10:00 am until sunset)
Sat, Sun & PHs (9:00 am until sunset)

How to get there:
–    Take a ferry at Central Pier No 5 to Mui Wo (45 mins)
–    Then, in Mui Wo take bus no. 1, 2, 3 or 4 to Cheung Sha beach (lower). Take Bus number 1, 2, 3 or 4. Ask the driver to stop at Cheung Sha. (20 mins)

Park View to Stanley (The Twins & 1000 Steps) – Hiking

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Photo credit: joschmaltz

Park View to Stanley via Violet Hill and The Twins

Park View > Violet Hill > Thousand Steps > The Twins > Stanley (Wilson Trail Stage One)

Parkview’s rugged stretches of green, brown and intermittent cement steps offers everything you could want in an urban outdoor experience—zero cars, a great workout, cheerful fellow hikers, interesting terrain and fantastic city and countryside views. And if you start the hike around 9am, you can be in Stanley for a nice brunch.

From Wong Nai Chung Gap, walk up towards Parkview – the red brick buildings and past an artificial lake (Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park) on the right where you can see family or couples doing paddle boating . Stay on the same side as the lake , and walk up for 5-10 mins and you will then find an entrance on the right just before the Parkview. The map shows that you’re walking towards Violet Hill and Stanley – walk up and you will walk pass the side of Park View, and soon you’ll find yourself in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by mountains and valleys, with a view of many of the outlying islands that make up the territory. Most of the paths are concreted with clear signs.

The path leads to the Violet Hill top and then descends to Tsin Shui Wan Au. Everyone rests at this junction to prepare their next destination – Tai Tam Reservoir, Repulse Bay, or the Twins. Stay with the trail and climbing up the Thousand Steps to the Twin peaks to enjoy the whole view of Stanley. (You can’t miss this coz it is the only route going uppppp)

On the way down the second twin, there’s even a lookout point with a panoramic photograph indicating landmarks in view. Once you exit the trail at Stanley Gap, it’s a 10-minute walk or even quicker run down to Stanley. If you can’t wait for lunch or a swim at stanley, jump on a bus or taxi and take you to Stanley in a few minutes.

Length: 4.8 kilometres
Time: 2.0-3.0 hours

How to get there:
–    Bus 6 or 61 from Exchange Square Terminus, Central, to Wong Nai Chung Gap, then walk up to Parkview entrance

–    Stay on the same side as Park View and walk pass the artificial lake (Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park) for 5-10 mins

– The entrance will appear on the right where there is a map saying it leads to Violet Hill

Exit:
–    Catch a bus or taxi to Stanley

 

Click here for detailed route with pictures

Tai Long Sai Wan, Sai Kung – Camping

Tai Long Sai Wan - Best Campsite / 3rd Best Beach in Hong Kong

The ultimate silence campsite

The site lies in Tai Long Sai Wan, which is one of Sai Kung East best scenic spots. It is exactly behind Kap Man Hang Bridge adjacent to the second stage of MacLehose Trail. There is the option to pitch a tent onto the sand on the beach, the panoramic view of the shoreline and off-shore islands is breath-taking. At dawn, a peek out of the tent flaps will garner a beautiful sunrise from the ocean-lined horizon. Tai Long Sai Wan was used to be a typhoon shelter for fishing boats but the High Island Reservoir project blocked the shortcut channel.

Country trails: MacLehose Trail – Stage 2

Facilities: Restaurants, room rental, surf board rental, camping equipment, changing rooms

My favorite restaurant is located at Ham Tin Wan where you can rent tents ($100 for a 2-person tent), sleeping bags ($50) and surf boards (~$100).  I love their quietness and I enjoy spending a starry night with my friends having BBQ and drinks at the restaurant.

On Kee Store

13, Ham Tin Wan Village, Sai Kung, New Territories

Tel: 2328-2262

How to get there:

  • Take the MTR to Choi Hung (green line), get out at Exit C and get the 1A Green Minibus to Sai Kung (40 mins)
  • Take Minibus 29R or a taxi from Sai Kung town (outside McDonalds) and alight at the Sai Wan Pavilion terminal (30 mins)
  • Follow the signposts and paths directed to Sai Wan (40 mins)
  • Follow the beach path to reach the next three beaches: Sai Wan to Ham Tin (40 mins), Ham Tin to Tai Wan (15 mins); Tai Wan to Tung Wan (40 mins)

Exit:

