V&VPR City Guide: Hong Kong

Just four hours away from Singapore by flight lies a haven for food-lovers, adventure-seekers, and shopaholics. If you take all the best elements of bustling city life and the refreshing outdoors, you’d get Hong Kong in all its wonder. With its lofty skyscrapers, mouth-watering food, and scenic hiking trails, this vibrant city is the perfect getaway to recharge and unwind.

If you’re planning a trip to Hong Kong anytime soon, here are some ideas to get you started!

MUST SEES AND CULTURAL SITES

You can’t plan a trip to Hong Kong without including Victoria Peak in your itinerary! The view from the peak encompasses a breathtaking, panoramic view of the city. The fastest way up is by the Peak Tram, but we suggest taking a morning hike to the top to avoid tourists and get your daily dose of fresh air and cardio.

Stop by PMQ and support Hong Kong’s local indie scene at this hub for creative and design industries. The former Police Married Quarters that once housed police officers has been transformed into the most hipster place in Hong Kong, boasting unique shops and cafes for the curious patron.

Catch a glimpse into Hong Kong’s age-old fishing culture when you visit Tai O Fishing Village. With a tranquil atmosphere so different from the hustle and bustle of the city, this quaint fishing village runs on delicious street-side food and charming scenery. Another must is the Big Buddha on Lantau island, which is one of the largest seated Buddha statues in the world.

If you love a good bargain, go shopping at Mong Kok Ladies’ Market, a shopping paradise for fashionistas. End your day by taking the iconic star ferry across Hong Kong’s energetic Victoria Harbour, and marvel at the stunning views of the skyline.

FOOD, CAFÉS AND BARS

You’ve probably heard at least one person sing high praises of the food in Hong Kong and trust us when we say it isn’t for nothing.

Fuel your day at Urban Coffee Roaster, Elixir, or Polygon Café for a good caffeine fix; or if you’ve got a sweet tooth, drop by Kam Wah Bakery, an established bakery famed for having the best pineapple buns and egg tarts that Hong Kong has to offer; and if you’re on the hunt for delicious oozy, golden lava custard buns, Chau Kee’s got you covered!

For savoury dishes that are out-of-this-world, check out Kau Kee at Gough Street for tender beef brisket noodles. Order the Beef Brisket Kway Teow Soup for a light yet delicious meal or treat your tastebuds with the Curry Beef Tendon noodles for that extra kick and a richer flavour. We also recommend the Australian Dairy Company for an authentic Hong Kong-style breakfast and amazing scrambled eggs. Beware of the staff who can be quite direct though!

On a corner of Peel Street lies Chôm Chôm, a kitchen and bar that serves classic Vietnamese street food and beers that will take your taste buds to another part of Asia entirely. Or if you’re looking for mouthwatering Chinese food with an innovative twist, be sure to dine at Ho Lee Fook. If you’d like to try some of the best peking duck in Hong Kong, Mott 32 surely will not disappoint with their specially marinated ducks, smoked over Applewood over a 48 hour preparation process. If you’re a sucker for scenic views and great service, chill out with friends and loved ones at The Continental’s Garden Terrace, and dig in to the vast variety of European cuisine offered there.

After your meal, take a trip to The Old Man, a little Ernest Hemingway-themed speakeasy on Aberdeen Street for some refreshing cocktails or Iron Fairies, a bewitching bar with a hanging garden of 10,000 preserved butterflies elegantly dangling from the ceiling, a sharp contrast to the rest of the 80-seat space modelled on an ironsmith’s workshop and furnished in raw iron.

HIKES

Hong Kong is a paradise for hikers of all levels. The city possesses some of the most scenic hiking trails, and it’s the perfect activity to burn off calories from all the delicious treats you’ll be indulging in.

Take on the Dragon’s Back trail, a gentle, undulating route that’s manageable for most, and be greeted with stunning views of Tai Tam, Shek O and Big Wave Bay. For more of a challenge, take on the Lion Rock hike, an uphill trail that will be sure to work your glutes, and be rewarded with million-dollar views of Hong Kong at its peak.

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS

Of course, no holiday is complete without a few picturesque photos for the ‘gram.

Pose in front of vibrant graffiti walls in Sheung Wan neighbourhood or head down to Choi Hung Estate for strikingly colourful backdrops that will bring life to your Instagram feed. We also recommend heading down to the pale blue walls at Lok Wah South Estate Garage that are lined in a fashion to help you produce trippy #OOTD photos.

Alternatively, pay homage to Chinese culture by filling up your feed with enchanting views of Nan Lian Garden, a charming park with a beautiful temple over a sparkling body of water, all of which was constructed in the style of the Tang Dynasty.

STAY

After a long day exploring the sights and sounds of Hong Kong, we know the perfect place to lay your head and get some well-deserved rest – check in to one of the spacious and luxurious rooms at The Upper House by Swire Hotels, a modern luxury hotel that is the ultimate place to be seen. Take in the sweeping views of the city from Level 49 Café Gray Deluxe.

 

If you’re here on a business trip, and are looking for somewhere to unwind in comfort, EAST  Hong Kong provides wide, well-lit rooms, with stunning views from the rooftop bar.

If you enjoy nightlife, we suggest The Perkin Hotel, situated right next to Knutsford Terrace in Tsim Sha Tsui where bars, restaurants, and live music are plentiful. Head to party central Lan Kwai Fung with a multitude of bars and clubs, including Dragon-I, Asia’s most creative and eclectic vision of lounge, dining and partying for the global glitterati. Or for a more authentic feel of Hong Kong, book into Hotel Stage, a classy boutique hotel situated in the middle of bustling Yau Ma Tei.

With a vast array of things to see, do, and eat, Hong Kong is a delight for all travelers to explore. This beautiful city is an eye-opening destination just waiting to be uncovered by those hungry for a good time and a good adventure.

 

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