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ISSUE 198 16 SEPTEMBER 2013

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T H E M A G A Z I N E T H AT K N O W S

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CONTENTS

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05 Editor’s Letter 06 Guestlist

Make a Date

Don’t miss Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” on September 25.

08 Wishlist

Trend Watch

Color blocking is back in vogue, but tartan checks are getting old.

Lookbook

Tricia Buser of My Musical Studio shares all of her favorite things.

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12 Feature

Get Outta Town

Kate Springer and Andrea Lo round up 10 ways to enjoy the great outdoors.

15 Recipe

Madam Sixty Ate’s Duck Dish

Learn how to cook up the perfect duck with help from Secret Ingredient.

50 HIDEAWAY

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Tap Mun

Escape the city and explore this peaceful fishing community in Sai Kung.

KNOW & TEL

Island Guide p.18

Alfresco Venues p.24

Outdoor Gear p.28

Gardening p.32

Outdoor Furniture p.36 3


Th e M aga z i n e That K n ow s

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editor’s letter Here Comes the Sun

After a long, wet, muggy summer, we cannot wait to get outside and explore Hong Kong. Beautiful weather is coming, and this issue of The List should ensure that you’re prepared! For those who’d rather not break a sweat, we’ve covered everything from easy island day trips (p.18) to outdoor party spots for the inevitable shindig (p.24). But we’re not all cocktails and lazy lunches here. Our list of outdoor gear on p.28 should help you get kitted out for the most trying of treks, and we’ve even mapped out a few hiking trails to get you started. Lucky enough to have a rooftop or one of those elusive backyards? Fulfill all of your gardening needs with our spread of nurseries and landscapers on p.32. And for those who just want to kick back and relax at home, flip to p.36 where we’ve cobbled together a list of outdoor furniture stores to help you stock up on lounge chairs. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Kate Springer Editor

CONTACT ME I’d love to hear from you! kate.springer@hkmagmedia.com Follow me on Twitter: @KateSpringer

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Guestlist

Make a Date Our Picks for the Month

Sep 25-29 The Taming of the Shrew Dust off that old monologue skull: Shakespeare’s back. The playwright’s most controversial comedy is coming to the APA, and its arrival marks the first time that London’s Globe Theatre has sent its legendary company to Hong Kong. Need a refresher? When two wealthy sisters in Padua need to be married off, the lovely Bianca has no shortage of suitors. Katherina, on the other hand, has a mean streak, and it’ll take all of the gold-digging Petruchio’s might to drag her to the altar. 7:30pm every night, with additional 2:30pm showings on Sep 28-29. Lyric Theatre, Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Rd., Wan Chai, 2584-8500. $295-695 from www.hkticketing.com.

Sep 18, 25

Sep 15 The Carnival This event is a Caribbean-themed food and music party taking place at The Space in Sheung Wan. Stop by to munch on flavorful eats—think Mission-style burritos and Jamaican jerk meat—prepared by chefs Lori Granito of new restaurant Little Burro and Jack Carson of Restoration. DJs and a reggae band will kick-start the party at noon, so get there early. Noon-10pm. The Space, 210 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan. $150-350 in advance from earbelly-carnival.eventbrite.hk or $200-400 at the door. Tickets include different deals; check event website for details.

For the Ladies If you fancy a night on the town but don’t want to break the bank, check out these upcoming drink promotions. Boujis has launched a happy hour that runs Wednesdays to Fridays, and includes British-themed cocktails such as Pimm’s for only $50. On the other hand, new Spanish resto Catalunya is hosting a ladies’ night every Wednesday, which offers a two-for-one deal on a range of mixology cocktails. Boujis: 6-11pm. 37 Pottinger St., Central, 2324-0200. Catalunya: 6pm. G/F, Guardian House, Oi Kwan Rd., Wan Chai, 2866-7900.

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Boujis


Sep 27 Dance@Central Open House Want to try out dance classes without any commitment? To celebrate its first anniversary, Dance@Central studio is offering a day of free classes. There are tons of different styles of dance to suit everyone—classes range from salsa and ballet to hip-hop. Various times. Dance@Central, 3/F, Eurasia Building, 6 Stanley St., Central, 5115-2952. Free. Visit www.centraldancehongkong.com for complete schedule.

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Sep 22 Dynamic Duo When writing about the partnership of Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova and French pianist Cédric Tiberghien, the Times of London declared that “both of these players have the potential to conquer the world.” There’s only one way to find out, and that’s to catch this highly hyped duo live during their one-night-only swing through town, when they’ll play a selection of three Beethoven violin sonatas, including the monumental “Kreutzer.” 8pm. Concert Hall, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central. $80-480 from www.urbtix.hk.

Readers’ Choice Awards: Get your votes in by Sep 15 for a chance to win a stay at the W Singapore - Sentosa Cove and a Saffron quilt cover set from Linen House. That’s not all: Sign up for the Linen House newsletter via the voting form and enjoy 15 percent off your first purchase! Vote now at www.thelist.com.hk/rca

Makeup brand MAC launched its new fall collection at ArtisTree last month, where models tried out the latest products and later performed a short sketch on stage. The city’s party-loving personalities and beauty editors alike turned out en masse for the party.

Want to see your event featured here? Send invitations to thelist@hkmagmedia.com

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wishlist

Trendwatch men in pink From casual mountain-man flannels to sexy dress shirts, the autumn line from Thomas Pink is full of handsome looks. Inspired by British motor racing and a dash of eccentricity, the AW13 collection blends playful weekend wear, subtle textures and bright colors. And it’s not all shirts—don’t miss the silk ties, smart blazers and super soft cashmere accessories. Shop B67, B/F, The Landmark, 12-16 Des Voeux Rd. Central, 2155-9671, www.thomaspink.com

Fashion Forecast This fortnight’s style digest

Color Blocking We love this bold and basic look that’s popping up on every block.

Hot

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$10,000, Celine bag from www.bkrm.com

Monochrome There’s nothing more classic than a black-and-white palette. Play it up with some asymmetrical patterns. $455, from Edit

Rompers We’re torn on this shirt-shorts combo. As far as kinderinspired attire goes, it’s better than a skort.

Tartan Flair Feeling Free? Bohemian brand Free People has launched its first pop-up shop in Hong Kong at ultra-trendy LAB Concept in Admiralty. Though we’d obviously prefer a standalone store, the temporary shop-in-shop set up is an agreeable compromise. Though the spread is kind of lean, you’ll find the brand’s signature flowy frocks, airy tunics and soft sweaters, plus a few oversized plaid shirts that look perfect for fall weekends. The pop-up doesn’t have an official end date, but it’s probably best to make a trip as soon as possible. LAB Concept, Queensway Plaza, 93 Queensway, 2118- 3599, www.labconcepthk.com

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Doesn’t anyone get tired of sporting the same-old checks?

Sequined Stuff If it looks like you could make it at home, you probably can. $880, from Swatch

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Lookbook my favorite things

Revue Thommen Watch My husband is a third-generation Swiss watchmaker, so I can’t leave the house without a watch! This is one of my favorites; it looks quite classic but the skeleton frame keeps it interesting.

