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Hong Kong: Past Tense

Hong Kong is known to many as a city that never sleeps. While modernity and skyscrapers have a firm hold here, there are plenty of pockets where the past still lingers. This is our journey into the Hong Kong that once was, and still is.

GETTING AROUND
The Star Ferry has changed little since it began ferrying folks between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central (and Wanchai) in 1888. As you sit in their reversible wooden seats, enjoy the scenic ride which beats taking the MTR or bus. When on Hong Kong island, take an incredibly cheap ride on the tram, the original carriages of which ply the same routes that remain unchanged since 1904.

Hong Kong from the Star Ferry at Tsim Sha Tsui


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Lamma Island: Far from the Madding Crowd

Fishing boats and seafood restaurants at Sok Kwu Wan

Just a 30 minute boat ride away from the Central Ferry Pier, Lamma Island feels miles away from Hong Kong’s skyscrapers and fast pace of life. From the village of Yung Shue Wan, a 3km walking trail links you to Sok Kwu Wan via small sleepy villages, rural rugged scenery and sandy beaches, with excellent views of the surrounding ocean from its position high above the island. Enjoy a seafood feast at picturesque Sok Kwu Wan – with its colourful fishing boats and seafood restaurants – before returning by ferry to the big city.