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

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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

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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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回憶的《回憶的香港》

Monday, June 3, 2019|
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《回憶的香港》13場演出圓滿結束。兩年前與風車草結緣,後來在社區訪探的過程,以至終於在台上看見作品順利公演,也成為我們與風車草的美好回憶。

劇場之下,我們與風車草的故事在兩年前發生。兩年前活現香港創辦人Paul與梁祖堯拍攝一個建築主題的廣告而結緣。不論在劇場還是在導賞路線上,我們其實都是說故事的人。討論概念以後,我們非常喜歡這套劇的構思,便開始與創作團隊一起到各個社區搜尋劇中的各個小故事的原形。

這齣劇場的信息,不是刻板的獅子山下刻苦精神,而是屬於香港人的生活趣味。「生活」由許多許多細膩的經驗組成,這些微細而實在的共同經驗,再強的google也搜尋不到。所以風車草團隊與活現香港一起走到不同社區,花了很長時間去考察與訪談,走入中上環、北角、深水埗、油麻地與大澳。兩小時的舞台劇,將巨量的歷史資料和無數小故事濃縮在一起,再以各種藝術形式展現,我們實在佩服他們的恆心與耐性,還有對歷史一絲不苟的認真態度。

《回憶的香港》帶我們回到過去,潛入時代的大是大非以下,找尋各代的香港人日常生活的場域。震動心靈的一刻,是發現原來以為消失得遠遠的東西,仍然很相近。近在眼前,回憶湧現。台燈以外一陣笑聲、一把眼淚。光影對白進入觀眾心中,各自發生不同的回憶。是懷念,是慶幸,是不捨,笑中有淚。看著同一個舞台,每一個人流的眼淚都不一樣,然後,把新的回憶帶回各自的生活。

「回憶」與「資訊」並不一樣,回憶之所以能成為回憶,是因為情感的發生。這些情感自有生命,觸到人的深深處,會留下來,足夠支撐人在歲月。成為在這片土地上的不易走的長路,動力的來源。今天的香港,需要太多理性批判與立場,在爭論之下,還請記得與這份土地的情感扣連。在劇場在表演裏,重新喚起了人對土地的動容,在這個時代,尤為珍貴。

一個人的回憶,把人的一生過往和現在扣上。一片土地的回憶,把一代與一代人連結在一起,憑著共同的回憶,才能聚在一起,共寫未來。如果一片土地的回憶散落了,人便散開了。這是為什麼我們要說故事,繼續說故事,一直一直說下去。

Walk in Hong Kong的話:

Paul Chan 陳智遠:

好榮幸有份參與呢個製作,呢一年多同整個製作團隊遊走香港,對自己來講都係一次soul searching嘅過程。

睇完之後亦有一份莫名嘅感動,感受到所有人都將自己最好嘅才華及創意傾注入來,裡面提到好多嘅人與事都認識,透過劇作又再將佢地微妙地連結;更重要係感受到有關香港回憶嗰份溫度、質感、細膩,好像伸手就可觸碰得到。

而大約兩個鐘嘅歷程,不同的片段也浮現:父母一輩顛沛流離嘅經歷、自己在香港成長嘅點滴、香港經歷嘅大起大跌、六年前開始帶人認識香港嘅體會與領悟。

當然,亦認識了一班好了不起嘅朋友,透過才華及對自己地方的感情,製作左一次窩心嘅劇場體驗。完場時九位創作成員謝幕時,阿祖突然邀請自己作為「第十位」創作成員上台致謝,確實好意外呀,亦都心存感激;同大家一齊鞠躬嗰一刻,真心想同大家講,真心的,對於自己而言,今次同樣係人生一次最奇妙同難忘嘅旅程。

Olivia Tang:

能夠帶咁多位出色嘅話劇人遊走香港各區,係小女子莫大嘅榮幸!多謝你哋全心付出製作咗一個咁有意義,感動人心嘅表演。睇咗你哋嘅演繹,對我地帶導賞,講故事嘅工作有好大嘅啟發。希望不久嘅將來我哋再有合作機會,我哋會繼續買飛睇你哋嘅表演,支持你地!

