Like a big Chinatown, Hong Kong encompasses all your favorite things Chinese, with a European twist. It is Asia’s ultimate city-break with the best nightlife, vibrant local markets, great street food and a cityscape that will take your breath away.
For a super short break in Hong Kong follow these three simple rules to get the best of what this great city has to offer:
1) Think vertically. Hong Kong is the world’s most vertical city and you have to remember that the action happens upwards. Hop on the Central Mid Levels Escalator, the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator, and the path that thousand Hong Kongers take every day to work. The escalator will take you through vibrant So-Ho, the heart of Hong Kong island, where you can connect to famous Hollywood Road, a hotspot for edgy fashion boutiques, trendy bars and coffee shops, antique shops and hip crowds. If while on Hollywood road you find yourself at the entrance of a Buddhist temple, don’t hesitate to step in. You’re at Man Mo Temple, one of the oldest in Hong Kong, also known for its giant hanging incense coils.
Not a long hike away from Hollywood road, the Peak Tram awaits to carry you up to the world famous Victoria Peak and the jaw-dropping post card views of the picturesque Victoria Harbour.
2) Eat your way through Old Hong Kong. Underneath the ultra-modern surface of the city, there’s still buckets of hidden colonial charm and a very local vibe. Coming back down from your Peak ride, enjoy some delicious Cantonese Dim Sum dumplings and buns at the 1933 stylish art deco Luk Yu Teahouse in Central, which was once a popular den for artists and intellectuals. If there’s some space for dessert visit the nearby Tai Cheong Bakery for the smoothest and creamiest egg tarts in town.
It’s been said that you haven’t seen Hong Kong if you haven’t been to a Cha Chaan Teng. The Cha Chaan Teng was one of the most popular type of teahouse in the 60s, serving what is basically a Chinese version of Western food such as milk tea, pineapple buns and scrambled eggs and ham sandwiches. Famous Cha Chaan Teng include the Australia Dairy Company and Capital Café.
3) Party the night away. There’s no such thing as an early night in Hong Kong. Cross over to the Kowloon side on the historic Star Ferry and enjoy the harbor views on this classic Hong Kong ride.
At the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront join the happy crowds to watch the magnificent Symphony of Lights free show rock the Hong Kong island with laser beams and music. The show that takes place every night will get you in the mood, even if you think you’re ready to throw in your-sweaty-towel. Rooftop bars such as Tsim Sha Tsui’s Aqua Spirit and Ozone Bar or Wooloomooloo are great places to sip a sophisticated cocktail while gazing at the island’s iconic skyline for one last time.
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