Aromakids Mozzie Spray I’ve been using this since I had my eldest child, who is now 4 years old. The citronella smells good, and it’s a natural mosquito repellant. We always use this whether just going to the Jockey Club at Bea’s River or Stanley... you never know when mosquitoes will strike!

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Tricia Buser The director of My Musical Studio, co-founder of Biz & Passions Holdings Limited and a mother of three, Tricia Buser does it all! She carves out some time to tell The List about the things that keep her busy life in order. www.mymusicalstudio.com, www.bizandpassions.com

This lip gloss is the perfect shade for my skin tone. I can use it by itself or as a finish to another coat of lipstick. Whenever I find myself in airports, I stock up on this color!

Susan sng purse My dear friend Susan Sng introduced this to me from her own line. It has small medicine holders inside, but I use it for holding my coins or storing my jewelry when traveling. I love it so much that I got a couple as gifts for friends!

Mac Prep + Prime Being busy is not an excuse for looking tired! I just started using this a few months ago and have been very happy with the results— it hides dark circles and brightens up my eyes.

Canon EOS I love how it takes such good photos from everyday happenings to documenting shows that we stage. It has an HD function for videos and is hi-resolution enough to use for marketing materials.

Manuka Honey While living in Europe doing musicals, I had to take good care of my voice. I found that drinking honey in hot water soothed my throat every time. Now, I need my voice to run the business and keep my kids in line!

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Octagon Mirror

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Paris Cushion

$300

Ceramic Vase Garden Stool

$350

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Get Outta Town Make the most of Hong Kong’s gorgeous fall weather with Kate Springer and Andrea Lo’s lineup of outdoor fun.

View of Shek O from Dragon’s Back hike

1Paddle away

Nestled in the hills just by Tai Tam, Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park boasts a range of facilities that are fun for kids and adults. Hire a two- or fourperson paddle boat, and spend a whole afternoon relaxing and exploring the lake. The water is home to hungry ducks and koi aplenty, so don’t forget to pack some bread! Tai Tam Reservoir Rd., Wong Nai Chung, 2555-0103

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go to market

The Island East Markets started up again on September 15. You can head to Quarry Bay every Sunday from 11am to 6pm to browse through all kinds of local handcrafts and organic food. There are live performances and games too, so be sure to check the website for events. Don’t leave your pooch cooped up at home—this is a dog-friendly spot. Tong Chong Street, TaiKoo Place, Island East, Quarry Bay, hkmarkets.org

Island East Markets

3Feed a lion

When the sun hits just right—or you’ve had a few Tsingtaos—you might actually spot a lion’s face looking down from Lion Rock Park. Until then, you may as well enjoy a belly-full of honey-glazed meat and lush green surroundings. The picnic site has 26 barbecue pits, comfortable benches and spacious picnic tables. Insider Tip: Purchase your supplies at Taste in Festival Walk beforehand, as there are not many facilities near the park. Lion Rock Park, Kowloon Tong

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One-Thirtyone

Wong Nai Chung Gap Trail


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Hit the beach

Great food, easy access, swimmable waters and a happening nightlife scene make Shek O a one-of-akind retreat. On weekends and holidays, though, be prepared to battle for a spot on the sand. While the water is not Hong Kong’s best, the public barbecue site is one of the largest in town with 39 pits. You can either try your luck at an empty public pit, or reserve one of the privately run barbecue spots right on the beach. If you want to burn some calories before pigging out, take the two-hour Dragon’s Back hiking trail from Chai Wan Cemetery. You’ll be rewarded with amazing views as you descend upon Shek O beach.

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Strike a bargain

4Find your roots

Photo Credit: Justin Gaurav Murgai

Unleash your inner tree-hugger and make a date with nature at The Organic Farm, where you can tend to your own field, harvest vegetables or attend one of the farm’s DIY workshops. The educational sessions cover everything you need to know about organic farming, but you’ll need to book your visit at least four weeks in advance. DD 110, Tsat Sing Kong, Kam Tin, Yuen Long, 2483-9966, the-organic-farm.com.hk

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Keep a secret

Sai Kung’s One-Thirtyone is one of those “hidden gems” that’s hard to keep secret—for good reason. The French restaurant sits in an idyllic spot overlooking the water and seats a mere 20 people. Needless to say, to sample the restaurant’s esteemed menu and gorge on the views, you’d better reserve your table way ahead. 131 Tseung Tau Village, Shap Sze Heung, Sai Kung, 2791-2684

Looking for a taste of old Hong Kong? Head straight to the outdoor Cat Street Market in Sheung Wan, where you’ll find all kinds of antiques, jade jewelry, scenic black-and-white posters, kitschy playing cards and Mao memorabilia. It’s a hodgepodge of eclectic takeaways and friendly touts, who are keen to haggle or simply chat about the good old days. The bazaar is typically open daily from about 11am to 7pm, but some of the stalls close a little earlier on Sundays.

be on every to-do list. Lok Wo Sha Lane, Sai Kung, 2631-9900, www.whiteheadclub.com

the 9Taste Caribbean

If you’re a private kitchen connoisseur then you might want to check out Mandy’s Private Kitchen, which is run by chef Mandy Nathali at her home in Sai Kung. For $500 per head, Mandy puts on a hearty Trinidadian-style feast for her guests, with dishes such as Jamaican beef and West Indian cornbread served on her terrace. 9816-9946, www.mandysprivatekitchen.com

10Go wild

You don’t have to get out of town completely to enjoy the great outdoors and get a piece of jungle action. An oasis right in the middle of town, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens occupies 5.2 hectares and boasts more than 600 species of mammals and reptiles. In addition to the animals, the center also has eight gardens, and a greenhouse with countless trees, plants and herbs. Take an afternoon to explore the historical park, which dates back to 1841. Best part? Entry is free.

Entrance on Upper Albert Road, Central, 2530-0154

Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan

8Go clubbing

Whether you’re into golfing or you’d rather laze around while a suckling pig browns before your eyes, the Whitehead Club has everything you need—plus awesome views of Plover Cove. A bucket of balls at one of the 160 real-grass chipping bays will cost you $100 and you can order food from the barbecue restaurant at really reasonable prices. From Central, it’s a bit of a trek out to Ma On Shan but the trip should

Whitehead Club Bbq

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Picnic Checklist Make sure your next basket is jampacked with these goodies. Box o’ Wine Instead of heaving around bulky wine bottles, pick up one of these handy, portable boxes from JoyVino (www.joyvino. com). The boxes weigh much less than a typical glass bottle and it’s 100 percent recyclable. Festive Camera The cute wide-angle La Sardina camera ($538) from

Lomography (www.lomography. hk) comes in warm striped shades that will transport you to a deck chair on the Mediterranean shores. Bug Bands Instead of dousing yourself in smelly spray, ward off pesky mosquitoes with one of these handy bracelets from Para’kito ($150, www.parakito.com). Reusable Plates These reusable lacquercoated bamboo serving plates from Tree (from $250, www.tree.com.hk) are lightweight for easy carrying.