  • You can follow the same way back; or for those lazy ones like me:
  • Ask the restaurant owners to order a boat at Sai Wan or Ham Tin back to either Wong Shek Pier ($80 per head, 20 mins) or Sai Kung Town directly ($100-120 per head, 30 mins)
  • From Wong Shek Pier, you can take bus no. 94 back to Sai Kung Town (30mins)

Otherwise

  • Walk from restaurant at Ham Tin Wan to Chek Keng pier (1 hour)
  • From Chek Keng, you can take a *ferry to Wong Shek Pier (20 mins)
  • From Wong Shek Pier, you can take bus no. 94 back to Sai Kung Town (30mins)
*Available on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays Only, leaving Chek Keng @ 10:20 a.m.11:20 a.m.12:20 p.m.1:20 p.m.2:20 p.m.3:20 p.m.4:20 p.m.5:20 p.m

1st Annual Stand Up Paddle Board Funfest – Ham Tin Beach (30 Sept 2012)

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The 1st Annual Stand Up Paddle FunFest day will be held at Ham Tin Beach (Tai Long Wan), Sai Kung Country Park on Sunday September 30th.Mens, Woman and an OPEN events will be held- start time 11 am, so come join the competition (entry fee: $200) or have fun hanging out at the beach with friends.

A HKD10,000 Performance Epoxy SUP board with Full Carbon Paddle, will be raffled at the beach during the event.

You may also want to go there one day earlier for camping and BBQ at Ham Tin Beach, my favorite campsite in Hong Kong, to avoid the crowd.

Event Date: 30th Sept 2012 (Sun)
Time: 11:00am – Sunset
How to get there: Refer to this post
Registration & More infohttp://www.surfhk.com
Contact[email protected]

 

Ben’s Back Beach Bar at Shek O – Drinking

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Photo creditbradlauster

If you are heading to Shek O for a hike at Dragon’s back or swimming at one of the best beaches in Hong Kong, pass by Ben’s Back Beach Bar in Shek O Back Beach (5-min walk from the main beach) to have some cheap cocktails and enjoy the beautiful sunset of Hong Kong.

Voted by CNNgo as one of the best beach bars, Ben’s Back Beach Bar keeps its warm atmosphere and attracts mostly expats and tourists who wants to have some causal drinks in a relaxing afternoon at the beach. The people are down to earth, the drinks are cheap ($20-$35), and the sunset view is quite amazing. Dogs and family friendly.  An outdoor patio BBQ space is available for reservation.

Price: Cocktail ($25-$35), Beer ($20)
Signature drink: Sex on the Beach ($35)
How to get there:
– Take MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station
– Bus 9 from MTR Shau Kei Wan Station Exit A3 bus terminus and get off at the Shek O Bus Terminus. (30 mins)
– Head towards the colorful houses when entering Shek O Village, and the paved road will lead you to the Back Beach of Shek O. (5 mins)
Address: 273 Shek O Village.
Tel: +852 2809 2268
Open: Tues-Fri 7pm-1am, Sat-Sun 2pm-1am. Closed Mon.

 

Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park – Paddle Boating

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Photo Credit: fung1981, lipjin

Paddle boating is just perfect for family with kids or lazy ones like me, especially the weather is too hot for hiking while you want some outdoor activities under the shadow (cover of the boat). The boating lake I am going to introduce you is located at Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park which is easily reached by public transport within 30 mins.

If you did a hiking trail from Park View to Stanley, you should have passed by this lake before. Take a bus from Central and arrive at Wong Nai Chung Gap road, walk up for 5 mins towards Parkview – the red brick buildings and you will see Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park where locates the artificial lake for boating. Rent a 2-seater pedal boat, 4-seater pedal boat or 2-seater rowing boat and get the game started. You may also bring some bread for feeding the fish and turtles there – they are huge and energetic, and of course get some drinks / food at the kiosk to enjoy at the boat. The lake is operated by the government Leisure and Cultural Services Department, so I think it is pretty safe and you can borrow safety jackets.