Meiling:

中學時代的我曾辦劇社,與喜歡舞台劇的人一起向觀眾說故事。那時候,我真的不知道甚麼叫真正的舞台劇。

這次我非常榮幸可以和風車草劇團製作團隊一同深入大澳棚屋家庭,感受他們的一天生活,尋找尋於他們的回憶。幾個月後,再親眼目賭這班有心人將那些動人故事活現眼前,那心思、那演繹、那真情,教曉我何謂真·舞台劇!看完《回憶的香港》,真讓人有種「往事只能回味」的感覺 … …

感動,香港有你們!期待你們更多的好作品☺

Samson:

對於九十年代出世、成長於千禧年代嘅小弟,《回憶的香港》劇中有好多情節自己都冇親身經歷過,但係話劇就好似一部時光機、一個窗口咁,將香港黃金時代嘅集體回憶活現眼前。感謝風車草劇團一班團員,用一個馬騮架、一個沙池、一連串一代人嘅共同經歷,帶畀觀眾一個難忘嘅晚上。

Janice Yeung:

喺七八十年代長大嘅小朋友好似有好多好開心集體回憶,今次多得《回憶的香港》可以畀我哋呢班九十後了解吓,多謝你哋。唔知十幾年後,我哋呢代人仲有冇機會做到呢件咁有意義嘅事呢⋯⋯?

Ling Chu:

Walk in Hong Kong social media小打雜,上文的筆者。感激風車草把香港記憶化為動人戲劇。回憶在笑聲與眼淚中昇華,浪漫又美麗

關於維城界石與1903年

Friday, May 10, 2019|
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上個月尾,我們進行了期待已久,堪稱「勞師動眾」的<活現五年「重行」系列:《點對點》× 活現香港 維城界石導賞團>。早上在戲院上映五週年特別放映的《點對點》,下午是界石導賞團。導賞員請了《點對點》導演黃浩然,重新回到他首部電影拍攝現場,五年後,他的第二套電影DVD 也出了,景物變化不少,尤幸這些界石還在。另一位主力講者是《電影現場之旅》作者奇夫先生,他既是電影迷,也是一個歷史痴。黃浩然說:「香港地只有兩個痴線佬,可以憑任何一套戲的任何一格畫面,便知道真實場地和歷史故事,其中一個就是奇夫。」能請到他們一起探訪六個界石,算是對得起站在香港邊緣100 年的界石們了。

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說「勞師動眾」,除了配合放映安排,因報名人數多,我們安排了兩部28 座旅遊巴,因為有些路段太窄,大旅遊巴進不去,幸好兩位司機靈活應對交通情況,使每一站的行程都沒有誤點。原本界石團計劃在早一日進行,結果那天滂沱大雨,而界石團當日,不雨也不曬,清風陣陣,使需要點體力的導賞團的氣氛「幸福」得多。最後導賞團沒有over run ,準備了的都完成了,由跑馬地走到西寧街,我們與團友笑說,天時地利人和讓大家完成了mission impossible

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即使辦一個這樣的活動對我們來說很有挑戰性,但是能見證一行幾十人與六個界石相遇,是一件讓我們感動又激動的事情。古跡存在的意義,在於他們與今世現在的人繼續發生不完的故事。因為我們不遺忘,不忘記界石豎立的1903 年,記得城市的發現,因而更珍惜現在與未來。

我們實在很高興見到這些像是不起眼的,沒有被裝裱高掛的百年文物,沒有被遺忘。

這個導賞團,感謝奇夫先生的用心策劃,從頭到尾像一本嚴謹的書,有序言,分了不同章節,借著六個界石細說這個城市來路,由一片死地,重生,然後繁盛起來,成為你和我今天的香港。我們今天常說「The city is dying 」,原來一個世紀以前的香港,的確是一片「死地」。1903 年香港總人口為32 萬,當時香港市面最重大的事件,是19 世紀末至20 世紀初多次爆發的鼠疫,共2 萬人死亡,即是每16 個香港人便有一個病死,有超過三分一人因此逃離香港,鼠疫重災區上環太平山一帶隨處是死屍,衛生環境不堪,香港民不聊生,一片死城。

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當時的政府決定重力整治香港市況,1903 年,政府頒布《醫務衛生及建築條例》,推行城市清潔、屋宇改造和防鼠患蚊患滋生和蔓延的計劃,至此香港的環境衛生才有較大改善。當時那些建築條例包括樓宇之前的距離,即是現在電視常出現的闊後巷場景,也是是因當時而產生。隨著全港性的條例強力執行,香港的城市規劃亦慢慢開始成形,政府需要劃定城市的邊界,我們看到的界石亦開始豎起,即使今天有些已不在原地,他們也曾經面直直地面向好幾代人,告訴他們說這裏就是香港的維多利亞城。

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1903 年香港電車開始鋪設路軌,同年港府致電殖民地部要求速建九廣鐵路,據聞當初的藍圖是一路能通穿歐亞。最高法院也在1903 年進行奠基禮,由當時港督卜力揭幕,英軍醫院也是1903 年開始興建。往後一百年間,香港由一座人人爭相逃離的死城,慢慢發展出完整的市內交通,對外經濟貿易,以及優良的法治與福利,人口遷入,成為一個繁盛的城市。

