There's lots to do in HK, no kidding

City talk | Susan Liang 23 Jul 2021

Some parents have to take time off from the office to fulfill the duty of keeping their children occupied with meaningful activities.

Before the pandemic one just needed to book a holiday abroad.

With travel restrictions, they wish someone would write a small book on what is available in Hong Kong.

Time Out magazine currently recommends bringing your children to Pixar Fest at Harbour City. However, you have to book in advance as they need to control the crowds.

Then there are the ice skating rinks in Tsim Sha Tsui, Discovery Bay, Kowloon Bay, Quarry Bay and Festival Walk, with the biggest being the one in Kowloon Bay: Mega Ice at Mega Box.

Trip Advisor suggests that you equip your kids with gloves if you are taking them to these rinks for finger protection.

And of course there is Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park.

Adults can try out the evening harbor cruise on Aqua Luna at HK$238. Again bookings are required.

Or you can book a private event at a reasonable price at the Landmark Mandarin Hotel at the Please Don't Tell bar, up the staircase within Mo Bar itself.

The atmosphere is cosy except they only serve "dogs." Of course, I mean hot dogs of every kind.

Then there is cycling and I can recommend doing it at either Tai Po or Inspiration Lake near Disneyland.

But the most scenic cycling track is from Sha Tin to Tai Mei Tuk. Go with someone who has done it before.

For little kids, try the seaside cycling trails at Tseung Kwan O.

They will need to put on their helmets and parents can start by renting the bikes at the Velodrome. It also has a playground.

Try not to go to the islands on weekends because they are packed.

For senior citizens, there is always the cinema and walking.

I can recommend Emperor Cinemas, which are very comfortable, and Aviary Park,which is accessible from Kennedy Road. It has birds and butterflies of every description.

For the hip crowd there is Wo On Lane where you can get good live acoustic guitar music at Ila Bar, which is run by a nice young lady of Filipino and Chinese extraction.

As for food, you can bring your kids to the Sunday free-flow brunch at Madame Fu at the Tai Kwun.

It is great value for money. Adults can do free-flow dinner on Saturdays at the same place from 7pm to midnight with DJ music thrown in.

We are so lucky to be in Hong Kong although quite a number of my friends are leaving as they are not happy with the leadership here, especially after hearing Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor closed down all lines of enquiry on the three top civil servants attending the infamous dinner with an executive from the troubled mainland developer Evergrande.

This sends the wrong message to ordinary people that she and her administration are above the law.

Equally, I find it quite strange for the US government to issue a business advisory to all American companies operating in Hong Kong to warn them about doing business in Hong Kong when the head of the US Chamber of Commerce, Tara Joseph, states that most US companies still think Hong Kong is a good place for business.

She hopes we can continue to use Google and Facebook here, and I share the same hope.

Susan Liang is a lawyer who likes to speak her mind on issues that concern the man on the street

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