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November 22, 2007

The Great Outdoors

With humidity at an all time low, temperate autumn breezes coasting in from the harbour and the bluest skies this city has seen all year, even the most unlikely characters are itching to embark on an outdoor experience. Whether you’re the banker who rarely sees the light of day or the iron-woman who takes the hiking trails by storm, it’s time to take your place on one of Hong Kong’s stunning outdoor playgrounds…

Surf’s Up
This weekend, get ready to experience the thrill of white-capped waves and enjoy the sight of glistening bodies at the Billabong Hong Kong Surf Cup. Catch a wave this Sunday, November 25th at Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung, one of HK’s most remote and spectacular white-sand beaches (Enquiries: 2890 2831, Registration Fee: $160, Boat Tickets: $90).

Speed Up
Feeling the need for speed?  Get your helmet out and your wetsuit ready for Seafari, an aquatic adventure on the fastest speedboat in HK. This thrilling powerboat ride through the waters of Hong Kong will whiz you past the islands, leaving those old-school ferries in the dust ($300pp, min 6 people per trip).  Hold on tight!

Jump Up
Go jump off a cliff, literally!  Take to the air with Sky Adventure, a paragliding course that will leave you on high.  Get a running start and soar above the mountaintops at paragliding sites in Shek-O, Sai Kung, Lantau and Ma On Shan.  Whether you’re a first timer or en-route to getting your advanced license, the sky’s the limit with this ever-popular x-treme sport (9620 0577,!

Drink Up
Toast to an evening with two of Hong Kong’s oldest and most beloved icons, The Peninsula Hotel and The Star Ferry.  Your night will begin with a transfer on a 1960s open-top vintage bus, followed by a champagne harbour cruise on the newly refurbished classic vessel,  “Shining Star.”  Complete your historic journey with a 3-course set dinner in The Peninsula’s grand lobby (Cruise & Dine Package: HK$1,288+10% for two people, 2315 3170,

Eat Up
Relish in the open-air vistas of TST’s brand new Italian alfresco dining hotspot, Spasso.  Executive Chef Massimo Curti, hot from the kitchen of Dolce & Gabbana’s “Gold” in Milan, has designed an enticing menu including fresh pastas, oven baked pizzas, mouth-watering meats and cheeses and heavenly gelato.  Every day, between 5:30 and 7:30pm, enjoy Spasso’s signature “Aperitif Moment,” complimentary hors d’oeuvres and antipasti platters to accompany an extensive list of over 60 cocktails and 40 wine-by-the-glass (Shop 403, Level 4, Ocean Center, Harbour City, Tsim Sha  Tsui, 2730 8027).  Mangia!

Warning: The Dim Sum girls have not spent a lot of time in The Great Outdoors, they are more likely to have witnessed them while carrying their shopping bags to the car or sipping cocktails on a roof-top bar.  Proceed at your own risk!

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