Tiger Leaping Gorge? “I’ve always wanted to go there!” Any mention of this famous, multi-day hike through one of the world’s deepest ravines elicits wistful sighs from would-be travelers, who consider Yunnan’s northern climes too remote for anything less than a full-on trekking expedition. In truth, Tiger Leaping Gorge isn’t at all hard to get to from Hong Kong, thanks to Sichuan Airlines’ thrice-weekly flights straight into Lijiang—the closest airport to the national park where you’ll begin your trek.
Yunnan’s Tiger Leaping Gorge may have a reputation as a wild, remote corner of China—but Sarah Fung discovers that actually, it can be tackled in a long weekend. Photos by Steve Fung.
Charles Darwin didn't discover evolution alone, you know. His trips in the Beagle to the Galapagos islands were supported by august institutions such as the Royal Geographical Society, founded in 1830 to advance geographical sciences.
And they can help you get there too, thanks to a partnership with luxury cruisers Silversea. Guests on a trip to the Galapagos islands, for example, will get access to a whole bunch of special content designed to make sure that by the time you rock up, you'll know everything there is to know about natural selection.
Mayfair’s Stafford London Hotel has recently launched a “Horcierge” room package that includes a two-night stay in one of their historical “carriage rooms”—which served as a thoroughbred stable in the 18th century—as well as a two-hour guided tour around one of the city’s many beautiful parks.
Depending on your ability and availability, you might even get to ride around Windsor Park, residence of the Queen and site of the famous Ascot races. There’s also plenty of British wildlife to see from horseback.
If you’re in London this summer, why not make like the upper-crust and go for a horseback adventure around one of the city’s many parks?
We may have our Sevens, Clockenflap and horse tracks aplenty here in Hong Kong, but ardent lovers of music festivals and live sports may want to look to our Australasian neighbors this summer to get their fix.
The typical Southeast Asian backpack tracks have been written about, read and tread countless times, so this year we’re looking at this side of the globe’s more overlooked corners to give you some destination events worthy of jumping on a plane.
Planning your trips for 2013? We have everything from live music shows, sports events, local festivals and even the perfect holidays for food and wine lovers to help you choose where and when to go. By Katie Kenny and Sean Hebert.
After four hours and a few motion sickness pills, a bus from Vientiane dropped us in the resort town of Vang Vieng. It wasn’t our first time here, but the small town had changed so much that we hardly recognized it. And for once, the changes were for the better.
With the backpacker party seemingly over, this small resort town is heading in a greener and more luxurious direction.
As the Fijians themselves proudly say, Fiji is a land of the big and beautiful. Here you’ll find an abundance of sunshine, water and happy people amidst a breathtaking tropical landscape. Tourism and agriculture are the two pillar industries of Fiji—and rugby probably comes in a strong third, judging by the unanimous enthusiasm of the locals for the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. Suva is Fiji’s capital city, but Nadi—located on the west side of the main island of Viti Levu—is an unequivocal paradise for the tourists. Fiji is made up of hundreds of islands and islets.
To most Hongkongers, Shenzhen’s a destination for shopping, while Guangzhou is pigeonholed as that polluted place you’re dragged to visit relatives during Chinese New Year. But despite misconceptions that it’s all factory smoke and mall mirrors, the city has experienced a renaissance of sorts over the last few years that has resulted in tons of cool activities sure to fill at least a weekend.
Hana R. Alberts braves the smog to venture into the Pearl River Delta, and discovers that our mainland neighbor has more to offer than she thought.
HK Magazine: How did you get the idea of biking home?
Lee Ming-hay: I have always wanted to do an around-the-world trip. I am a fan of a documentary called “Long Way Round” which chronicles a motorbike journey [from London to New York]. I thought to myself, “Perhaps I could do a biking trip, too.”
After living in Germany for four years, Lee Ming-hay thought that it was time to return to Hong Kong. Over 210 days, he pedaled 14,000 kilometers and passed through eight countries. Having returned home safe and sound (and a little bit sore), he reminisces about his epic trip with Grace Tsoi.