Facility: Toilets, a light refreshment restaurant and a light refreshment kiosk

Price:
Four-Seater Pedal Boat (Mon-Fri $100, Sat-Sun $120)
Two-Seater Pedal Boat (Mon-Fri $80, Sat-Sun $100)
Two-Seater Rowing Boat (Mon-Fri$70, Sat-Sun $90)

Open: May to September : 9 am to 7 pm, October to April (of the following year) : 9 am to 6 pm

Tel:  +852 2555 0103

How to get there:
–  Bus 6 or 61 from Exchange Square Terminus, Central, to Gap (30 mins)
– Walk towards Parkview and the lake is on your right (5 mins)

 

 

 

Long Ke Wan at Sai Kung – Beach & Camping

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Looking for beaches or camp sites in Sai Kung and don’t like walking too much, Long Ke Wan beach in Sai Kung will be perfect for you. You could reach this pollution-free beach / campsite within a 20-min walk after a taxi ride from University MTR station.

Take a taxi from Sai Kung Town or MTR University station to “East Dam” of High Island Reservoir, one of the Hong Kong GeoParks, where you can see some rare polygonal volcanic rock columns, and also the huge concrete dolosse units that protect the seafront. Its beauty makes it become a famous pre-wedding picture-taking spot LoL.

After reaching the East Dam of High Island Reservoir, there are only 2 routes – walk down to take a close look of the reservoir or walk up to Long Ke Wan. Walk up for 20 mins (not tough at all – good for family or dog lovers) and you will see the South China Sea on your right and the Long Ke Wan beach in front of you. The building at Long Ke Wan is Long Ke Treatment Centre for drug rehabilitation.

Country Trail: MacLehose Trail – Stage 2 (You can walk there but just not too fun in my opinion)
Facility: No restaurants, Stream water (seasonal supply)

How to get there:
1a.Take MTR to Choi Hung (green line), get out at Exit C and get the 1A Green Minibus to Sai Kung Town (40 mins) OR;
1b. Take MTR to University Station
2. Then take taxi to”East Dam” of High Island Reservoir (30 mins, ~$150)
(my preferred way is through University Station)

Exit:
Simply reverse the way you get there. If you are heading there for weekends, 5-7pm will be peak time and you probably need to call taxi. View this post for Sai Kung taxi numbers

 

Map of Long Ke Wan, Sai Kung, Hong Kong

 

 

Sai Kung Taxi Call Centers & Travel Tips

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If you visit Sai Kung almost every week while getting tired of the traffic jam when you’re leaving Sai Kung. The phone numbers of the key Sai Kung taxi call centers and travel tips below will definitely help.

Sai Kung Taxi Call Centers – Phone Numbers

+852 23830168
+852 2729 6600
+852 2720 6877
+852 2729 1199
+852 2368 1318

Tip#1: Add $10-40 when calling a taxi

If you have tried calling each taxi centers one by one, and no replies after a few attempts. Try to pay some money extra, especially if you are at somewhere remote.

Tip#2: Avoid the traffic jam

The traffic jam usually takes place when you are leaving Sai Kung Town on a sunny perfect day. While most people choose to go back to Sai Kung Town and then Choi Hung MTR station, I suggest people should avoid the peak time (6-8pm). If you are at Sai Kung Town, stay there for dinner and leave after 9pm. If you are in the Sai Kung country side, take taxi to the University MTR station (~$150), and i believe this is the fastest way to get to the city.

Tip#3: Green and Red Taxis

The Red taxis can pass through any areas in Hong Kong while the Green ones can only drive within the New Territories. So try to the Green ones first as they probably know the remote parts of Sai Kung, but remember the Red ones still work in Sai Kung.

Good luck and have a fun trip in Sai Kung.

Andrew

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) in Hong Kong

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Credit: eyesplash

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) has become more popular in Hong Kong these days. The board is more flat than the usual surf board that allows you to stand still more easily – some even bring their dogs on the board or do yoga on it.  Here’s a quick list of where you can rent Stand up paddle boards or take SUP courses in Hong Kong.

1. Stanley Beach (HK Aqua-bound Centre)

HK Aqua-bound Centre (Club ABC) is located at Stanley Main Beach, which you can easily access from the  city centre. While everyone does shopping at Stanley market, why not ride on a stand up paddle board for a few hours? You can do island hopping from Stanley beach to other beaches – Repulse Bay in the west and Shek O in the east. On your own or want to find a guide, you can join their SUP Tour (min. 2 people).

Price for non-members
2-hour Tour   (min. 2 pax):  HK$400.00 per person
1-hour: HK$150.00
3-hour: HK$350.00
1 day: HK$ 500.00

AddressStanley Main Beach
How to get there: Bus Nos. 6, 6x, 260 from Exchange Square (Central MTR Exit A) (30~45mins)
Tel: (852) 8211 3876
Websitewww.aquabound.com.hk
Email[email protected]
Operates: Daily except Tuesday 10:00a.m. to 06:00p.m.

