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Out and About
 
Beyond Central - The South Side
   

Head to the south side for quick fix relief from the intensity Hong Kong living.  The moment you pop out of the Aberdeen tunnel you can feel a little bit of that urban pressure subside.  And it's the easiest way to impress visitors who have not ventured beyond the confines of Central or Causeway Bay, they are generally astonished when they see the golden sands and green jungle.  

There are a number of great hikes (note to the Brits; the word hike in this context does not mean rucksacks, a compass, maps and Kendal Mint Cake.., it is basically a robust walk) that can terminate with a cleansing ale or iced tea.

Black sheep

Black Sheep

G/F 330 Shek O Village
Shek O
T: 2809 2021

Funky and unusual décor accompanied by pretty good Italian food.

 

Cococabana

UG/F Beach Building, Island Road
Deepwater Bay Beach
T: 2812 2226

Jean-Paul Gauci hosts this Euro French restaurant overlooking the beach.  Not quite Cinquante Cinq, but there should be more places like this.

 

Shek O Chinese and Thailand Seafood RestaurantShek O Thai

Beside the roundabout, 303 Shek O Village
Shek O
T: 2809 4426

A legend in its own lunchtime.  An ideal end to a morning hike, or for the less vertically inclined, a jolly spot for a cold beer and a hot curry.

 

Shek O village

Wander into Shek O on a Sunday and have lunch at the Thai beside the roundabout followed by a stroll around the village.  You can watch the mating rituals of young Hong Kongers as the boys lead their (potential) girlfriends around, photographing them (often with a friend/assistant in tow) in sultry poses by the roadside.   Finish your adventure with a stubby cooler clad beer at the tiny Back Bar beside the windsurfing club.

 
 
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