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Hong Kong Hidden Gems: Marble Hall Gatekeeper’s Lodge

Built at the beginning of the 20th century – around 1901/1902 – the lodge is the only remaining trace of a sumptuous and hospitable house: Marble Hall, which was once the private residence of Calcutta born Paul Chater, a successful business man of Armenian origins. Often referred to as one of the finest examples of architecture ever built in Hong Kong, the...

Hong Kong Hidden Gems: Luk Keng WW2 pillboxes

Relics of WWII, like air raid shelters and tunnels, are abundant in Hong Kong. Most of these military constructions, sometimes positioned in the heart of the city, were built by the British in anticipation of Japanese threats which intensified from the 1930’s until the battle of Hong Kong in December 1941. Luk Keng’s site is an exception as it was built...

Hong Kong hidden gems : the Shaw Villa

This magnificent abandoned villa belonged to the Shaw family and was part of the  Shaw Brothers Studio complex which was built in the 1960’s in Clearwater Bay. The site was also home to the TVB headquarters (1986-2003) and Celestial Pictures but has been vacant since 2003. The new Shaw Brothers studio in Lohas Park opened in 2005 and is dedicated to...

Chinese New Year – After a year of anxiety, will the ox help us recover?

This year’s Chinese New Year  will be celebrated on Friday 12 February 2021 and will welcome the Metal Ox. The Ox, which represents hard work, positivity and honesty, occupies the second position in the Chinese Zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. According to Feng Shui masters, 2021...

Happy birthday Hong Kong!

180 years ago on 26 January 1841, the British took formal possession of Victoria Island as a direct result of successful military actions ending the first Opium War. Captain Edward Belcher, who surveyed the island in 1841, wrote: "We landed on Monday, the 25th, 1841, at fifteen minutes past eight A. M., and being the bona fide first possessors, Her Majesty's...

Singapore / Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble (ATB)

The Singapore / Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble is on its way. In order to help travellers from Singapore plan their trips to Hong Kong, we have listed below the process that travellers are required to follow in order to be illegible. Hong Kong a la carte is a registered inbound travel agency based in Hong Kong that specialises in private...

Unmask Lantau

Part of our series UNMASK HONG KONG, this post takes a look at Lantau Island’s charms and attractiveness. Known as the biggest and greenest island of Hong Kong, Lantau is also multi faceted and full of surprises. Home to Tan Tian, the tallest sitting Buddha in the world, to the notorious pink dolphins, to Ngong Ping cable car, to many...

Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival from your living room (2)

Following our walk in Tai Hang district to admire the fire dragon dance, today we would like to show you the beautiful lanterns Hong Kong families normally enjoy at this time of the year. Victoria Park lantern displays Every year Victoria Park lantern displays, in Causeway Bay, is the focal point of the mid-autumn festival. A little tacky during daylight, the park...

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