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Hong Kong Restaurants

As with shopping, you can part with some serious money, but you can go local and eat well for not a great deal of money. However doing this in Central will be a bit of a challenge assuming you don't want the same old fast food you can get at home.

Check out Lan Kwai Fong in Central lots of places to eat and drink in the numerous bars, gets very busy at and popular with resident expats and visitors alike. Good place for a night out but it won't be cheap. Above LKF is SOHO, you could use the longest escalator in the world to get up there. I find it easier to go the top end and work your way down, lots of places to eat, good atmosphere and choice.

If you get the chance have "Yum Cha" (Drink Tea) despite being provided by the gallon is not what it's really about. Trolleys stacked high with small bamboo baskets packed with all manner of Chinese goodies, great experience. Alternatively go to one of the many "Tea Houses", very simple inside, high turnover of people, very busy, some don't close. Great choice of good food, very reasonably priced. I highly recommend the Singapore Noodles, with a side order of the Malaysian curry sauce. But as with "Yum Cha" ideally take a local with you, English isn't widely spoken.

Admiralty offers a blend of Western and Eastern fair, but a huge number of places to choose from, but there are the big hotels with a plethora of restaurants, but not for the faint hearted. Personally I wouldn't make a special trip there to find a place to eat, but good none the less.

Causeway Bay has a good mix of places to eat; you would defiantly find something there to suit your palette and your wallet and come away satisfied.

For the more adventurous there are the floating restaurants in Aberdeen Harbour. Heard varying reports on these, but has never been myself.

Further afield Kowloon side is Sai Kung, go for the day, there's a great beach and if you like seafood there's plenty to choose from. Good local atmosphere there is usually someone who speaks English who will help you in their own unique Chinese way. It won't break the bank and you can have a walk along the waterfront afterwards, during the day you can watch the local fishermen selling their catch from their boats.

Eating in Kowloon can be a bit of a challenge, there are loads of places to eat, very local. A lot of you will have to pass them by unless you have someone local who can speak and read Chinese. Although there are a couple of seafood places in Temple Street market that have Chinglish speakers.

Regarding hygiene it always amazes me that your local food is cooked at super heated temperatures and always arrives at your table too hot to eat. But the bowls and cutlery are left in the street in big containers and then washed in the same water. Don't be surprised to see local people re-washing their bowls and utensils in the tea that is given as part of the meal. The height of sophistication in my view is the toilet roll napkins. All I would say is be careful when choosing somewhere.

Listing all Hong Kong's clubs, associations, interest, hobby and activities groups would fill many pages. Suffice to say it is probably harder to find an interest or activity that is not catered for in some way. Again there are plenty of sites on the web that can give you more detail on planning your culinary delights and night life.

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