City Spotlight | Lamma Island: Precious urban oasis
What of this lush urban oasis? A bustling metropolis, tranquility of nature, neon-lit, east-west, frantic lives lived in overdrive. The most extraordinary thing about Hong Kong is its ability to transform itself from concrete jungle to pristine nature, seemingly within minutes. One of the most popular destinations to experience said transformation is Lamma Island.
Trail Running or: How I learned to stop worrying and fall in love with Hong Kong again
It's no secret that big cities have a mental health problem. No doubt the frenetic pace, always-on culture, gridlocked roads and jam-packed subways all play a role. Studies have shown that incidences of depression are 20% higher among city-dwellers than those who live outside the city. Add to that the ongoing COVID-19 global health pandemic and a looming economic crisis and you have a recipe for a potential mental health crisis. But I have a secret weapon that helps keep me sane: trail running.
City Spotlight | Running in Circles: Peak Circle Run, Victoria Peak
"When I'm running I don't have to talk to anybody and don't have to listen to anybody. This is a part of my day I can't do without."
Hong Kong’s #WeekendWarriors: Outside the 9-5 hustle
Fast-paced, bustling, and always on the go— they say a New York minute is equal to a Hong Kong second. The city is no stranger to the hectic demands of the corporate world. Revered as one of the biggest financial hubs in Asia, Hong Kong is home to hundreds of sizable businesses, banking institutions, and multinational corporations.
City Spotlight | K-Town Chow Down
For the longest time, Kennedy Town or K-Town (not Koreatown or Kenosha, Wisconsin) was an almost mythical seaside locale. With enough distance from major commercial hubs without any convenient transportation links to brandish local mindsets with plenty of "Oh, man. That's way too far," excuses. Today, this major transport artery allows more people-Qi to flow through the Western District, and K-Town has become a go-to dining destination in recent years. Here are some of the best eateries to check out next time you head down to K-Town for some seaside contemplation.
City Spotlight | Cheung Chau: A Day Trip To Long Island
Cheung Chau is an outlying island 10 kilometers southwest of Hong Kong Island. Literally 'Long Island' (長洲) in Cantonese but nicknamed 'Dumbell Island' (啞鈴島) due to its perceived shape – in truth, it's more of a blurry cartoon running man. Perceptions of form aside, Cheung Chau is perhaps the least known of the more famous island destinations in the city, the others being Lantau and Lamma. It's just as easy to get to via ordinary and fast ferry options from Central Pier 5 on HK Island and even other island piers like Mui Wo on Lantau and Peng Chau.
City Spotlight | Kennedy Town: Echoes of Time
For over a century, Kennedy Town remained in sleepy isolation. A new MTR station in 2014 opened the gentrification floodgates, finally, blossoming from seedy colonial underbelly to world city district.