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Get your adrenaline fix during Hong Kong's sports month, as the city comes alive with world-class sporting events-from the first-ever FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix, to the second-annual Cyclothon and the celebrated Hong Kong Tennis Open. After cheering on the action, experience the dynamic city of Hong Kong-its iconic skyline, legendary cuisine, sights both historic and thrilling, and its lush, protected nature where rare birds and colourful traditions thrive.

Hong Kong Cyclothon

  • Sunday, 25 September, 2016, 3-5pm for International Criterium Race
  • Tsim Sha Tsui East
  • Best vantage points are both sides of Salisbury Road (near Tsim Sha Tsui promenade)
  • Two award-winning UCI World teams joining this year's Cyclothon include Italy's Lampre Merida and Australia's ORICA-Bike Exchange.

Gear up for a celebration of all things cycling with the Hong Kong Cyclothon, the biggest event of its kind in Hong Kong. The highlight of this mega-event is the International Criterium Race, which welcomes more than 20 international teams and over 200 professional cyclists from across the globe, competing right in the heart of the city. Don't miss this excellent opportunity to witness the intense rivalry between world-class cyclists! Early in the morning, 50km and 30km races give visitors and locals the opportunity to cycle around the city. If you've missed the chance to join this year, keep an eye out for next year's recruitment.

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CNN follows the cycling team Lampre Merida as they compete in the Coppa Bernocchi race ahead of their first appearance at the Hong Kong Cyclothon

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Start your day with a breakfast buffet and a stunning view of Victoria Harbour at Café on M on Mody Road. By night, enjoy a cocktail and superb views at the Ritz Carlton's Ozone, the highest bar in the world. Experience Hong Kong's delectable street food at the Michelin-recommended Mammy Pancake, renowned for their scrumptious egg waffles. For more places to eat and drink in Tsim Sha Tsui East here.

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In the evening, don't miss the world's largest permanent light and sound show Symphony of Lights on the East Promenade-a spectacular multimedia show involving more than 40 buildings on both sides of the harbor. Experience magnificent 360-degree Victoria Harbour views from day to night at sky100.

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Take a ride on a Star Ferry, and enjoy riveting views of skyscrapers and jungle-clad hills. Take a subway to the Mongkok Ladies Market for some feminine treasures, or head to the street markets of Sham Shui Po, each of which has its own specialty.

Battle Of Victors

  • Saturday, October 8, 2016, 7 p.m.
  • Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Rex "The Wonder Kid" Tso is a high school dropout, who, five years ago, was known as "Burst Tyre Yu" because of his poor fitness. Tso will be going for his 20th straight victory at the Battle of Victors.

Catch the thrill of world-class boxing as unbeaten Rex "The Wonder Kid" Tso returns to the ring against undefeated Japanese Ryuto Maekawa. With an audience of more than 5,000 and eight scheduled bouts with fighters from Australia, Japan, the UK, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, Hong Kong, and Macau on the fight card, Battle of Victors is set to be biggest professional boxing event in Hong Kong history. Don't miss it.

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Enjoy a communal dining experience at 22 Ships, a buzzing tapas bar opened by celebrated chef Jason Atherton. The restaurant only seats 38 people, so be sure to arrive early. For something different, savor steamed xiao long bao dumplings and pan-fried meat buns at Liu Yuan, considered one of the best Shanghainese restaurants in town. Find out more great places to eat and drink in Wan Chai here.

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Explore the creative and quirky world of comics and animation at Comix Home Base; housed in a cluster of revitalized prewar buildings with cantilevered balconies, high ceilings, and staircases made of China fir wood, the complex is also a great example of Hong Kong's historic East-meets-West architecture. Another example of Hong Kong's fusion of characteristics is Wan Chai, which is filled with ancient Chinese architecture and Western colonial buildings; Asian and international cuisine; quirky antique shops and luxury boutiques.

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Tour the city on a "Ding Ding"-a quaint, double-decker electric tram. Check out the Hong Kong Arts Center, which features the best of contemporary local art and culture; be sure to visit its Pao Galleries, which houses year-round, world-class exhibitions of arts and crafts. By night, visit The Wanch, one of Hong Kong's hottest live music clubs, or Ophelia on Lee Tung Avenue, Hong Kong's hippest new bar.

FIA Formula E ePrix

  • October 8-9, 2016
  • Central Harbourfront
  • Formula E racecars can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3 seconds, with a maximum speed of 225 km/h.

Witness the first-ever Formula E championship in Hong Kong, a fully-electric racing series and a ground-breaking innovation in sport and innovation. Set against the iconic skyline in the city's central district along a 2 km track that uses existing roads, Formula E combines energy, entertainment and environmental friendliness. Enjoy interactive activities and competitions while helping to drive a greener future.

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Treat yourself to a high-end meal at the glamorous 8½ Otto E Mezzo Bombana, spearheaded by Umberto Bombana (the former executive chef of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong and often lauded as the best Italian chef in Asia). Or go for authentic Cantonese fare at The Chairman, a unique eatery with creative dishes like shredded pig's ear and tripe salad. Discover more places to eat and drink in the SoHo neighborhood here.