A Portable Hot Pot You can carry a barbecue with you wherever you go thanks to this herb garden-cumgrill ($1,450) from Homeless.

Too much work? Hong Kong’s first online gift basket company, Gift Hampers Hong Kong (from $350, gifthampers.com.hk) stocks a selection of more than 30 types of hampers stocked with everything from chocolate to cheese to kids’ binoculars.

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18-23 Island Guide

24-27 Alfresco Party Venues 28-31 Outdoor Gear 32-35 Gardening 36-39 Outdoor Furniture CONTACT US: On the following pages you’ll find a huge array of practical information. We cover more than 200 topics a year. Tell us what you need to know! Email: thelist@hkmagmedia.com

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island guide A sea of ideas

How to get there: Ferries to Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan leave regularly from Central Ferry Pier 4, or from the Aberdeen Promenade. Journeys take half an hour or thereabouts.

Ma Wan Why go? Ma Wan, also known as Park Island, is a small residential island, full of the sweet sounds of dogs barking, flipflops smacking the ground and people greeting each other by first names and chatting away under the shade.

Cheung Chau

Cheung Chau Why go? Sailing into Cheung Chau harbor is a trip back in time. Traditionally a fishermen’s village, the water is packed with junk boats, houseboats, trawlers and wooden sampans. What to do: Rent a bike for about $10 an hour and visit Cheung Po Tsai Cave, supposedly a hideaway of notorious pirate Cheung Po Tsai. Afterwards, steal some snapshots of the Reclining Rock across the water. Follow signs uphill to the Tin Hau Temple, which offers gorgeous views of the sea. Walk around to the 200-year-old Pak Tai Temple and continue on past Tung Wan Beach and Kwun Yam Wan Beach, where Olympic windsurfing gold medalist Lee Lai-shan trained. Head up to the aptly named Human Head Rock until you reach the granite-railed walkway dubbed the Mini Great Wall. Where to eat: Catch the local ferry from the Sai Wan Kaito Pier back to Praya Road (one-way trips cost $5), where you can dig into one of the many seafood restaurants along the water. New Baccarat Seafood Restaurant (9A Pak She Praya Rd., 29810606) is among the best bets.

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How to get there: Cheung Chau is a 40-minute ride on a fast ferry from Central Pier 5. Ferries depart about every half-hour.

Lamma Island Why go? The island’s sleepy, sedate pace of life (and its low rents) have called to those in search of a little less Hong Kong, and a little more country. What to do: Start at Yung Shue Wan ferry port and take the pleasant hourlong Family Trail to the other end of the island. About 20 minutes in, you’ll get to the lovely (but very popular) Hung Shing Yeh beach. Just before it you’ll reach Kin Hing Ah Por Tofu Fa, famous for its sweet “tofu fa” dessert. Get a cold, sweet, gingery bowl of bean curd for $10 and thank us later. Where to Eat: Wander down Main Street near the Yung Shue Wan pier, which is lined with restaurants and shops. If you don’t fancy seafood, check out the brand-new Prime Bar & Grill (47 Main St., Yung Shue Wan, 2982-1688). Hang out in Lamma old hand the Bookworm Café (79 Main Street, Yung Shue Wan, 2982-4838) a longtime organic vegetarian hippie favorite, and generally lovely place.

What to do: Follow Pak Lai Road and you’ll find yourself at the colorful and happy entrance of Noah’s Ark Hong Kong (33 Pak Yan Rd., Ma Wan, 3411-8888, $155 per ticket). Inside you’ll meet a few animals, learn how the story of Noah has been proven by science and listen to just how much Hong Kong resembles the sinridden world God set out to destroy with the great flood. Fun stuff. Or... skip it and head straight to Tung Wan beach (Pak Lai Road, 2986-5817) and swim in the shadow of Tsing Ma Bridge. Where to eat: Pay Oma’s Kitchen (1/F, Beach Commercial Complex, Park Island, 3446-1116) a visit for a sumptuous German meal, or get to Cafe Roma (3446-1226), two doors away, for perfectly seasoned fries and sinfully delicious cheeseburgers. How to get there: Ferries departing from Central Pier 2 take around 25 minutes.

Mui Wo Why go? Mui Wo is the perfect Hong Kong mini-break. It sits on the eastern side of Lantau, two bays south of


Know & Tel Discovery Bay. Also known as Silvermine Bay, this community is tranquil and easy going—thanks no doubt in part to its long crescent-shaped beach. What to do: Rent a bike for the day (single-speed $40; mountain bikes $300) from Friendly Bicycle Shop by the pier (Shop B, 13 Mui Wo Ferry Pier Rd., 2984-2278) and go for a gentle pedal alongside Silvermine Bay Beach before a bit of tanning. From halfway up the beach, a trail leads up to the village of Pak Ngan Heung and its Man Mo Temple (about 20 minutes), and from there to the Silvermine Cave—once a silver mine, and the reason behind the bay’s name. Next to it is the Silvermine Bay Waterfall Garden, with great views of the falls. Where to eat: Craving some British comfort food? China Bear (G/F, Mui

Wo Centre, 3 Ngan Wan Rd., 29849720) is famous for its super-fresh fish and chips. Meanwhile, Bahce Turkish Restaurant (Shop 19, Mui Wo Centre, 3 Ngan Wan Rd., 2984-0222) serves up Middle Eastern classics. How to Get There: The Mui Wo ferry leaves from Central Pier 6, and takes about 40 minutes.

What to do: From the ferry pier, stroll north towards the Tai Lei Bridge to catch a glimpse of Tai Lei Island, a favorite spot among fishermen. Cast a rod if you like or circle back and check out Tin Hau Temple, which was built in 1792 and contains 400-year-old whale bone decor. Head down the 100-year-old Wing On Street, full of fruit stands, pottery painters, butchers and haberdashers.

Peng Chau What it is: You’d never have guessed it, but peaceful little Peng Chau was a hub of industrialization in the early 1900s. Hundreds of factories, including Southeast Asia’s largest match factory, churned out goods. Despite the island’s short-lived industrial boom, 70 percent of the land remains unspoiled. This car-free island can be explored in a couple of hours.

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island guide Where to eat: You can’t miss Kee Lum (3B Wing On St., 2983-0554), a cafe built in the 1950s that still has its original orange and green wooden booths. Wait for your ferry back to Central with a glass of vino at the alfresco Les Copains d’Abord (Peng Chau Square, 3483-0692).

How to get there: Catch the 30-minute fast ferry from Central Pier 6.

