If any Canto-speaking expats want something out of the ordinary to do of a weekend and Fridays, the company for which I work is running uber-chill New Territories tours; take in the panorama of the Tsing Ma Bridge, see Yuen Long Park's towering Aviary Pagoda, gawp at a magnificent ancient ancestral hall and study hall. Then indulge yourself with shopping on Yuen Long's main street at the original shops of two famous Hong Kong bakeries: Wing Wah for traditional pastries and Hang Heung for equally renowned almond cookies and egg rolls and wife cakes! There's also a dim sum meal included in this tour at the 1 Michelin Star rated Tim Ho Wan with priority seating. All these and a most comfortable air-conditioned coach and knowledgeable tour guides who provide historical, cultural and local background to all of the tour's stops.
All that, for $168. (+ $20 tour guide tip.) No forced shopping involved.
Price includes: bottle of water for each guest and a little souvenir.
Pick up at: K11 Mody Rd./Kowloon MTR.
Drop off at: Kowloon Hotel/ HK. station for easy transportation options.
Tour is designed for Cantonese speakers.
Get out of the city and see the part of HK. omitted from even the best guidebooks.