This is an article extracted from the Time Out, named " Relax! It is the holidays!" One more reason to buy it for the one staying in HK for the festive season!
" 10 Things to do these holidays!
1 Pick some strawbs
With the winter chill starting to settle in, strawberries are back in season, making it the perfect time to take the little ones along for some farmyard fun. Pick your own punnet (or more) of fresh, ripe strawbs, and then make jam with them or just eat them on the go! Open daily 9am-6pm, DD 76 Lot, 655 Hok Tau Rd, Fanling, 9302 0258; strawberry-farm.com.hk.
2 Brush up on your Warhol
Bone up on your pop art over the holidays with a dose of Andy Warhol at 15 Minutes Eternal. Tickle your artistic senses with more than 370 items from the Andy Warhol Museum including his famous screen prints, drawings, photographs and even archival objects documenting his creative life. Whether you’re captivated by his work or just interested in his whirlwind career, come and peek into the life of a legend. Art Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2721 0116, hk.art.museum, $20. See p73.
3 Eat, drink and be merry
You’re probably going to partake in plenty of food and booze this holiday season but if you’re looking for more, head along to the 10th Hong Kong Food and International Wine Festival between December 23 and 26. For four days, sample the city’s best wine, food and spirits. There are more than 500 food booths and plenty of special offers from traders. Look out for the song and dance performances too. Dec 23-26, HKCEC, 1 Expo Dr, Wan Chai, hka.com.hk, $10, additional $40 for wine fest admission.
4 Help the homeless
Christmas is a time for giving – so there’s nothing better than helping others over the holidays. Aid the Salvation Army by hosting a party where guests can bring along secondhand clothes and blankets which can be donated to homeless people, particularly in Kowloon (call 2710 8911 for donation details). Alternatively, just get together with friends, dress up as Santa and give out sweets to kids on Christmas Day!
5 The butterfly effect
Get some quiet nature time away from all the drinking and gorging at Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve. The butterflies are at their
peak this time of year and you can see more
than 200 types of vibrantly coloured varieties enjoying the crisp winter air. Public guided tours (10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm, $50 per person) are the best way to enjoy the walks, animals, plants and history of Fung Yuen. And, of course, the butterflies. Open daily 9.30am-5pm except Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s
Days. 150 Fung Yuen Rd, Tai Po, 3111 7344; fungyuen.org. $20.
6 Discover our best buildings
We’re surrounded by these amazing buildings in Hong Kong but how much do we really know about them? Take some time off and enjoy the tourist board’s Architecture Walk, which takes you through the streets of Central. The guided tour paints a colourful picture of the city’s architectural history, from the quaint remnants of colonialism in Statue Square to the engineering marvel that is the International Commerce Centre. Every Sat, 10.15am-1.15pm, City Hall Annex, 3 Edinburgh Pl, Central, 2508 1234, discoverhongkong.com, $200
7 Camp it up
Get away from the madness of the holiday season and get camping! There are plenty of sites across the SAR but we’d recommend Long Ke Wan and Tai Long Wan Tsai Peninsula South as the must-sees. Treat yourself to a view of Hong Kong’s sunrise on the ocean-lined horizon or, if you’re someone who craves a little more adventure, try hiking around the Sai Kung Peninsula to guarantee a spectacular vista and rewarding walk. Think starry nights, steaks on the barbecue, songs around the campfire and you’ve got yourself the real holiday break. Check out
afcd.gov.hk and follow the links to ‘campsites’.
8 Marvel at migration
If the names Hainan Blue Flycatcher and Blyth’s Leaf-Warbler don’t ring a bell, chances are there’s a whole new side to Hong Kong you’ve yet to explore. And this is the best time of year to do it, as more than 50,000 birds settle in Mai Po Nature Reserve as part of their annual migration. The best way to get acquainted with the 450-plus exotic species of birds on show is through the tours held every Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays (three hours, $90). So ditch that turkey, grab your camera and get in touch with our winged friends at Christmas.
Mai Po Nature Reserve, Yuen Long, wwf.org.hk.
9 Party at New Year
Okay, so some of us do want to live it up on NYE. Here’s our pick of the parties: Countdown Louder at the Woobar, 6/F, W Hong Kong, VIP tables $5,888. Roaring Twenties NYE Party at Armani/Privé, armaniprive-hk.com, dinner package from $2,050. Countdown to 2013 at Zuma, zumarestaurant.com, $200. Gilles Peterson at the Kee Club, keeclub.com, $500. NYE Bottomless Bash at Fly, clubfly.com.hk. Prohibition Gangsters and Flappers Night at The Pawn, thepawn.com.hk, $1,000.
10 It’s the end of the world as we know it
There’s no use worrying about the end of the world on December 21, so why not celebrate it instead. For a refined way to go out, enjoy Aqua’s End of the World meal ($2,112.12, aqua.com.hk) for a dinner that’s fully refundable if the world actually does cease to be. Dance the blues away at Midnight & Co’s End of the World with THC + David J in the ‘Dark Room’ (midnight.hk) or Bisous’s End of the World Party (bisous.com.hk). Or see the world end in an alternative way with Jim Schneider’s Mayan Suite 2012 (Peel Fresco and Joyce Is Not Here, peelfresco.com, 6pm, $120), a multimedia show throwing up an array of apocalyptic scenarios!"