Gleaming skyscrapers, Michelin-starred noodle stalls, secluded beaches and a buzzing party scene all make Hong Kong the perfect place to experience the best of East meets West.
Here are tips about getting the most out of a trip to Hong Kong.
Home to 7 million people, the former British colony’s densely packed districts weave around lush greenery and the iconic harbor of the fast-paced financial and trading centre.
Now a Chinese territory, Hong Kong has everything from luxury boutiques and some of the world’s best Cantonese cuisine to traditional markets, delicious hawker food and breathtaking hikes in the hills.
Transportation around the main island and the much larger peninsula, including bustling Kowloon, is a seamless affair by subway, bus and the famous “ding ding” tram. Taxis are plentiful and outlying islands are short ferry rides away.
BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER
Hong Kong offers non-stop gastronomic delights, with local and international fare available from before dawn until after partygoers leave the clubs in the early hours of the morning.
At roadside eateries, you can choose from dim sum, congee rice porridge, wonton noodle soups and claypot rice dishes.
For a more refined meal you can’t go wrong at Luk Yu Tea House at 24-26 Stanley Street in the Central district.
The decades-old restaurant – with stained glass windows, wooden panelling and ceiling fans – is evocative of old Hong Kong. Go for the steamed barbecue pork buns and shrimp dumplings.
For top-notch cuisine in elegant surroundings, try to wangle an invitation to the China Club on the top floors of the old Bank of China building in Central, where you will be transported back to 1930s Shanghai.
Enjoy traditional and modern dishes surrounded by vintage art and ornate lanterns.
Island Tang in The Galleria at 9 Queen’s Road and award-winning Yung Kee at 32-40 Wellington Street, famous for roast goose and thousand-year eggs, are other favourites in Central.
Hutong, at 1 Peking Road in the Tsim Sha Tsui district, is designed to resemble Beijing’s ancient narrow alleys and courtyards. It serves northern Chinese food with spectacular views of Hong Kong’s neon skyline.
For a relaxed brunch or casual dinner, head to the seaside promenade in Stanley, on the south side of the main island.
At the colonial Murray House, eating options include Wildfire for thin crust pizza and the Mijas Spanish Restaurant. On Stanley’s main street, there is a wide variety of cafes and eateries.
The Peak Lookout at 121 Peak Road, with its leafy outdoor patio, is lovely for a picturesque meal.
For more buzz, head to the Soho area in Central. Restaurants range from small mom-and-pop places to hip joints like Brickhouse at 20A D’Aguilar Street for Mexican food and Yardbird at 33-35 Bridges Street for yakitori and other Japanese delights.
Many new restaurants in Soho have a no reservation policy, so get there early to avoid the crowds.