Tai O Fishing Village Why go? Often dubbed the “Venice of Hong Kong,” Tai O is best known for the pang-uk (stilt homes) and pink dolphins. What to do: From the stalls stocked with seafood to the stunning sunset, Tai O is a photographer’s dream. Just moments from the bus terminal is the rope-drawn Ferry Bridge, under which

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locals charge just $20 for a 25-minute boat cruise past the stilt homes, and then out to the sea to try and spot Tai O’s famed pink dolphins. From there, stroll along the waterfront to the 267-year-old Hung Shing Temple and pay your respects to the God of the Southern Sea. Where to eat: For some delicious food, all you need to do is wander around Market Street, which is packed with storefronts selling steaming fish balls, dried seafood fare, and two of the village’s locally made staples: shrimp paste and salted fish. We loved Mrs. Cheung’s gai dan zai (egg waffles) stall (across from CCC Tai O Primary School)—the pandan-filled option gets a solid thumbs up.

How to Get There: The most direct route to Tai O is to hop on the MTR to Tung Chung Station (45 mins from Central/Hong Kong Station) and then take Bus 11 to Tai O bus terminus (about 50 mins).


Open Day - 5th October 2013

The Peak Pre-School OPEN DAY – Saturday, 5th October 2013 (10.00 am to 1.00 pm) Please come to our Open Day on Saturday, 5th October 2013, from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm at 81 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong. Tel: 2849 6192

Email: peak@woodlandschools.com

There will plenty of fun for everyone! Children can meet their favourite Super Heroes, say hello to some exotic creatures from the Jurassic Garage, enjoy bouncy jungle fun, wonderful craft activities and an Art Jam session as they channel their inner artist! They can also explore and chase bubbles though our magical ‘forest’, savour a scrumptious sausage sizzle and win a wonderful prize in our ‘Guess How Many’ competition!  Parents are welcome to take a walk through our classrooms and have a chat to the teachers about what happens on a typical day at school, and bring your tiny tots to our inside soft play area. We look forward to seeing you all there!

For 35 years Woodland has set the standard in Hong Kong for quality early years education. With ten schools, Woodland offers the only accredited early years education in Hong Kong. • Woodland Tai Tam Montessori Pre-School • Woodland Repulse Bay Montessori Pre-School • Woodland Montessori Academy • Woodland Peak Pre-School • Woodland Beachside Pre-School • Woodland Happy Valley Pre-School • Woodland Pokfulam Pre-School • Woodland Harbourside Pre-School • Woodland Waterfall Pre-School • Woodland Sai Kung Pre-School


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Located on the southern side of Lantau Island, Palm Beach offers Hongkongers a fun “glamping”— glamorous camping—experience. Its Teepee Village features a series of rustic yet elegant Native American teepee tents with sizes that fit anywhere from four to 20 people. Palm Beach also features a large herb garden, a watersports center and a beach club with a shaded area and a small café. Rates range from $450-2,000, depending on the teepee—one can fit more than 20 people! Get there: Take the fast ferry from Central Ferry Pier 6 to Mui Wo (40 mins). Then take Bus 1, 2, 4 or A35 to Butterfly Crest at Cheung Sha (about 20 mins). Cheung Sha Beach, Lantau, 2908-4822 www.palmbeach.com.hk

Ooh La La Ooh La La Restaurant at Pui O Beach has a private campground complete with tents, showers and changing rooms. Ooh La La also rents out tents ($700 per night, fits

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Know & Tel four people) as well as cooking equipment for those who want to do some hunting and gathering of their own. If spending a night under the stars doesn’t turn out to be a good idea, then Ooh La La can also help arrange a stay at the local YWCA or Silvermine Beach Hotel. They can also arrange cycling or kayaking trips around the island. Get there: Take the fast ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo (40 mins). Then take Bus 1 or 4 to Bui O Public School. Pui O Beach, Lantau, 2984-8710, www.oohlala-hk.com

Island Club If small and isolated beaches are your thing, then look no further than Island Club for your next outdoor adventure. A private beach, water sports center, private kitchen, organic farm and campground all in one, Island Club offers campers fun activities and facilities in a beautiful yet no-frills setting. It costs $350450 per head for a day trip (includes lockers, loungers, umbrellas, BBQ buffet and more), and an additional $200 if you choose to stay overnight. Get there: Take the fast ferry from Central Pier 5 to Cheung Chau (30 mins). Island Club will arrange a ferry to take campers from the Cheung Chau Ferry Pier to Tai Long Village (about 20 mins). 23 Tai Long Village, Lantau Island, 2989-2315

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Alfresco Party Venues Feeling fresh?

or simply enjoy a tipple on the rooftop. 2 Lower Albert Rd., Central, 2525-1032, www.hkfringeclub.com

Q-Deck Located at Fenwick Pier, Q-Deck is a great spot for alfresco dining and boasts a great view of the harbor. The menu is all about the surf and turf, featuring the likes of roasted spring chicken fillet, Atlantic salmon and king prawns. Enjoy your Australian-style cuisine over a nice glass of wine. It’s a good venue for weddings, parties and corporate events, and can accomodate 300 seated (500 standing). G/F, 1 Lung King St., The Fleet Arcade, Fenwick Pier, Wan Chai, 2827-8882, greatvision.com.hk Sugar

Armani Prive

D-Deck

For those who want to go all-out, look into hosting an event at Armani Prive. You can relax on the terrace and admire the gorgeous Hong Kong cityscape while sipping fresh cocktails. Need some AC? Visit the lounge club and listen to the latest beats from Prive’s resident DJs. Armani Prive can host up to 180 guests in the lounge, and 250 on the terrace.

The huge complex of restaurants at Discovery Bay, known as D-Deck, is a family-friendly dining enclave on Lantau Island with plenty of alfresco options. Choose from one of more than 20 restaurants—of which, Hemingway’s, Berliner and Caramba are all close to the sea. At night, the boulevard is lit up with red lanterns and you get a front row seat for the Disneyland fireworks. If you spend $100 at any of the restaurants here, you score a free ferry ticket back to Central. You can invite up to 1,000 guests for a catered function if you reserve all the waterfront restaurants.

2/F, Chater House, 8 Connaught Rd. Central, 3583 2828, armaniprive-hk.com

Blck Brd For those who appreciate liquors and cocktails, Blck Brd prides itself on its menu of top-shelf spirits and respectable New and Old World wines. Not your thing? There’s also a notable list of select draught and bottled beers from around the globe. The rather intimate space is a nice party venue for smaller groups, and offers a simple menu of imported cheese, fresh bread and cured meats. 6/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2545-8555, www.theblckbrd.com

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Discovery Bay Rd., Lantau Island, 2238-1188, www.ddeck.com.hk

Fringe Club Want to host your party at the most art-savvy place in town? You can rent The Fringe Dairy for four hours ($8,000, includes set-up and dismantling). If you’re hoping to throw a cocktail party, you’ll need a minimum of 20 guests to enjoy the package discounts. With or without an entourage, you can always step into this hip venue to catch a show, art exhibition

Shore One of the city’s best party spots, Shore is home to both an indoor dining room and a large terrace. The Shore Steak Onshore dining room can seat up to 80 guests (150 standing), and is commonly rented out for product launches, conferences and private shindigs. The Offshore bar and terrace can accommodate up to 250 guests for a cocktail party, and offers an impressive list of fine wines, premium champagnes and exotic cocktails. Shore has resident DJs to add to the vibe, and the 1,800-square-foot terrace is a perfect place to catch up with friends or host a private function. 3/F, The L Place, 139 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2915-1638, shore.com.hk

Sugar Despite being tucked away in Quarry Bay’s East Hotel, the spacious and contemporary rooftop at Sugar is another solid option for private bookings—think exclusive lunches, team building, launch events and parties. Feeling hungry? Try the Cajun-rubbed ribeye, tiger prawns or, if you want something sweet, the minty fruit salad. The drink menu includes sparkling wine, cocktails and more. Ask about hiring the house DJ if you’d like to add a little more life to the party.


