Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan city and the ultimate Asian city for luxury travellers. Known as being the Far East’s version of New York and London, Hong Kong has a thriving dining and shopping scene, but that’s not all it has to offer. With a wealth of culture and history, there’s plenty to see and do no matter what you enjoy.
1. Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak (also known as ‘The Peak’) is the highest point on Hong Kong island and completely unmissable. No matter how much time you have in Hong Kong, make time for The Peak. Take the 120-year-old tram up to the top of the mountain and marvel at the panoramic views of the city beneath you from The Peak Tower. Make a reservation at Pearl on the Peak for a fine dining experience you will never forget.
2. Get a Boat to Tai Won Lang
Tai Won Lang is only accessible via boat or hiking, and is worth the effort to visit, although we suggest the boat option if you don’t have a lot of time as the hike takes 90-minutes. The waters at Tai Won Lang are crystal clear and the beach is so quiet and peaceful it’s hard to remember you’re in Hong Kong. The scenery is breathtaking, and the sands are pristine. It’s also a great beach for surfing, and if you forget your surfboard, you can hire one at the local beach shack!
3. Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
The Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware is a part of the Hong Kong Art Museum, and has a fascinating collection of traditional ceramic teaware as well as ancient antique ceramics. You’ll never think tea can be so interesting until you visit Flagstaff House! As well as the tea museum there are two other museums adjacent to it which are also part of the art museum, and well worth a visit if you have an hour or two to spare.
4. Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple
The Grade I listed Wong Tai Sin Temple on Kowloon is home to three religions; Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism, and as well as being an important religious centre, the beautiful ornate building means it’s also high on most visitors’ ‘must visit’ list.
5. Day Trip on a Luxury Junk
You can’t go to Hong Kong and not take a trip on the South China Sea in a traditional Junk, but while many have toilets that you have to manually pump, the AQUA restaurant group have restored a beautiful old Junk to luxurious 5-star standards. The Aqua Luna is the perfect option for anyone who enjoys the finer things in life. You can choose which sailing option you’d like, and naturally each one comes with delicious drinks and canapes.
6. Big Buddha
The area where the humongous Tian Tan Buddha statue sits was once a remote monastery hidden by the rainforest, but now it’s one of the most famous sites in the World. In 1993 the Po Lin Monastery was flung into the spotlight when the ‘Big Buddha’ was erected, and now draws pilgrims from all over Asia. Take a private helicopter tour to see it from above, or if you want to get up close and personal, take a taxi and then walk the 268 steps to see Tian Tan.
7. Temple Street Night Market
See a glimpse of traditional China with the Temple Street Night Market on Kowloon. As soon as the sun goes down the market comes alive with locals selling everything you could think of. Like stepping onto a movie set, not only is the market buzzing with shoppers, but the theatrical displays are mind-blowing with opera singers and entertainers coming out to delight the crowds.
8. Sip on Cocktails in The Sky
Ozone is the highest bar in the world, sitting in the Ritz-Carlton on the 188th floor of the famous International Commerce Centre (ICC building). Sip on a martini amongst the clouds and savour the views below you. This is stylish, cosmopolitan Hong Kong at it’s best. Whether you want a quiet drink with your loved one or are up for something more exciting, Ozone has it; take a Cocktail Master Class or unwind with tapas and the resident DJ.
9. Get a Shirt Made at Ascot Chang
If you’re a lady or gentleman who appreciates decent tailoring and lookign sharp at all times, you must visit Ascot Chang and come away with a wardrobe of their bespoke shirts. Arguably the most famous bespoke shirt maker in Hong Kong, the family-run brand was established in 1953, and grew so rapidly they now also have stores in Shanghai, Manila, Beijing, New York, and Beverly Hills.
10. Dine at three-Michelin starred Lung King Heen
Dine with views over Hong Kong at the three Michelin-starred Lung King Heen, which serves traditional Cantonese dim sum in the Four Seasons hotel. It was the World’s first Chinese restaurant to be awarded three-stars, and is well worth the effort of booking weeks in advance.