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DETOUR Hong Kong 2010

When: November 26 – December 12, 2010
Where: Victoria Prison on Old Bailey Street in Central
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 12 pm – 7 pm
—  ——Friday – Sunday: 9 am – 11 pm
WEBSITE: http://www.detour.hk/index.php

Last year's DETOUR was held at the old Married Police Quarters in Central. Exhibits were displayed in small rooms on boths sides of the building.

DETOUR is an annual large-scale event that showcases avant-garde design and artwork from local Hong Kong talent and international artists. To me, it is a testament to the rapidly emerging art scene in a city filled with diversity and creativity. DETOUR is a two-week series of events with a main anchor site filled with exhibitions, public art displays, and interactive installations. This year, the anchor site is the old Victoria Prison in Central. It is transformed into a splendid public space for artwork, design and music; something you wouldn’t necessarily expect in this old building.

The most impressive part about DETOUR is the intelligent use of public space for showcasing talent. Last year, DETOUR’s main anchor site was at the old Married Police Quarters in Central. It is an abandoned building, but they transformed it into a vibrant and bustling space. I was absolutely blown away by the numerous small exhibits with interactive art and design.

If you have the chance, I absolutely recommend visiting DETOUR this year. It will leave you with a greater appreciation for design, shapes, art, color and most importantly: creativity and imagination.

Here are some photos from last year’s DETOUR 2009:

A room filled with interesting flourescent orange bubbles!

Photos representing Hong Kong. In this photo, it depicts the hustle bustle of the MTR.

Public art. These artists are painting a large mural for public viewing.

 

 

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Ho Choi Seafood Restaurant
3-4/F, China Resources Building
26 Harbour Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

My friend Kitty took me to dim sum at Ho Choi restaurant, located in Wan Chai. It was quite delicious, so I went back and took my friends when they came to visit Hong Kong. Ho Choi may be a bit tricky to find because it’s in the business district surrounded by several office towers, hotels and government buildings. Just look for the China Resources Building and it’s on the third floor.

Most dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong offer the standard dishes that you’ll find everywhere. However, many places have their specialty dim sum dishes that you won’t find at other restaurants. Ho Choi’s specialty dishes are quite flavorful and unique. You should try an array of dim sum, including their delicious dumplings in soup broth. The preparation and presentation of dim sum is fabulous at Ho Choi and the food will surely satisfy your stomach!

Kitty and I. She knows about all of the great food in Hong Kong!

Pigeon

Reece's favorite food: pigeon!

I also took my friends to eat dim sum too.

A sweet and sour-type sauce to pour on top of crunchy chips

One of their specialties: wontons in a flavorful soup broth

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Halloween 2009 in Hong Kong

Crowds, crowds, and more crowds. If you’re planning on celebrating Halloween in Hong Kong, most people head to Lan Kwai Fong to take part in festivities. Unlike most nights here, you’ll see people of all ages from young children to teenagers to adults. Here, they come to people watch, marvel at elaborate costumes, and simply take part in this fun holiday.

But beware! The crowds are enormous. You won’t be able to mingle freely around the area. Instead, the police set up barricades and people are herded into the area and out of the area. There are SO many people cramped together that it almost seems like we’re a herd of sheep. Last year, it took us about one hour to walk through the area. Lan Kwai Fong is a great area for people who have never experienced Halloween in Hong Kong, but it’s quite hectic! My friends and I went to Lan Kwai Fong, then headed over to Wan Chai to meet up with our Japanese and Korean friends. It was much more low-key, but still very fun!

Cats for Halloween!

 

Entering Lan Kwai Fong

As you can see, there are so many people crammed together to walk through the area.

 

Some people dressed up as Jabawokeez, a popular dance crew from the United States

A mother wanted us to take a photo with her children

Another fun event around this time is the Ocean Park Halloween Bash. Ocean Park is a normal theme park, but during the month of October, they transform it into a Halloween-themed area with spooky mazes, special on-stage shows, and monsters, goblins and scary creatures are all around the park trying to scare you. It’s a fun even that only comes to Hong Kong one time during the year!

