Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan jungle, one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in Asia, with a show-stopping skyline, a legendary restaurant, a wild coastline and beautiful countryside.
High finance and high fashion collide amidst the soaring skyscrapers of this culture capital, charming colonial sights and exotic nightlife alike are dotted throughout the city.
Once you’ve spent 24 hours in Hong Kong, experienced the city’s unique culinary, fashion, outdoor and kid-friendly experiences, you’ll definitely want to come back.
PLACES TO STAY
Ritz Carlton – Situated on the 103rd floor, in one of the World’s tallest buildings, on Hong Kong’s Kowloon side with spectacular views over the city and Victoria Harbor, the Ritz Carlton certainly has a ‘wow’ factor. Facilities on site are spectacular, including the World’s highest swimming pool and serious spa with Harbour View treatment rooms. Dining
options include Michelin-starred Chinese and Italian restaurants and the rooftop bar, Ozone, is one of the city’s most popular due to its location on the 118th floor.
Upper House – The Upper House is a slick property with some of the best views from Hong Kong Island. The interiors are the work of Chinese designed Andre Fu and has a boutique-minimalist feel, but with a cozy warmth and charm. The exquisite rooms and suites are decorated with best quality materials, and clever design maximizes space. Such luxuries as
complimentary mini bars, cozy seating and a library to enforce the company’s ‘house’ philosophy.
Landmark – Located in the heart of Hong Kong’s business and fashion districts, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. This sleek urban hotel, set above the Landmark Mall exudes style, sophistication and serenity, and is famed for its impeccable customer service. Dazzling dining options are at the contemporary French restaurant, Amber, and trendy Mo Bar, one of Hong Kong’s hottest dining and drinking spots.
WHERE TO EAT
Mott 32 – Located in the basement of the Standard Chartered Building, you are transported into an unexpectedly chic and refined space. The menu consists of delicious and unique dim sum combinations, and some of the crispiest and best suckling pork you’ve ever tasted. For those who didn’t get a chance to go to Beijing ahead of time, they also serve the best Peking duck in the city.
Otto E Mezzo – Located inside the fashionable Landmark shopping arcade, Otto E Mezzo serves some of the best Italian food in the city. The atmosphere is sophisticated and is a place where both businessmen and Hong Kong socialites alike gather for a late evening meal or drink at the bar.
Lung King Heen – Executive Chef, Chan Yan Tak was the first Chinese chef to receive 3 Michelin stars. Located inside the Four Seasons Hotel, the restaurant is elegant but has the energetic buzz of a restaurant in Hong Kong.
Peninsula Hotel – First time visitors will want to indulge in the afternoon tea at this Hong Kong landmark. Although wait times are long, and the lobby is full of tourists wanting to partake in this tradition, it is a magnificent experience and one not to be missed.
The center of town boasts some of the best shopping in the world and spectacular antique shopping on Hollywood Road. On the far side of the harbor in Tsim Sha Tsui are a further range of boutiques, department stores and other retail outlets, all grouped under a single roof in Harbour City. After dark, the rowdy Temple Street Night Market in Kowloon comes alive with ample stalls selling weird and wonderful foodstuffs, counterfeit goods and obscure potions. Have your fortune told, listen to opera singers busking and watch games of Chinese chess played out with intense concentration.
Hong Kong has a dynamic cultural scene traced back to its Chinese roots, colonial connections and the contributions of its home-grown talent. From Asia’s top film festival to Tai Chi at dawn to the drumbeat of a dragon boat. Soak up indie music