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Hong Kong precincts

Complex, multicultural, always-changing Hong Kong can be a hard place to get your head around. You can easily get lost between its islands, peninsulas, valleys and bays. Despite its excellent rail system and red taxis (even multi-storeyed escalators) you need to have a plan if you wish to get around efficiently - and most importantly eat well!

For this, you need this chunky book which has been created with much care and attention to the major aspect of Hong Kong which sets it apart and makes it a traveller's favourite destination or stopover.

Subtitled 'a curated guide to the city's best shops, eateries, bars and other hangouts' you'll soon see that this book has your stomach at heart (if you get my drift). 

With good maps, photographs galore, there are also even sketches so you can do the classic linguisitically-challenged show-and-point trick if you happen to meet someone who does not speak English. The fact is most residents still speak the language and even the younger generation (raised since the 1997 handover) use the internet enough to be able to converse.

So what has author, Penny Watson, covered? Just about everything, really. Boutiques selling bowls and lampshades, children's toys, vintage wear, metrosexual gear and so much more. Shopping done, follow the reports on cool cafes, laneway holes-in-a-wall, street markets, restaurants and bars. 

This book is so well organised, basically you can play 'pick a precinct' then explore it for a day (or more) knowing that you're being led to the very best of what you are looking for, close at hand.

The simple index list all you'll ever need – and more than you'll have time to see unless you live in HK – from the ABC Kitchen (serving foie gras and more on gingham tablecloths in a Sheung Wan food market) to Zuma (a moody bar in Central).

Bon appétit - HK -style!

Hong Kong Precincts, by Penny Watson, published by Explore Australia Publishing, 2015, hardcover, rrp A$34.95. 


- reviewed by Sally Hammond



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