INSTA TRIP: HONG KONG

With more than seven mil­lion res­i­dents packed into a dense ur­ban core, Hong Kong isn’t an ob­vi­ous des­ti­na­tion for a well­ness-fo­cused get­away. But its crowded side­walks and tow­er­ing build­ings be­lie the pres­ence of ex­ten­sive un­de­vel­oped green spa­ces and cou

Best Health - - CONTENTS - By KAT TANCOCK

How to ex­pe­ri­ence the healthy side of this bustling lo­cale

BEST SLEEP

The Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Hong Kong ( foursea­sons.com/hongkong) oc­cu­pies prime real es­tate in Hong Kong Is­land’s Cen­tral District. Let Master Wil­liam lead you through a se­quence of tai chi poses aimed at har­mo­niz­ing yin and yang, fol­lowed by a soak in the out­door hot tub, with views of the busy har­bour be­low. Treat­ments at the luxe on-site spa in­clude the Chi­nese Well­ness Rit­ual, which be­gins with a warm­ing scrub of cin­na­mon, honey and rice and ends with a full-body mas­sage.

BEST EATS

The sea­sonal menu at Shang­hainese veg­e­tar­ian restau­rant Kung Tak Lam (280 Glouces­ter Road) might in­clude im­i­ta­tion dishes like sweet and sour mock pork and veg­e­tar­ian shark fin soup along­side pan-fried noo­dles and stir-fried veg­eta­bles. Grass­roots Pantry (grass­rootspantry.com) fea­tures su­per­food-rich dishes with lo­cal and global in­flu­ences, such as kelp and mung bean noo­dle soup and teff and oats por­ridge with tamari sprouted seeds.

BEST GREEN SPACE

Get your heart pump­ing on the rolling hills of Dragon’s Back, a pop­u­lar 8.5-kilo­me­tre sec­tion of the 50-kilo­me­tre Hong Kong Trail that stretches across Hong Kong Is­land. Mul­ti­ple van­tage points give you views of beach­side vil­lages and the South China Sea. The route fin­ishes in Tai Long Wan, or Big Wave Bay, a year­round surf­ing des­ti­na­tion that makes a good spot to cool off with an ice cream or a dip in the ocean.

BEST RIDE

Rid­ing the down­town streets isn’t for the faint of heart, but the less-pop­u­lated New Ter­ri­to­ries are well suited for ex­plor­ing on two wheels. Fol­low your guide from Moun­tain Bik­ing Asia (moun­tain­bikinga­sia.com) past an­cient walled vil­lages to learn more about the his­tory of Hong Kong. Af­ter a dim sum lunch, you’ll con­tinue ped­alling to­ward the Hong Kong Wet­land Park. Bring your binoc­u­lars to camp out in the hides and spot lo­cal bird species, with the Chi­nese tow­ers of Shen­zhen in the dis­tance.

BEST SEREN­ITY

Hong Kong might have a pure-busi­ness ex­te­rior, but its re­gions are dot­ted with ac­tively used tem­ples ded­i­cated to Bud­dhist, Taoist and lo­cal deities that make for peace­ful re­treats. On Hong Kong Is­land, duck through the dec­o­ra­tive door­ways of Man Mo Tem­ple to breathe the scent of burn­ing in­cense coils as lo­cals make their of­fer­ings. On Lan­tau Is­land, the 34-me­tre bronze Tian Tan Bud­dha sits above the Po Lin Monastery ( plm.org.hk), home to a veg­e­tar­ian restau­rant and flower-filled gar­den.

BEST DRINKS

Leave plenty of time for tast­ing and brows­ing when you drop by one of Ki Chan Tea Co.’s two lo­ca­tions (kichan

tea.com). In busi­ness since 1942, the shop sells a se­lec­tion of more than

100 loose teas, many of which are roasted and pack­aged in-house. One stand­out is the smoky fer­mented puerh, which can be steeped mul­ti­ple times through­out the day – the most sought af­ter (and pricey) one has been aged for some 70 years. b

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HIKING THE HONG KONG TRAIL

HONG KONG GEOPARK

RE­LAX­ING AT THE FOUR SEA­SONS HO­TEL

PU ERH TEA

GRASS­ROOTS PANTRY

YOGA AND TAI CHI

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