Know & Tel 32/F, East, Island East, 29 Taikoo Shing Rd., Quarry Bay, 3968-3738, www.sugar-hongkong.com

The Peak Lookout For an unforgettable outdoor party, check out The Peak Lookout. The beautiful venue seats a maximum of 120 indoors and 200 in the garden terrace. The staff here is ultra-professional, and there’s a delicious-sounding menu to complement the service. Packages are customized, so party people will have to contact The Peak Lookout for a quote. 121 Peak Rd., The Peak, 2532-6274, www.peaklookout.com.hk

The Stoep Located in Lower Cheung Sha Beach, The Stoep serves South African cuisine,

and its colorful and cozy décor blends seamlessly with the sandy surrounds. The restaurant can seat a maximum of 120 heads, and you can arrange private parties ahead of time. Pair a meal at The Stoep with a beach outing and your friends will love you forever. 32 Lower Cheung Sha Village, Lantau Island, 2980-2699, www.thestoep.com

The Upper House Home to one of Asia’s longest bars, The Upper House’s Café Gray Bar has several semi-private and comfortable lounging areas. If you want to host a fancy dinner, you can book a private room for up to 12 guests, which comes with harbor-view dining. It also has a classy sky lounge that offers drinks and light snacks, so don’t leave without soaking up some

fresh air on the terrace. 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 3968-1106, www.cafegrayhk.com

Wooloomooloo With uninterrupted views over Hong Kong, the rooftop at Wooloomooloo in Wan Chai can accommodate 80-100 guests and offers some reasonable cocktail packages starting from $400 per person (includes two hours of open bar). An indoor dining room and a private room are also available for hire. Of course, you can’t hang out at Wooloomooloo without trying one of the signature steaks. 31/F-Rooftop, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai, 2893-6960, www.wooloo-mooloo.com

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Shape Up Break a sweat with these outdoor workouts.

chops, think about joining a team. Shing Mun River, Sha Tin, 2504-8332, www.hkdba.com.hk

Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association

Bootcamp

This culturally rich sport is not meant to be celebrated only once a year. Work dragon boating into your routine with some exercise rowing classes. You have to be at least 12 years old to participate, and if you successfully complete a class you’ll receive a badge and a certificate (for an additional cost of $40, of course). All classes take place in Sha Tin’s Shing Mun River. Once you’ve earned your

2552-9925, www.bootcamp.com.hk

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Whether you’re obsessed with working out, or just need a bit of a push, Bootcamp will make you lean and mean in no time. The regiment provides trainings of all sorts: interval, circuit, body weight, core and more. Classes start as early as 5:30am, but there are also lunchtime and weekend sessions for sleepyheads.


Know & Tel Outdoor Fitness

Depending which type of package you select, rates per person start from $700.

For some people, exercising while surrounded by nature is more invigorating than staring at passing cars from a gym window. Sound familiar? At Outdoor Fitness, classes are one-hour-long and include resistance, cardio and core exercises. Expect to pay about $120 per workout or $1,000 for a chunk of 10 sessions.

progressively more difficult, fortnightly workshops and detailed diet plans.

9043-4674, outdoorfitness.hk

5632-2367, bikinifit.com.hk

Bikini Fit

Kayak and Hike

A female-only fitness program, Bikini Fit aims to help women get into shape through group workouts that make use of the outdoor facilities at Hong Kong Park. The $695 weekly program cost includes six workouts per week that get

9300-5197, www.kayak-and-hike.com

SPCA

With Kayak and Hike, you can opt to frolic in the sea, jog along the beach or test your mettle on a kayak. At the frequent outings, you’ll discover beautiful and natural sights around Hong Kong—all while burning calories.

The SPCA might not be the most obvious place to turn to for exercise, but volunteering to walk a dog is a three-fold karma booster: you’re helping out the SPCA, socializing the dog so it’s easier to adopt and getting some exercise all the while. If you’re new to the dogwalking thing, you might want to first learn the basics of handling animals at one of the regular SPCA training sessions. And, sorry kids, volunteers must be at least 16 years old. 5 Wan Shing St., Wan Chai, 2802-0501, www.spca.org.hk

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Outdoor Gear Hit the road

Mountain Services Outdoor Boutique This store sells a range of imported, high-end clothing and equipment for hiking, camping and climbing by such brands as Arcteryx, Berghaus and Petzl. Manager Arron Chan is an ex-climber and will be happy to help you out with any of your gear enquiries. Shop 1, 52–56 King’s Rd., North Point, 2541 8942, www.mshk.com.hk

Nature Outdoor Equipment

Mammut

Chamonix

Escapade

One of three stores opened by local climber Chung Kin-man, the only Hong Kong person to have climbed the highest mountain in each of the seven continents, this store stocks the best in camping gear. Like Chung’s other Mong Kok store, the Hong Kong Mountaineering Center, Chamonix carries reputable brands of tents, sleeping bags, stoves, shoes, and pretty much anything else you could possibly need on an excursion into the wilderness.

Escapade Sports provides a comprehensive selection of sports and outdoor equipment, including swimwear. You’ll find brands such as Hammer Nutrition, 2XU, Hilly and Active People, among others. Basically they’ll set you up with everything from fashionable flip-flops to hardcore hiking gear. The staff members tend to be quite knowledgable as well, so don’t hestitate to ask for help.

G-1/F, 62 Nelson St., Mong Kok, 2388-3626

1/F, 19 Leighton Rd., Causeway Bay, 2891-1855, www.escapade.com.hk

Mammut Founded in 1862 as a climbing rope factory in Switzerland, Mammut has established itself as a quality brand specializing in outdoor apparel and equipment. Its products range from clothes and bags to climbing hardware and professional headlamps. It has several convenient locations around Hong Kong. G/F, 89-1B Dundas St., Mong Kok, 2726-3006, www.mammut.hk

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A one-stop shop for outdoor gear, Nature Outdoor sells tents, stoves, cooking equipment, shoes, backpacks and sleeping bags. A wide variety of brands and prices are available and, should you want a particular model that is not in stock, the salespeople can order it for you. Unit 25, B/F, Champagne Court, 16-20 Kimberley Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2724-1866

Outdoor Mart This budget-priced store stocks brands such as Blackwolf, Nickel and Luxe. It’s a small shop packed with gear, and a good place to source four-man tents, backpacks and sleeping bags at reasonable prices. Whether you’re a newbie to the outdoors or the next Bear Grylls, you’ll find what you need for you next adventure. Room 6, 2/F, New City Centre, 2 Lei Yue Mun Rd., Lam Tin, 2793-9907

Racing The Planet Based in Hong Kong with offices around the globe, Racing The Planet is both an outdoor endurance footrace organizer (its annual 4 Deserts Race Series is regarded as one of the most prestigious races of its kind) and an outdoor product store. It stocks a wide variety of outdoor apparel, equipment and food, all of which are specially chosen for the shelves by Racing The Planet staff and participants. 22/F, 148 Wing Lok St., Sheung Wan, 8102-8113, www.racingtheplanet.com


Know & Tel all available. The store also carries gear for sports such as canoeing, downhill skiing and snowboarding. Unfortunately, some brands are only shipped within the US, so you’ll have to browse the website to see what they’ll ship here.

