Lost in Causeway Bay: 8 Hours of Discovery

Thursday, July 25, 2019|
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The weekend is upon us again. Are you looking for some new experiences to spend a fun and leisurely day, while not necessarily wanting to venture too far from the city centre? Our team at Walk in Hong Kong has the perfect solution for you. Whether you are a tourist or a local, our curated guide to spending eight hours in the nooks and crannies of Causeway Bay, away from the main streets is sure to amuse you. Over the course of the day, visit seven lesser-known but amazing spots in one of Hong Kong’s busiest districts. Let these places stimulate your taste buds, brain cells, and artistic flair!

11am-1pm: Make your way to Red Pepper for a delicious bite to start your Causeway Bay adventure! This restaurant serves some of the best Sichuanese cuisine in town. Their sizzling prawns – soaked in delicious homemade sauce created from imported Sichuan chilis – are a must-try dish. If you ask nicely, the chefs might even share their recipe with you!

Red Pepper Restaurant

G/F, 7 Lan Fong Road, Causeway Bay

Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

http://www.redpepper.com.hk

2577 3811

 

1pm-2:30pm: What’s better than indulging yourself in fascinating stories about Hong Kong after a hearty meal? Make a visit to the city’s first humanities library hidden in the heart of Causeway Bay! Nose in the Books contains more than 10,000 books covering various topics from Hong Kong urban studies to cinema. These books belonged to a prestigious scholar who resigned from her teaching position to pursue her Buddhist beliefs. Now this library has become a place for those who are passionate to share their stories and knowledge. They host special talks every weekend too, so keep an eye on their website for upcoming events!

Nose in the Books

3/F, 54 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay

Opening hours: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (closed on Mon)

https://www.instagram.com/nose.in.the.books/?hl=en

 

2:30pm-3:00pm: We can’t get enough of these hipster spots! It’s no secret that Causeway Bay is known for its shopping malls and fancy boutiques — and while these are glamorous, sometimes one can get tired of the high-end goods (and their price tags!) If you are interested in taking a break from the over air-conditioned stores and looking to go on a treasure hunt, pay a visit to Luddite, a vintage workwear shop that carries carefully curated items from Europe, America and Japan, and also their own handmade denim products. This shop is hard to find as it is located between car repair shops and dai pai dong (open-air food stalls), but is definitely worth the search.  

LUDDITE

15A Haven Street, Causeway Bay

Opening hours: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. (closed on Sun)

https://www.facebook.com/luddite1811/

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3:00pm-3:30pm: While you’re at it, check out Roadmentic, located just beside Luddite. While both sell vintage goods, they have their own unique styles. Upon entering Roadmentic, expect yourself to be transported through time with its cozy setting along with ongoing romantic jazz music. Their small store is packed with the coolest motorcycle wears and gears. If you have more time, chat with the dapper shop owner Mr. Fat! He’s been in the industry for more than 20 years and his stories are a fascination.

Roadmentic

13A Haven Street, Causeway Bay

Opening hours: 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (closed on Wed)

https://www.facebook.com/roadmentic

3590 8499

 

3:30pm-5:00pm: Tasting Table is like heaven for all culinary enthusiasts. Located inside an apartment building, this store is filled with the best Japanese food products you can find in town. Equipped with a whole kitchen and dining room, their store is designed to allow customers to see, touch and taste their products. Everyone is free to have a tasting experience, with professionals demonstrating how to prepare quick and healthy Japanese meals using their products. To get in, press ‘1A’ in the intercom outside Cleveland Mansion, and they’ll buzz you in! 

Tasting Table

Flat A, 1/F, Cleveland Mansion, 5-7 Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay

Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (closed on Sun)

http://sugarlady.hk/tastingtablejp/index.html

https://tastingtable-japanpremium.hk/

2562 2560

 

5:00pm-6:00pm: If you are into treasure hunting, Kanamono Hardware Store is the place for you. This shop, which is the size of a small bedroom, is filled with handy trinkets, tools, and vintage items. Although the store is only big enough to fit a few people, you can easily get lost here for an hour while exploring the various goods for sale. Make sure to stop by this store if you are looking to find a small treasure to bring home with you. 

