Hiking, travel and adventures around Hong Kong and Asia.

HKFP Guide: Peng Chau – a quiet, rustic, green antidote to Hong Kong’s inner-city stress

The delightful island of Peng Chau is an effective antidote to inner-city exhaustion. A day spent exploring, sunbathing and hiking will leave you feeling like you’ve just been on a relaxing holiday – especially if you go midweek. Located just 30 to 40 minutes by ferry from Central (depending on whether you take the slow…

HKFP Guide to Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden – a green haven for Hong Kong’s native plants and animals

Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden (KFBG) was initially founded by Sir Horace Kadoorie in 1956 to offer agricultural advice to farmers and enable them to live more independently. It provides local farms with vital skills, agricultural supplies and cheap, or interest-free, loans. The experimental agricultural project grew over the years, with themed gardens designed and…

HKFP Venture: Exploring an abandoned school on Hong Kong’s far-flung Kat O

Kut O public school (“Kut O” being another English rendering for Kat O), was founded in 1931. It allowed children on the far-flung island to receive an education from qualified teachers. Before its founding, the local children were given free lessons in classical Chinese by a villager in the wings of Tin Hau temple. Taking…

HKFP Lens: HKURBEX team explores a long-abandoned Hong Kong cinema

During the coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong, HKURBEX explored an abandoned cinema on one of Hong Kong’s outlying islands. Their photos capture the lingering magic of the movies from almost a century ago. With cinemas across the world shuttered due to the pandemic, the group sought out one they could still visit. What they found…

HKFP Venture: Kat O, Hong Kong’s forgotten island – once its international gateway

Off the shore of Hong Kong’s north-easternmost corner lies Kat O, an island of fishing villages with a little-known history. Deserted under a decree during the Ming dynasty, it was re-inhabited by Hakka settlers in the 1660’s. Historically, the island served as an important resting stop for boats travelling between Hong Kong and the mainland.…

HKFP Venture: Ma Wan’s abandoned village frozen in time as final residents evicted

Once a thriving fishing village with stilt houses, restaurants and a school, Ma Wan village now lies abandoned, slowly crumbling beneath the imposing Park Island residential complex and Tsing Ma bridge. In the 1980s, the town had a population of several thousand, though by 2000, it was home to around 800. Fish farming was the main…

HKFP Venture: The magnificent mosques, mausoleums and minarets of Uzbekistan

Rich in history and home to some of the world’s most kaleidoscopic and intricate Islamic architecture, Uzbekistan is finally opening up to tourism. At the heart of the old Silk Road, the landlocked, ex-Soviet country has the largest population among the Central Asian “stans.” It is slowly undergoing reforms following the death of authoritarian leader…

HKFP Venture: Uzbekistan’s stunningly ornate metro stations revealed after photography ban lifted

For decades, a photography ban was enforced across the Uzbek capital’s metro network. Central Asia’s oldest subway system fulfilled a secondary role as a nuclear fallout shelter, meaning the authorities considered it a military installation. See also: The magnificent mosques, mausoleums and minarets of Uzbekistan But on June 1, the ban was lifted revealing 29 uniquely…

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