REI US-based brand REI now ships its products to international destinations, including Hong Kong, when you order online. Basic camping gear, hi-tech gadgets, equipment for your camp kitchen and life-saving essentials are

an adventure. Products are mainly imported from the US or Europe and are very reasonably priced compared with other outdoors stores around Hong Kong.

www.rei.com

2/F, Kin Tak Fung Commercial Building, 467-473 Hennessy Rd., Causeway Bay, 2390-0020, www.alink.com.hk

RC Outfitters

The Outdoor Shop

Get kitted out for any outdoor activity at RC Outfitters, where you’ll find all the essentials. Whether you’re a beginner or professional mountaineer, RC Outfitters offers a wide range of clothes, equipment, accessories, shoes and food for anyone craving

With Hong Kong’s hot and humid climate, where can a hardcore adventurer go for some serious cold weather gear? The Outdoor Shop specializes in outdoor wear that keeps you warm from head to toe. Look for international brands such as The North Face, Helly Hansen and Bogner. Shop LG48, Silvercord Shopping Mall, 30 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2730-9009

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Take a Hike Head to the hills to make the most of the city’s green space.

EASY

Pokfulam Reservoir to The Peak

The Basics: A section of the Hong Kong Trail, the hike starts from the tranquil waters of Pokfulam Reservoir and heads up the wide, concrete path to The Peak. Time: 1-1.5 hours Best Part: Beat the crowds at The Peak by continuing past the hives of tourists and climbing up to the mountain’s summit. After you reach The Peak

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Amah Rock.


Know & Tel Galleria, keep walking along Mount Austin Road. Go past the colonial relic Former Gate Lodge and then continue up, up, up. Eventually, you’ll have to stop short of the highest 552-meter point because it’s closed to the public, but you’ll enjoy panoramic vistas of the city.

Park, and across many of Kowloon’s most picturesque peaks. As you walk along the paths and narrow roads, you’ll eventually climb up to the 495-meter-high summit of Lion Rock and then cross over to Beacon Hill, which stands tall at 458 meters.

Finish With: Tasty international dishes served with unbeatable harbor views at Café Deco Bar & Grill at The Peak Galleria. You can gorge on everything from oysters to pizza, plus there’s a cute little kids’ corner in case you have any little ones in tow

Best Part: While you’re treking through Sha Tin, you’ll spot the iconic Amah Rock, which looks like a woman with a child on her back. Legend has it that the woman sat on the mountain top waiting for her husband to return from a fishing trip, until she eventually turned to stone.

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Tai Lo Shan to Tai Po Road The Basics: Begining at Tate’s Cairn tunnel in Sha Tin, Stage 5 of the Maclehose Trail winds through Lion Rock Country

Time: 3 hours

Finish With: You’ll finish the trail at Tai Po Road, one of the oldest streets in the New Territories. Take a quick MTR ride to the Hyatt Regency Sha Tin where you can enjoy views of the water and chow down on the hotel’s famous homemade apple pie.

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Pak Tam Au Round Trip The Basics: Hike from Sai Kung’s Pak Tam Au to Tai Long Au, where the circular route up Sharp Peak (aka Nam She Tsim) starts. Go down to isolated Tai Wan, take a break at the empty beach, then retrace your steps to Pak Tam Au. Time: 7-8 hours Best Part: Conquering Sharp Peak, widely regarded as the most difficult in Hong Kong, is on every hiker’s to-do list. The trail up to the top is notoriously rugged, but the summit will reward you with unforgettable scenery—and some serious bragging rights. Finish With: Take the bus from Pak Tam Au to Sai Kung, where you can dine at a restaurant along Sai Kung Seafood Street.

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Gardening Green with envy

experience with large-scale landscape design projects, including the elegant garden of the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The experienced project managers and construction teams can provide the same expertise for your garden. Services include garden design and renovation, plant maintenance, daily and monthly plant hiring, provision of Chinese New Year flowers and Christmas trees. 2369-8367, www.hkil.com.hk

Ito Futon If you fancy transforming your outdoor space into a Zen garden complete with bonsai plants and bamboo screens, then head to Ito Futon. Established in 1990, and primarily selling Japanesestyle home furnishing products, the company also provides a landscape gardening service, Japanese-style statues, garden materials, stone lanterns and bamboo products.

Artland Nursery

Hin’s Garden

While the shop deals mainly with flower arrangements and bouquets, Artland Nursery also provides on-site landscaping services so your plants are guaranteed a little TLC. Artland prides itself on keeping prices very reasonable, while keeping a good range of indoor and outdoor plants, including seasonal flowers and herbs. Basic garden materials are also in stock for those who want to get hands-on with their gardening.

The owners of this large garden center have been working with plants for more than 20 years and have a great deal of expert knowledge, particularly regarding all varieties of orchids. The center also stocks unusual plants including a beautiful range of aquatic plants and has an extensive selection of planting materials, fertilizers and pots. And if you happen to have a huge garden, it even sells greenhouses and accessories.

Shop E, G/F, 7-17 Amoy St., Wan Chai, 2519-9939, www.yp.com.hk/artland

Lot 440, Lee Uk New Village, Fanling, 2674-1427, www.hinsgarden.com.hk

Established in 1960, Kalok Horticulture offers landscape gardening design and maintenance services, catering to small and large budgets. It sells wholesale and retail plants and a wide range of garden décor, including accessories, lighting, bronze sculptures, water features, and everything you need to create your garden paradise.

