INTERVIEW – What’s Hip in HK’s Back Yard? Win a New Guidebook


A new travel guidebook demystifies the great megalopolis beyond Lo Wu. HK’s back yard is more than just Queen’s Spa, cheap crap and dodgy dentists, so Hong Wrong spoke to the publisher of a new guidebook entitled ‘Explore the Pearl River Delta’ for some tips…

Scroll down for details on how to win a copy.

Harvey Thomlinson, what are your top 5 tips for Hong Kongers and expats visiting Shenzhen?

  1. Culture in Shenzhen is thriving as grassroots creative enterprises are making their presence felt with far more cutting-edge shows and exhibitions. The OCT Loft is a great place to check out contemporary art and design. (Subway: OCT)
  2. Shenzhen offers a surprisingly sophisticated live music scene. At B10 – home to the annual OCT Jazz Festival –  you can check out everything from Japanese pop to avant-garde German electro. (Subway: OCT/Qiaocheng East.)
  3. The well preserved Ming Dynasty Dapeng Fortress, located about a 90 minute bus ride from Luo Wu, played a critical role in China’s coastal defence for centuries. (From Luohu, take a No. H92 or E11 bus to Dapeng City and then a taxi or local bus to Pengcheng Village.)
  4. Shenzhen has a number of scenic park such as Lotus Mountain Park, which is located right in the heart of the central Futian district. On Sunday mornings, the beautiful gardens are alive with kite flyers, troops of dancers, people playing badminton and old folk singing revolutionary songs. (subway Lianhua Mountain).
  5. Shenzhen’s native Hakka cuisine is the local fare and can be found in a host of local eateries such as Shekou’s unpretentiously named Hakka Restaurant. (Subway: Seaworld)

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What are the best, lesser-known hidden secrets of HK’s ‘backyard’?

One of the PRD’s best-kept secrets is its beaches. In Shenzhen prefecture, beaches can be found to the east of the city in the districts of Yantian and Longgang.

The region also offers good hiking. Luohu in Shenzhen may be considered downtown but it is also home to Wutong Mountain National Park (3.9.5) Shenzhen’s most popular hike spot. The mountain park is free to enter and offers several routes.

The PRD’s three decades rags-to-riches story detracts from our awareness of the region’s long history, stretching back to Neolithic times. For example, the course of Chinese history was turned here in Guangdong, where much of the first opium war played out. Cultural treasures are secreted in and around the four cities covered by this book and make fabulous destinations around which to map days out.

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What other tips and features can we find in your book?

The full-colour travel guide, published in English with Chinese translations, features full train and boat schedules between Hong Kong and four PRD cities, as well as shopping, eating and entertainment recommendations for four cities (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Dongguan). It is time to check out Hong Kong’s Back Yard!

Hong Kong’s Back Yard: Explore the Pearl River Delta is available at Bookazine, Dymocks, Swindon Books, Hong Kong Book Centre, Cosmos, Relay and all good Hong Kong bookstores.

To win a copy, simply ‘like’ this page on FB – a winner will be randomly selected this Wednesday.

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