I'm loving trying all the different foods in China - Aoibhinn
Actress Aoibhinn Garrihy is using her downtime in Hong Kong to sample some local cuisine.
The former Fair City actress is currently touring with The Gate Theatre's production of Pride and Prejudice and the blonde beauty says she's enjoying her time in China.
"I've never been to China before. I'm just back from Sydney where I spent New Year's with my family and my sister Ailbhe who lives there," she told the Diary.
"That was a long trip across the world but Hong Kong will be totally different from a cultural point of view.
"Performing at the Hong Kong Arts Festival is an amazing opportunity and one which I feel very privileged and grateful for. It's certainly one way to tick China off the bucket list in style," she added.
In her free time from their busy schedule at the festival, Aoibhinn (28) - who featured in season two of The Fall with Jamie Dornan - is hoping to fit in some food tasting and shopping.
"I think taking this show to the festival will be very special. Judging by news from the festival box office - the show has sold out since December - Jane Austen is as much loved in Hong Kong as she is anywhere else which is really exciting," she said.
"The cast really get on so I think touring together will be a lot of fun," she said.
"It's a busy performance schedule but we'll be making the most of our time there to get out and about and see the sights
"Of course, shopping is also high on my agenda. I hear it's amazing.
"I can't wait for the Hong Kong cuisine. Downtime in rehearsals has been taken up with food itinerary planning - I'm open to trying most dishes and have got some really great restaurant recommendations.
"Dim sum is definitely on the list. Thankfully the empire-line gunas are a little more forgiving to allow for the indulgence," she added.
Aoibhinn also has a busy summer ahead with both work and auditions.
"I'm very busy with my drama school in Ennis, Actors and Reactors. We are rehearsing for our show at Glor theatre in April, so it will be busy when I'm back," she said.
"The family business, Dublin Bay Cruises, will be busy too as the sailing season kicks off.
"In terms of the day job it's business as usual, auditioning and looking forward to the next exciting project.
"Who knows where the next one will take me," she added.