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One of my articles was recently published on CNNGo. It’s all about the most delicious, mouth-watering food in Tai Po, Hong Kong – a true hidden gem in the city. CNNGo is one of my all-time favorite websites because it gives you an in-depth, insider’s guide to traveling in Asia! Click HERE to read my article!

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Believe it or not, bike riding does exist in this city. Sure, Hong Kong is a bustling metropolitan city with tall buildings and skyscrapers, but there are trails out there for people like you and I who want to take in a good, relaxing afternoon ride. Your best bet for actual bike trails is in the New Territories, for the most obvious reasons: space. It is very rare to see anyone bike riding in the more popular areas of Hong Kong such as Central or Tsim Sha Tsui because everything is so compact. But fear not! The New Territories has plenty of trails for those yearning to ride a bike.

My friends and I rented bikes just outside the MTR stop at Tai Wai. There are several bike rental shops in this area, so you’ll be able to find them easily once you exit the station. It’s pretty simple. You rent a bike at Tai Wai for around $35 HKD (approx. $6 USD), and return it in Tai Wo. They’ll give you a map with directions of where to return the bikes, so you don’t have to worry about making a round-trip back.

The distance from Tai Wai to Tai Wo is approximately 8 miles, and it’s a paved pathway. On the way, you’ll be strolling right along the water with tranquil scenery. Plus,  It’s the perfect afternoon activity for those looking for good physical exercise in Hong Kong!

Beginning our journey in Tai Wai

Taking in the scenery!

That's me!

A view from the bike path

Resting in Tai Wo

Hanging out in Tai Wo

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Tsui Hang Village Restaurant
G/F, Miramar Shopping Centre
132 Nathan Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel: 2376 2882

Shrimp

This is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in Hong Kong, and I would highly recommend eating here if you are ever in this city. My friend Kitty introduced me to Tsui Hang Village a while back, and since then, I’ve come back on numerous occasions with friends and family. There are three locations: Tsim Sha Tsui, Central and Sai Kung. I’d suggest going to the Tsim Sha Tsui location because it has the nicest atmosphere and the food tastes slightly better, in my opinion. Everything at Tsui Hang Village restaurant is so flavorful and unique in its own way.

The baked crab.

Tofu, Scallops and Vegetables

Whenever I’m here, I always order the baked crab. It takes around 20 minutes to cook, but it is well worth the wait because it has such a distinct, flavorful taste. The crabmeat is shredded, mixed with other ingredients, and baked to perfection. I’d also recommend the sweet and sour shrimp. This doesn’t seem like the typical dish you’d eat at a Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong – especially since it seems a bit Westernized – but it is absolutely mouth-watering. Its rich and savory taste will make you wanting to come back for more! Another recommendation is the tofu, scallop and vegetable mix. It is a wonderful combination mixed with a delicious sauce that blends everything so well together.

I could go on and on about other wonderful dishes here, but I can honestly say that mostly everything tastes delicious. It’s one of the many reasons why Tsui Hang Village is one of my top restaurants in Hong Kong!

My friends eating the delicious food!

Chow mein noodles

Duck tongue

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Spring Deer Restaurant
2/F, 42 Mody Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel: 2366 4012

Our chef preparing the Peking duck

Spring Deer is located on the second floor of an old, run down building in one of the less crowded areas of Tsim Sha Tsui. It’s not hard to find, but don’t expect a fine-dining Peking duck experience. Once you walk up the stairs to the second floor, you’ll see people sitting on round tables with plain white tablecloths while chefs carve the duck on rolling metal carts. My friends and I ate here on a weeknight, but it was quite crowded nevertheless. We ordered a whole Peking duck, vegetables and noodles. The thinly sliced duck skin tasted delicious in between the warm Chinese pancake. In my opinion, the pancake is just as important as the duck skin – it needs to be a perfect pairing. Many restaurants have different types of pancakes, but Spring Deer’s was thicker than most. Because of this, it slightly took away from the crisp, delicate flavor of the duck, which should be most prominent when eating Peking Duck. However, we had an overall delicious meal. I would recommend making reservations a few days before you dine here because it is known to have long waits. Some people even make reservations a week or two before!

My friends and I - ready to eat a delicious meal!

The exterior of the building. Spring Deer is located on the 2nd floor.

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