Author: Kopal Manglik

Born in New Delhi, brought up in Hong Kong, and having lived in New York, city life is in Kopal's blood. You can find her exploring her beloved city. Whether it's the latest sustainable fashion store, or the cutest new coffee shop, she loves finding the hidden secrets of Hong Kong. In her free time, Kopal is a active advocate for animal welfare and adoption, and she runs a Facebook and Instagram page, @adoptdontshop.hk.

We’ve all been on staycations, and even seacations , but if you are looking for something truly unique and memorable, you have to check out houseboats! A one-of-a-kind luxury experience, where the amenities and décor of five star hotels meet the cosy, intimate experience of an AirBnB, staycationing on a houseboat is the next new way to holiday. So whether you are looking to celebrate a birthday in style, or just enjoy some peace and quiet out on the sea, here is the ultimate list of houseboat rentals in Hong Kong for you to book your next vacation! Vintage | British-style…

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Hong Kong and scuba diving might not exactly be synonymous, but you will be surprised by the beautiful dive spots you can find in Hong Kong! Delving into Hong Kong’s waters might not be as iconic as Philippines or Maldives, but you will find a number of interesting sights from great corals to aquatic life and even some mysterious shipwrecks! Read on to find out everything you need to know about scuba diving in Hong Kong. What is scuba diving? Many people are not aware that the term Scuba is actually an acronym, standing for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. It…

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Hong Kong is known for its food scene and with the rise of Instagram, any and everyone has become a food-ographer. But if you’ve already tapped out all the regular photogenic joints, don’t worry, we have your back – it’s time to get exploring the New Territories and outlying islands, and we’ve also mentioned some photo-worthy spots on Hong Kong island. From cheerful pastel palettes at Café Library to moody vintage themes at love letter-inspired lounge Dear Lilly, check out our list of the best Instagrammable restaurants in Hong Kong. Café Library by Espuma — Fusion/Western, Sha Tin   Café…

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If you are visiting with family or just looking for a fun day out in Hong Kong, theme parks are the tried and tested way to have a great outing. While Hong Kong is a tiny place, there are a number of different amusement parks and attractions to suit everyone’s fancy! Whether you are five and love your Disney princesses or are looking for a thrill ride, there will be something in Hong Kong for you. So check out this list of our favourite theme parks and themed attractions in Hong Kong and let us know if you go in…

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There are many animal lovers in Hong Kong but due to small apartments and crazy busy lifestyles, not many people are able to adopt a pet. Enter – cat cafés! A great opportunity for cat enthusiasts meet, pet and give scritches to cats while enjoying a nice coffee and a snack, or even a full meal if they are hungry. Most cafés are also very supportive of local cat shelters and adoptions, so it’s a way to give back to the community. So if you’re a local or tourist cat lover, here is your ultimate list to cat cafés around…

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As the up-and-coming hippest and hottest neighbourhood in the city, known by some as Hong Kong’s Brooklyn, Sham Shui Po is no longer just the go-to spot for textile or electronic shopping – it is becoming a haven for food and coffee lovers. In particular, there is an incredible array of new and revived cafés to visit. Whether you are looking for a quick pick-me-up, a space to work, or just a nice spot to relax and read a book, Sham Shui Po has something for everyone! Kokoni Pets can cool off on the concrete patio (© Kokoni) Relatively new…

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As global warming becomes more and more apparent, a greater number of people have started to make small switches in their everyday items. These can go a long way, not just in helping individuals become zero waste, but also by signalling to companies through our dollars that protecting the environment is an important value to consumers! While most of our products in Hong Kong currently come in single-use plastics that pile up in landfills, there are a number of companies available that provide reusable, refillable, or biodegradable alternatives. For someone just starting on their green journey, here are some eco-friendly…

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In the summer months, even thinking about hiking makes one sweat. So, people looking for a way to cool off while still enjoying the wonderful nature Hong Kong has to offer opt for water sports. One of the most popular water sports is wake surfing. Aboard a flat board, you will be pulled by a rope attached to a speedboat until you’ve built up enough momentum to surf the waves created by the boat’s wake. So if you’re ready for a fun way to spend an afternoon or morning enjoying the sea and sun, read on below about where to…

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Hong Kong is known for its beautiful hikes and scenic views, but sometimes that’s too much for your kids or parents (or even you!). So why not hop on a bike: single, tandem, rickshaw or with a basket for your furry kid, and get exploring on these bike trails suitable for the whole family! Whether it’s an especially flat, scenic trail or offers plenty of water and recharge points along the way, these family-friendly cycling routes will ensure everyone has a safe, enjoyable time. Sha Tin (Tai Wai) to Tai Po Shing Mun River (© Discover Hong Kong) Perhaps the…

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Sustainability is definitely a buzzword in recent times with both companies and individuals realizing the importance of changing their ways in the face of global warming and climate change. While taking big steps can be quite overwhelming, here are little ways that you as an individual can help reduce your carbon footprint while also having fun! Buying secondhand © Becca Mchaffie, Unsplash Perhaps one of the biggest contributors to our carbon footprint is fashion. The fashion industry produces 10% of all humanity’s carbon emissions, more than the aviation and freight transportation industries combined. And it is the second-largest consumer of…

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