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Wander among hundreds of delicate antique tea sets from the Tang (618-907) through the Qing (1644-1911) dynasties at the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. Take the Victoria Peak Tram to the spectacular Victoria Peak, which looks over Central and beyond - you'll see a glittering forest of skyscrapers, the harbour and - on a clear day - Kowloon's eight mountains.

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Visit PMQ, a 1950's "Police Married Quarters" that once housed hundreds of families and is now home to dozens of restaurants, studios and boutiques run by local artisans and designers. Also check out PoHo, a funky neighborhood that's a hub of creativity.

Hong Kong Tennis Open

  • October 8-16, 2016
  • Victoria Park Tennis Stadium
  • The Tennis Open marks the return of elite women's professional tennis to Hong Kong after two decades.

Watch the tennis world's brightest stars battle it out at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, a Women's Tennis Association-sanctioned International Series Event. More than 50 of the best female tennis players will compete in singles and doubles for the prize of USD $250,000. There will be a tournament village next to the stadium for visitors to browse. Get your seats now to experience this exciting showpiece event.

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Relive the nostalgic charm of Hong Kong's swinging era at Goldfinch Restaurant. For a delectable dessert, head to Lab Made for house-spun ice cream made using liquid nitrogen-go for one of the Hong Kong-inspired flavors, such as bean-curd pudding or sweet red-bean soup. Check out the new Seafood Room in Causeway Bay, new interactive seafood dining experience. Discover the city's top dessert shops here.

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Stroll along Causeway Bay's waterfront, for a look at Hong Kong's maritime past and present, and stop in the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, the first of its kind in the city. A block east of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club stands the Noonday Gun, which Noël Coward made famous in his song Mad Dogs and Englishmen. It's still fired by a Jardine Matheson employee at noon every day. Find more places to visit here.

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Wander the beautifully landscaped Victoria Park-Hong Kong's largest park; come at dawn to watch the hundreds who practice tai chi chuan here. Try your luck at the legendary Happy Valley Racecourse-the exhilarating blur of galloping hooves under jockeys dressed in bright silk jerseys is a must-see.

Hong Kong ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup

  • October 15-16, 2016, 6:30 a.m.
  • Lantau Island
  • Hong Kong's largest island, Lantau is known as the "lungs of Hong Kong" because of its abundant forests, relative dearth of skyscrapers, and many beaches, fishing villages, and hiking trails.

Cheer on the finest triathletes from around the world as they test their physical and mental strength and endurance. The event is divided into a variety of categories: the international Elite Open, Age Group, Paratriathlon, Relay Races, Schools and TriKids. Get inspired as you watch the athletes perform.

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Savor house-made sausages and burgers on artisan buns at Mavericks, a hip surf-themed weekend spot right on the water in Pui O. Or chow down on heaping plates of savoury lamb and falafel at Bahçe, a busy place near the Mui Wo ferry pier that draws locals and expats alike. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea or dinner at Tai O Lookout at Tai O Heritage Hotel, a gorgeous glass-roofed restaurant.

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Visit Po Lin, a huge Buddhist monastery and temple complex, and home to the famous Tian Tan Buddha, which sits 34 metres high. Trek to Lantau's far-flung west coast to Tai O, the historical home to the Tanka boat people, where houses are built on stilts above the ocean, sampans ply the dark-green waterways, and elderly residents still dry seafood on traditional straw mats and make the village's celebrated shrimp paste.

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Take the 5.7 km Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car ride across the island and enjoy a bird's eye view of the magical deep blue sea and lush green mountainside beneath your feet. As you step out of the cable car, you will be greeted by the culturally themed 1.5-hectare Ngong Ping Village, boasting a wide array of shops and eateries. Or hike to the top of Lantau Peak for the most glorious views of Lantau and beyond.

Harbour Race

  • October 16, 2016, 8:30 a.m.
  • Victoria Harbour
  • Along the harbourfront
  • The Race has always represented Lion Rock Spirit-the strength and unity of Hongkongers.

Catch the thrill of 3,000 swimmers of all ages racing 1.8 km across iconic Victoria Harbour. Held annually from 1906 to 1979 when it was suspended, the event was resumed in 2011 to the delight of the locals. The race brings together Hong Kong's natural beauty and the metropolitan experience.

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Enjoy some of the city's best dim sum at Tim Ho Wan, a popular eatery opened by a former Four Seasons Hotel chef; go in midafternoon to beat the crowds. Don't miss Yum Cha for traditional Chinese dishes and dim sum with a modern twist. Find out everything you need to know about dim sum here.

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Climb aboard a Victoria Harbour cruise to see the city from its symbolic centre; the skyline looks incredibly modern, especially when surrounded by the more distant mountains. For the full treatment, take a ride in a traditional junk. Visit Harbour City Mall-Hong Kong's biggest mall, with 450 shops, around 50 restaurants, three hotels and two cinemas. Take a short ride from the Harbour to the tranquil Chi Lin Nunnery and its surrounding garden, which are built in the Tang Dynasty style and feature Buddhist treasures and relics.

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Take a ride on a luxurious gondolas on the 60-metre-high Hong Kong Observation Wheel for stunning day- and night-time views of the Victoria Harbour. Just a short ride away, Ani-Com Park@Harbour "FUN" is a new selfie-themed park showcasing 30 life-sized sculptures of classic local Ani-com characters, set amongst the historical and artistic attractions of Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai district.

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