Kanamono Hardware Store

G/F, 30B Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang

Opening hours: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Tue-Sun)

https://www.facebook.com/kanamonohardwarestore/

 

6:00pm til you drop: It’s happy hour! Walk a little further east away from the district’s hustle and bustle, and you’ll find yourself standing outside Second Draft, a gastropub with an interior decor inspired by Hong Kong’s famous Star Ferry. This bar is a hit, and won “Best Beer Bar” from the The Bar Awards in 2018. Don’t miss out on their draft beers – all of them are temperature-controlled and some of the best you can find on the Island. Make sure to try their bestsellers: Young Master Brewery’s Cha Chaan Teng Gose, Contemporary Pilsner, and Classic Pale Ale. Order before 8pm to get a 20% discount!

Second Draft

G/F, 98 Tung Lo Wan Rd, Tai Hang

Opening hours: 4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (Mon-Thurs)

4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. (Fri)

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. (Sat)

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (Sun)

https://www.instagram.com/seconddrafthk/

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If you want to discover even more of these hidden gems in Causeway Bay, join us on our new walking tourCauseway Bay Under the Invisibility Cloak,” offered on selected Saturdays this summer! We will show you how the Lee Gardens area is a mishmash of old and new by taking you on a journey through authentic tenement buildings nestled amongst high-rises.

《活現黃霑.重行深水埗 – 導賞團 × 音樂會》

Monday, July 8, 2019|

原來《獅子山下》推出後十幾年曾經無人問津,讓這首歌「復甦」的,是1997年。吳俊雄博士說,「97年香港差不多存亡之際,如果明天你要逃難或者死去,你想留低或帶走甚麼?人們便想回來,真的是《獅子山下》那一段:既是同舟不如相共濟,總算是歡笑多於唏噓。」

在香港難過的六月以後,相信我們每一位對「同舟人 誓相隨 無畏更無懼」又添了新的記憶。時至今天,可能也有畏懼,但願大家仍相隨,共勉之。

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《活現黃霑.重行深水埗 – 導賞團 × 音樂會》

主辦單位:Walk In Hong Kong 活現香港

協辦單位:黃霑書房、Every Life Is A Song 一個人一首歌

場地伙伴:合舍 Form Society

特別鳴謝 We Like HK 冠名贊助

 

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Hong Kong: A Promising Dystopia

Monday, June 24, 2019|
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At first glance, you may think this title is contradictory: how can a dystopia be promising? Hong Kong appears to be a miraculous metropolis trademarked by a spectacular skyline of skyscrapers that symbolize our city’s status as Asia’s financial hub. The business sector hails it as the Promised Land for investors. Yet several cyberpunk movies feature a dystopia set in Hong Kong. How can these contrasting views of this city be reconciled with each other?

Cyberpunk is a genre of science fiction characterized by an oppressed society dominated by technology. Because of the injustice that arises in a lawless society, cyberpunk is often associated with dystopia. The unusual facet of Hong Kong, chaotic visual space and the exotic, slum-like noir of urban areas, has inspired the cityscapes of many cyberpunk movies, from Blade Runner (1982) to Ghost in the Shell (the Japanese anime and the 2017 Hollywood film) to the proposed animation Dragon’s Delusion by local artist Kong Kee. These stories are set in an undesirable future where people are living in an oppressive society dominated by computer technology. It is the eccentric, paradoxical aesthetics of Hong Kong that appeal to many cyberpunk film producers.

You must have heard of the (in)famous quote from George Orwell’s 1984, ‘Big Brother is watching you.’ Orwell’s dystopian narrative is influenced by widespread concerns over extensive surveillance. It is fair to say that if utopia reflects the ideals of the contemporaries, dystopia is a reflection of their anxieties. Fear of authoritarian rule and advanced technology causes people to feel constantly watched. There is no shortage of anxieties in Hong Kong about its future, particularly now.

A dystopian Hong Kong should take credit for being the ‘beacon’ to the world. Not only do the aesthetics of the city give us this title, but Hong Konger’s sentiments do as well. Threats of Chinese control in regard to the extradition bill have caused many to fear for Hong Kong’s political independence. However, in the past few weeks Hong Kongers have inspired the rest of the world with their determination to fight. Hong Kong’s people have risen up and flooded the city center in peaceful protest. In the face of impending dystopia, Hong Kongers are fighting for a better, more promising future — perhaps a Promising Dystopia.

Why are Chinese Vampires Better than Zombies and Mummies?

Wednesday, May 8, 2019|

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Are you afraid of zombies? Do mummies scare you away? If you are not daunted by the living dead, you must be a brilliant warrior when zombies attack. (Let’s hope they won’t.) But even the valiant may find Chinese vampires terrifying. Yes, the Chinese have their own vampires. They are drastically different from zombies and mummies in western popular culture. In addition, they are better than them in some sense. Here’s why.