界石團當日,正是反引渡條例修訂大遊行,奇夫在導賞團的終章說:「香港由一個人人逃走的城,變成一個人人逃來的地方,今天又要逃走了,或者是被捉走。」會心一笑,能意會的,通了歷史,通了未來。2019 4 28 日,維城界石導賞團以半個感謝歷史的微笑,加上半個盡在無言的苦笑結束。

啟迪未來建築師:巴馬丹拿集團 × 活現香港 Inspiring Future Architects: P&T Group × Walk in Hong Kong

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有冇諗過四十年後嘅中環地標建築會係點嘅樣?Walk in Hong Kong 活現香港最近再次同屹立香港 150 年嘅建築師樓巴馬丹拿集團合作,將導賞團結合模型工作坊同建築師分享會,啟迪小朋友欣賞建築嘅唔同可能性,再將自己心目中嘅建築設計活現眼前,向成為未來建築師之路進發。唔知今日喺模型裏面見到嘅大廈,四十年後會唔會成真呢?

How would our CBD look like 40 years from now? Last month Walk in Hong Kong worked with architectural firm P&T Group to organize a series of walking tours, workshops and architects’ talks. Youngsters were able to walk into the skyscrapers of our city to appreciate their cutting-edge architectural features, before showcasing their creativity and imagination in the architectural designs they create with building blocks. Will the designs by these budding architects dominate the skyline of Hong Kong in 2059?

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城市,由無數建築師嘅夢想交織而成。香港歷史最悠久嘅建築事務所巴馬丹拿集團 1868 年起為我城「築夢」,一百五十年來成就中環無數建築。香港人非常熟悉嘅畢打行、怡和大廈(康樂大廈)、交易廣場、渣打銀行大廈等等,通通都係巴馬丹拿歷年來嘅作品。巴馬丹拿將最先進嘅建築技術引入香港,又將香港嘅獨特經驗帶到全世界。

Rome was not built in a day. It takes more than a century to shape a city. Likewise, it takes decades to realize an architect’s dream. Since 1868, architects and engineers at P&T Group (formerly Palmer and Turner) have been realizing their dreams in the course of incarnating Hong Kong’s urban landscape. P&T Group played a crucial role in designing the city’s skyline — over 20 existing buildings in Central, including Exchange Square, Jardine House, Bank of China Building and Standard Chartered Bank Building (SCBB). They are the masterpieces of P&T over the years. It introduced cutting-edge building technologies to Hong Kong while at the same time leveraging local expertise and knowhow in high-density developments around the world.

過去半年間,活現香港有幸同巴馬丹拿集團合作籌劃建築導賞團,帶領參加者重新認識中環區嘅建築同發展歷程。我哋翻箱倒籠檢閱巴馬丹拿歷代建築師嘅手稿同圖則,又訪問集團內嘅資深建築師,用導賞團訴說中環以至香港嘅建築故事。舊年 11、12 月舉行嘅「築城香港百五載:巴馬丹拿中區建築行」公眾導賞團深受歡迎,超額報名接近十倍!

Walk in Hong Kong is honoured to work with P&T Group to curate a series of architectural walking tours. We had the opportunity to dig into the firm’s archives of drawings and photos. We also interviewed key architects like Remo Riva, the chief architect of the Exchange Square and SCBB projects, and heard insider stories and lesser-known facts about P&T’s various works in Central. When we formally launched the resulting “150 Years Sculpting Hong Kong’s Skyline” public tours in November and December 2018, they were oversubscribed 10 times!

今年適逢第十六屆威尼斯國際建築雙年展香港回應展,巴馬丹拿集團同活現香港再次聯手,喺 3 至 4 月舉辦結合導賞團、工作坊同建築師分享會嘅一連串「城市之夢 。與未來建築師同行」活動,希望啟發年輕一代成為未來建築師。活動主打 10-15 歲嘅青少年,參加者首先參加導賞團,由我哋嘅導遊 Olivia 由中環建築出發認識基本建築概念,然後再喺展城館用積木堆砌心目中嘅新一代中環建築。見到參加者將公共空間、行人天橋系統呢啲喺導賞團介紹過嘅 P&T 創新意念用喺自己嘅設計裏面,Olivia 都非常之感動,大讚呢班未來建築師創意無限!

As part of the 16th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition – Hong Kong Response Exhibition events, we adapted the public tour itinerary into a version that will inspire teenagers, and tied it with the architectural model workshops and architects’ sharing sessions P&T organized. Aspiring young participants had the chance to see the masterpieces by P&T architects and applied what they learn in designing the future cityscape. We are so glad to be part of this one-of-a-kind architectural education event.