HK Flowers

1-K Mang Kung Wo Rd., Sai Kung, 2719-3039, www.kalokhort.com.hk

Garden Plus Garden Plus specializes in potted plants, herbs, fruit trees and vegetables, as well as gardening tools and accessories. It also stocks everything from plantation shutters and blinds to outdoor furniture, and claims to have the largest e-garden shop in Hong Kong. Some plant stock is also available at their farm (40 Lower Cheung Sha Village, Lantau, 29802233), including a great range of herbs. Lot 715, DD 316, Lo Wai Village, Pui O, 2980-2233, www.gardenplus.com.hk

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Nothing spruces up an apartment like a vase of fresh flowers. If you don’t have an outdoor space to landscape or you simply don’t have the time, look into ordering yourself some pretty petals from HK Flowers, an online flower store and full-service florist that offers reliable delivery worldwide. www.worldwidefloralnetwork.com

Hong Kong Island Landscape Hong Kong Island Landscape has

1/F, Hong Kong Mansion, 137-147 Lockhart Rd., Wan Chai, 2845-1138, www.itofuton.com

Kalok Horticulture

KK Horticulture Recommended by the Hong Kong Gardening Society, KK Horticulture offers a huge range of plants including fruit trees, herbs, outdoor and indoor trees—if it’s green and it grows, they’ve probably got it. There’s also a large range of pots, stones and Japanese-style lanterns. Plus, owners Simon and Nancy Lee are generally a treat to interact with. Lot 907, DD217, Tai Chung Hau Rd., Sai Kung, 2792-7440


Know & Tel Lung Shan Garden This sprawling nursery stocks everything a keen gardener needs. You’ll find potted herbs and flowers, fruit trees and bonsai plants, plus a good selection of planters, pots and garden equipment, all at competitive prices. Lung Shan also offers landscaping and maintenance services. Tai Hang Village, Tai Po, 2651-2782, www.lungshangarden.com.hk

Proto Proto specializes in “artistic home décor” and stocks a range of products for outdoors including feng shui plants, stylish planters, sculptures, rockeries and fountains. The company also offers garden design, landscaping and plant rental services. 13/F, Unit A, Kiu Fu Commercial Building, 300-306 Lockhart Rd., Wan Chai, 8123-8168, www.proto.hk

Selecta Gardens Established more than 30 years ago, Selecta Gardens has a vast nursery, including a 20,000-square-foot greenhouse with seasonal flowers and plants such as orchids. In addition to supplying plants to both big and small customers, Selecta Gardens also operates landscape design services, which include free quotations and maintenance such as tree trimming and turfing. Wai Tau Tsuen, Tai Po, 2653-5054

Top Wood Enterprise Top Wood Enterprise offers free consultations and can design everything from high-rise rooftop gardens to big old backyards. It’s one of the first companies in Hong Kong to stock recycled plastic timber as an ecofriendly alternative to wooden fencing and decking. Top Wood Enterprise also carries stone ornaments, imitative plants and planters. Should you fancy some water features, Top Wood also designs and installs ponds and small fountains. 2529-3686, www.topwood.com.hk

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How To: Grow an Indoor Garden Christy Li, director of indoor gardening specialist HK Green Walls, offers a few ways to green your space. 1. FANCY GLASS

A good place to start would be artistic glassware or rustic jars, which can transform simple house plants and flowers into something truly unique.

2. WALL flower

The new trend? Garden “panels” that hang on your wall. The panels require very little upkeep and have waterproof backs to prevent moisture from ruining the walls. You can add or remove panels according to the size of your wall.

3. GREEN carpet Here is a novel idea: moss carpets. Place one in your bathroom, then by all means forget about it; the carpet is automatically watered every time you step on it after bathing. Need more ideas? Check out HK Green Walls (www.hkgreenwalls.com).

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snake-shaped sofas. The collection of sturdy, contemporary plastic chairs and tables is particularly suitable for outdoor furnishings, and products come from highly regarded designers such as Philippe Starck and Tom Dixon. If you’re hoping to furnish your home or office for the longterm, Iroco’s Design for Sale business launched earlier this year. 2/F, Wing Sum Building, 12-14 Sam Chuk St., East Kowloon, 3426-4942, www.irocodesign.com

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Everything Under the Sun

Alberobello Outdoor Accessories Alberobello carries an enormous range of different kinds of outdoor furniture, including a basic selection of plastic, wooden and aluminum tables and chairs. It also stocks solar umbrellas, outdoor fences, pavilions, lockers, drying racks and barbecue pits. G/F, 3 Wing Hing St., Causeway Bay, 2979-444, www.alberobello.com.hk

Aloha Outdoor Living Stocking international brands such as Nardi from Italy, Domus Ventures from Germany and Rubbermaid from the US, Aloha Outdoor Living provides a good choice of styles and designs made from a variety of materials. Once you’ve stocked up on furniture, you may also want to check out the storage solutions for protection from inclement weather. 8/F, Shop 805, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing St., Ap Lei Chau, 2552-0036, www.aloha-outdoor.com

C’est Kool C’est Kool specializes in outdoor furniture and stocks a comprehensive collection

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of sofas, chairs, tables, loungers, lighting and other must-have outdoor accessories. The diverse styles will probably suit every taste, but if you’re still not entirely satisfied, the store can custom-make furniture for you. Just looking to rent? C’est Kool also offers a hassle-free furniture rental service that includes all transportation and setup. 3495-5275, cestkool.com

Everything Under the Sun Forget folding chairs and plastic tables, Everything Under the Sun stocks designer furniture from around the world, as well as pieces designed by its own brand, SunWeave. From rattan chairs to loungers, designer deck chairs to beanbags, parasols to outdoor lighting, you’ll find literally everything under the sun here. 902, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing St., Ap Lei Chau, 2554-9088, www.everythingunderthesun.com.hk

Iroco Design for Rent The first designer furniture rental company in Asia, Iroco Design for Rent is known for its striking and unusual furnishings—think spinning chairs and

An innovative furniture and design consultation brand, Indigo offers tempting home furnishing solutions and décor inspirations to suit a wide variety of tastes. You’ll find everything from bedding collections imported from India to patio heaters—and much more depending on your particular needs. You can find branches in Central, Ap Lei Chau and Repulse Bay. Shop 216-218, Prince’s Building, 10 Charter Rd., Central, 2523-5561, www.indigo-living.com

Maiori Outdoor Furniture Eco-conscious shoppers will be glad to learn that Maiori’s outdoor furniture is made of 100 percent recyclable materials and eco-friendly paint. Maiori offers loungers, dining tables, chairs and mats, as well as an interesting parasol with an ice bucket attached. Its commitment to protecting the environment means that products are sturdy and long-lasting in order to further reduce waste. Unit 1001, Westley Square, 48 Hoi Yuen Rd., Kwun Tong, 2330-1674, www.maiorifurniture.com

Palm Tree Home Palm Tree Home stocks a large variety of luxury outdoor dining furniture, sofas and loungers, made of materials, such as synthetic rattan, which is suitable for Hong Kong’s humid climate. You can also have the furniture custommade to fit better in your garden or rooftop. Have a look at their online stock or make an appointment to visit


Know & Tel the Sai Kung showroom. 91B Sha Kok Mei Village, Sai Kung, 2264-0416, www.palmtreehome.com.hk

Patio Mart Patio Mart is nestled amid upscale homeware outlets at Horizon Plaza, and offers good quality outdoor furniture at a fraction of the price of its neighbors. The chic rattan resort sets and teak outdoor furniture come directly from the company’s factory in Shenzhen, hence the big savings. 1601, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing St., Ap Lei Chau, 2555-8988, www.patiomart.com.hk