Starting with their appearance, Chinese vampires look more dapper than western zombies and mummies. Zombies that rise from graves are usually covered in rags. As for zombies manufactured in biochemical experiments, they may wear dull patient clothes. Mummies do not have the best fashion sense either. Wrapped in white cloths, they appear less luxurious and mighty than Chinese vampires. Every Chinese vampire wears a uniform. The uniform resembles the ones worn by officials of the imperial court. A dragon is sewed on a silk cloth of midnight blue.

A key feature of Chinese vampires differentiates them from zombies and mummies. While the latter can walk, jump, and run, Chinese vampires only hop. Their bodies are so hard that they cannot bend their limbs and bodies. You may find it funny, but it proves that they overpower zombies and mummies. Calculation shows that jumping rope burns a lot more calories than running at 7 miles per hour. The same applies to the moving corpses too. Chinese vampires have the stamina to hop as long as they want, while zombies and mummies need to consume something when they are tired.

The discipline of Chinese vampires also deserves our respect. Legends have it that Chinese vampires hop in a line, stretching out their arms to touch the next’s shoulders. They rarely launch lone wolf attacks as zombies and mummies do. So you will definitely be overwhelmed by the assault of Chinese vampires.

Then how can we stop them? Sorry, you can’t. Zombies can be killed if you remove their heads or take out their hearts. Mummies will roam no more if you lock them up in pharaohs’ tombs. But the best fighter just can’t stop Chinese vampires on his or her own. The Chinese say you can only stop a vampire by sticking a yellow paper on his forehead. You have to ask a wizard, who has been trained for years, to write a spell on a yellow paper.

Alright, you already know so much that you’re not supposed to know. If you insist, Walk in Hong Kong can help you enrich yourself with the forbidden knowledge. We are offering ghost tours in Wan Chai. The Chinese have an unusual attitude towards ghosts. Their ancient saint Confucius taught them to be frightened and respectful to gods and ghosts alike. So there are abundant rituals to pay tribute to ghosts. Many of them are beyond our imagination. In our Wan Chai ghost tours, you will know more about the rituals the Chinese perform to feed, pacify, entertain or even bribe ghosts. You can also taste the food that ghosts eat too.

 

What Do Ghosts Eat? Wan Chai Ghosts and Food Tour

Tour Name What Do Ghosts Eat? Wan Chai Ghosts & Food Tour
Date/Time Monday & Friday / 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location Wan Chai
Meeting Point Three Pacific Place, 1 Queen’s Rd East, Wan Chai
Duration Approx. 3 hours
Fee HKD 420 (adult) / HKD 250 (child aged 6-12) [All food tastings included]
Language English
Registration Book Now at http://walkin.hk/tours/ghost-myths/!

 

神.仙.也共融:免費屯門建築導賞團

Tuesday, December 11, 2018|

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種族清洗、恐怖襲擊、宗教迫害,至今於新聞媒體當中仍時有聽聞,背後往往是因宗教信仰之間缺乏了解所致。可幸香港人的宗教自由受法律保障,不同信仰在這蕞爾小島上和平共存,並廣建禮拜場所、慈善機構、學校等,各自的教義與信念也以建築之形式活現於港人眼前。

策劃「神.仙.也共融」導賞團的恩平工商會李琳明中學同學本身擁有不同國籍、文化背景和信仰,希望透過建築導賞團推動共融。導賞團將由專業導賞員引領,跟隨同學所設計的導賞路綫,走訪屯門舊墟一帶的不同宗教建築,探討建築特色與宗教文化的關係,還表達出各種信仰和平共存、互相尊重,以及宗教自由的可貴。

「神.仙.也共融」導賞路綫由恩平工商會李琳明中學參賽隊伍設計
參賽同學:Heung Alyssa Nicavera、Tsang Ka Ki、Loksham Mujoklung、Gurung Metsu、Limbu Samrat、Pascual Nicole Alexis Seleccion

 

導賞團詳情

日期:2019 年 1 月 20 日(星期日)
時間:上午 10 時正至 11 時 30 分
集合地點:香港專業教育學院(屯門)
語言:廣東話
費用:全免(本導賞團由恒隆地產贊助,特此鳴謝。

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  • 天后廟廣場及花炮展覽館——融和中西建築特色
  • 天后橋——行人天橋每米造價百多萬?
  • 伊斯蘭學校——火柴盒校舍洋溢回教文化

 

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