If you've ever been curious to see how regular Hong Kong locals live, come visit the fascinating neighbourhood of Tai Po in the New Territories.
Despite the high-rise housing estates for commuters that have sprung up around it, Tai Po still has a countryside feel. While some parts look extremely modern, the centre of the settlement is older and also more lively. Many of the locals have relatives who emigrated to England and elsewhere in Europe during the sixties and seventies - it is partly because of the funds that they sent back, and partly because of the proximity of both the housing estates and the Chinese University of Hong Kong that Tai Po is both a vibrant community and a very pleasant place to visit, even if you are only going to eat there.
And really, you should eat there; the same cultural diversity that was mentioned earlier (Yuet, Hoklo, Tanka, Hakka) is reflected in the local food, especially in the town centre, where there are a lot of Hakka!
We've got the famous Tai Po Market, one of the busiest and most interesting markets in the New Territories (think of a massive hall of seafood and meat, a huge floor of sundries and then another floor full of delicious cooked food).
Towards the northern end of the same street, the double-hall Man Mo Temple is a centre of worship for the Tai Po area. It was founded in the late 19th century and, like the Man Mo Temple found in Sheung Wan, it is dedicated to the gods of literature and of war.
The neighbourhood also houses the quaint Hong Kong Railway Museum in the former Tai Po Railway Station, which was built using traditional Chinese architectural design in 1913 and is now preserved as a Declared Monument.
This permanent exhibition of Hong Kong's rail history includes photographs, old coaches, samples of tracks, and a full-size model of an electric train compartment, which the kids will love!