Tree Hong Kong’s first and largest eco-chic furniture boutique, Tree is a one-stop shopping destination for anyone looking for quality indoor and outdoor

furniture and accessories made of beautiful wood. Tree’s large flagship store at Horizon Plaza in Ap Lei Chau also contains a café serving a variety of healthy snacks and drinks—ideal for those who plan to make a day of it. 28/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing St., Ap Lei Chau, 2870-1582, www.tree.com.hk

Wicka Designs Opened in 2004, Wicka Designs offers a broad range of quality outdoor furniture, homeware and accessories. All of its collections are sourced from renowned designers in the Asia Pacific region, and Wicka Designs prides itself in offering

transparent and fair prices that are often much lower than those of its competitors. 1Tai Mong Tsai Rd., Sai Kung, 2792-2241, www.wickadesigns.com

Yue Kee Rattan Factory You might be disappointed to find that most of Yue Kee Rattan Factory’s outdoor furniture isn’t made of rattan, but of plastic. This is because plastic is a sturdier material which can better withstand the elements. In any case, there is an extensive range of indoor furniture, with cabinets, beds, sofas and tables all available in a variety of styles. Yue Kee also takes commissions if you have your own design in mind. G/F, 20 Shanghai St., Jordan, 2528-1560, www.yuekee.com

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Take 5:

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Accessories Shady Spot Instead of slathering on layers of sunscreen, why not find refuge beneath a cantilever umbrella? Thanks to its handy design, the umbrella can rotate a full 360 degrees to keep up with the sun. The 3M Astor Umbrella ($3,900) from Wicka Designs is available in white or khaki green and has a solid granite base. G/F, Corner of Po Tung and Tai Mong Tsai Roads, Sai Kung, 2792 2241, www.wickadesigns.com

Dazzling Decor Be the envy of your neighbors (you know they’re spying) by dressing up your outdoor space with cute decorations. Garden Gallery’s Crane Pair and Dolphin Pair Brass Statue, along with many other pieces in the same collection, will surely make your rooftop stand out. 7/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing St., Ap Lei Chau, 2553-3251, www.gardengallery.com.hk

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Know & Tel On the Barbie Quite simply, no outdoor experience is complete without a sizzling grill to fire up on weekends. The Cadac Braai Maxx barbecue from Everything Under the Sun has five interchangeable non-stick cooking surfaces, which means everything from cheeseburgers to fried noodles is on the table. There’s also a thermostat in each of the two roasting hoods, two fat drip cups for easy cleaning, cabinet space and a wooden storage rack. 9/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing St., Ap Lei Chau, 2554-9088, www.everythingunderthesun.com.hk

Pillow Talk Throw pillows are quite possibly the best invention, as they easily add some style and color to even the drabbest of outdoor venues. Check out Ikea’s Greno Cushions ($69.90), which are soft, easy to wash and very affordable. 310 Gloucester Rd., Causeway Bay, 3125-0888, www.ikea.com

Bug Out If you distance yourself from Mother Nature just to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, then it’s time to invest in ToTo-Living’s Mosquito Magnet—a machine that traps and kills effectively all mosquitoes within one acre, by first luring mosquitoes away from their breeding ground and then vacuuming the bugs into a net. 2580-1728, www.toto-living.com.hk

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Property Houses are rare in Hong Kong, therefore command a premium wherever they are situated.

Home Hunting Where should I live? When moving to Hong Kong, you will find yourself inundated with huge amounts of information on where to live. Every friend has a different opinion based on where he or she lives, or the area he or she prefers. In this article, I have tried to summarize the most popular areas in Hong Kong to give you an unbiased flavor of what to expect. When we talk about Hong Kong’s luxury property market, we are referring to Class D and E, as defined by the Rating and Valuation Department. Class D large units: 100-159.9 sqm (saleable area) Class E luxury units: over 160 sqm (saleable area) The majority of expatriates living in Hong Kong reside in properties that fall within the luxury rental market. Hong Kong has three traditional locations—The Peak, Mid-Levels and the South Side of the island. Other areas that have become more and more popular over the years are the East and West sides of the island, Kowloon, Pok Fu Lam, Happy Valley, Discovery Bay and Sai Kung. In each of the three traditional areas, there is a selection of luxury properties, including: individual houses; penthouses; duplexes with outside space; and over 2,000 sq ft apartments with security and a variety of facilities in well-managed buildings. Accommodations with sea views obviously charge higher rents.

The Peak is generally made up of lowrise developments and houses. It is certainly one of the most expensive areas to live. It is very green, with amazing views over either the South Side of the island or the harbour. Depending on where on The Peak you live, you can spend a large amount of the year above the cloud line with no view because of the humidity. This area is well supplied with amenities and schools. The South Side offers a selection of high-rise apartments, houses and old low-rise apartments. Rentals vary enormously, depending on where on the South Side you live. Deep Water Bay is the most expensive area, which mainly comprises houses. Tai Tam, Stanley and Repulse Bay all have a mixture of accommodations. There are many shops and restaurants catering to expatriates. Schools, clubs and the beach make the South Side an ideal family destination. The Mid-Levels area mainly comprises high-rise blocks, although it has a few older low-rise buildings as well. Many apartment blocks offer full facilities, including gyms, pools and children’s play areas. Shuttle buses to and from the Central Business District are not uncommon. Families and couples like this area for its proximity to the city. Areas such as Pok Fu Lam and Happy Valley offer more for your money in less dense areas that are still reasonably close to the city. Generally, these areas have more low-rise buildings than the others, although there have been some recent high-rise developments. Kowloon has a mix of accommodation, with several new high-rise developments around the ICC catering to the many single executives or couples working in the area. Kowloon is not so popular with families because of the smaller size of apartments and the limited options for international schools. There

are other residential pockets that offer beautiful colonial properties, such as Kowloon Tong and Kadoorie Avenue. Generally, these areas are not the first choice for new families coming to Hong Kong because they are less well known. Sai Kung and Discovery Bay have become more popular in recent years. In fact, this summer, Sai Kung and Clear Water Bay have been hot spots for relocating families and those making local moves. This is primarily because of the opening of Hong Kong Academy in Sai Kung and the upcoming opening of the Kellett School in Kowloon Bay. Families primarily enjoy these areas, which offer houses with gardens at a much more affordable rate. The air is perceived as cleaner; beaches and country parks are within reach; and amenities and diverse school options are aplenty. However, you will have to commute to the CBD. In Discovery Bay, one has to rely on the ferry that takes around 30 minutes of travel time, but does run regularly. If you were to live in Sai Kung or Clear Water Bay, you would need a car for easy access into the city. There are buses, and the MTR goes to Choi Hung or Hang Hau—both of which are a 10- to 30-minute taxi or bus ride away from Sai Kung or Clear Water Bay, depending on where you live. You have difficult choices to make when you first arrive in Hong Kong, but we are here to help you reach the right decisions for you and your family. Got property related questions? Ask the expert. Your questions will be answered in this column on the 15th of every month, exclusively in The List!

Anne-Marie Sage Head of Residential Leasing and Relocation Services, Hong Kong Jones Lang LaSalle Tel: (852) 2846 5638 anne-marie.sage@ap.jll.com

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