2. Cheung Sha, Lantau Island (Palm Beach Club)

I love Palm Beach Club not only because it is located at one of my favorite beach – Lower Cheung Sha Beach, but also their 3,000 sq.ft. space offers camping and water sports facilities. Take a 5 mins walk to Upper Cheung Sha Beach, enjoy the authentic Thai food after some paddling.

Price:
1 hour: $110 ($88 if over 4 hours)
SUP Lesson (2 hours): $400 pp for 1-3 pax or $300 pp for 4-10 pax

Address: Lower Cheung Sha, Lantau Island
How to get there:
1. Take ferry at Outlying Ferry Pier No. 6, Central to Mui Wo (~30 mins. for fast ferry / ~ 1 hour for ordinary ferry).
2. Then, take New Lantau Bus No. 1, 2, 4 or A35, and get off at Butterfly Crest bus stop at Cheung Sha (~20 mins).
3. Walk to lower Cheung Sha (Cheung Sha Beach is split into 2 parts – the busy part with restaurants is Upper Cheung Sha)
Tel: +852 2980 4822
Website: www.palmbeach.com.hk
Email: [email protected] 

3. Sai Kung Town (Blue Sky Sports Club)

Blue Sky Sports Club is located at the Sai Kung Town where you can paddle to Sharp Island (Kiu Tsui Chau) where you can snorkel over some amazing corals. End the trip with a yummy seafood dinner.

Price:
1 hour: $120
2 hours: $200
3 hours: $280
Sup Beginner Lesson (2.5 hours): $500 per head
Sup Sunset Tour (1.5 hours 6pm-7:30pm): $380 per head
Sup Night Paddle Trip: Call to check pricing

AddressSha Ha Road, Sai Kung (Near Hoi Wan BBQ)
How to get there: Take bus no. 92 or minibus no.1/1A at MTR Choi Hung Station to Sai Kung Town (~30 mins). Then walk towards to pier, turn left, and walk along the coast towards Sha Ha Beach. Sha Ha Road appears on your left just before your reach the beach.
Tel: +852 2792-4938 , +852 3502-1823
Website: www.bluesky-sc.com
Email: [email protected]
**TIPS: Sometimes these centres offer some group buying programs, so google it (groupon + stand up paddle) if you are looking for some discount.

How to feel like Thailand in Hong Kong with $380?

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Wanna head to Thailand but want to save your time and money? Why not stay in Hong Kong and make it feel like Thailand for just HK$200? Here’re the tips for you to turn Hong Kong into Thailand.

1. Pick a Sat with good weather

Hong Kong feels like summer from May to December and you have pretty good chance to experience the sunny days in Hong Kong. Check the weather few days before you plan your trip with Hong Kong Observatory – the most reliable weather forecast. If it shows “sunny” or “sunny with a few rain drops”, it is a hint that you should plan a relaxing holiday.

2. Head to a beach like Koh Samui (My choice: Cheung Sha Beach(Transportation costs ~$80)

Cheung Sha Beach is more isolated than most of other beaches in Hong Kong, yet very convenient to get to (takes around 1 hour from Central). Begin your trip at 2pm to avoid the strong sun, and stay late for dinner and drinks. The beach has everything you want – clean ocean for swimming, surf boards or water sports equipments to rent, and lots of cool restaurants. Take ferry from Central to Mui Wo than bus.  

3. Dine at a Thai Restaurant (My choice: Hide Tide Thai Restaurant) ($150-200)

All restaurants at Cheung Sha are pretty good, especially the Hide Tide – the authentic thai food restaurant where I can order my favorite curry chicken and also their homemade ice-cream. Of course, everyone knows about The Stoep, the South African restaurant which they have live performance at night which makes the beach feel even more like Thailand (Fire ball throwing and live music – good ones). The pizza restaurant next to the Thai place is awesome as well. Yes, dont forget to order a beer.

4. Finish with a massage ($150-200)

Head back to town and get a massage. Not too much a massage person, so here’s the massage suggestions from Timeout HK.

More tips? Relax, slow down, cut BB / iPhone

Well, you can’t stay away from people or facebook in Hong Kong. You may feel suffocated sometimes (or most of the time), but you should tell yourself to slow down and take a big breath before the trip starts.

Have a great weekend!

Andrew