Hong Kong: my favorite little things to do when I am in Hong Kong on a long weekend trip
The Peak is probably Hong Kongs number 1 tourist attraction. Located in the centre of Hong Kong Island, it offers the most magnificent views over the Island Skyscrapers, the harbour, the bay and the skyline of the main land. I love to take the ancient railway up and down, which only takes a few minutes and than you are on top. Make sure you go up as soon as the Peak is clear and you see no fog or clouds around it. It may occur that you will have no view several days in a row, so hurry up as soon as it´s clear!!!
Soho and the famous escalator going up from Hollywood Road to Bonham road offers a cute little district with small individual restaurants, boutiques from local designers with individual styles, coffé shops… here you can strawl around and enjoy a day of shopping without beeing stuck in the masses that you find in The Landmark mall or on mainland Harbour City mall (which you also should visit). Now it´s time for a snack. Next to the escalator you find “Life”, a nice vegan café with organic food and products, or you just walk along Staunton or parallel Elgin Street and you find a big variety of international restaurants. If you also enjoy the simple way of life, you shouldn´t miss to dine at cockroach alley in LKF. It´s a very famous little square with a popular outdoor Thai restaurant „Lucky Thai“. Packed with expats and Europeans, it is a good location to meet people. Food is just yummy, yummy, yummy.
Soho is also Hong Kong´s art district and has a variety of galleries. The most famous one is the Opera Gallery with Chinese and international contemporary art.
As soon as sunsets, the bars around Wyndham Street fill up with people having their first after work drink. My favorite is The Feather Boa Bar on Staunton Street, Soho. If you walk up the escalators you turn right on Staunton, than walk over the next left handed street, stay on Staunton, the second place on the left hand side, looks like old dirty curtains are drawn and the place is not open, but it is!!!!
Enter and you see an rococo style bar, crowded, and it is not only famous for their style, but for the absolutely stunning, divine strawberry daiquiris with a chocolate rim. Addictive!
After you go back down towards Wyndham road, which is above the party and tourist district Lan Kwai Fong. You pass the bar „Tonic“ on your left, and on the next corner there is a a little stairway going down and opposite street side an escalator going up. There is the LKF Tower Hotel and it´s bar Azure on the 28.th floor. This bar is in a highly designers contemporary look and offers stunning views overlooking the skyline from Wan Chai from inside and from the outside area which also allows smoking. After enjoy a drink in the area around, and as it turns nighttime, Dragon-I is the place of choice.
At 3am Drop is opening it´s doors. This legendary Hong Kong night club is located in the basement of a residencial building and is a hidden secret. You walk back onto Hollywood road, turn right, and opposite the escalator you turn right and walk down 15 meters. You see a walkway going into a path and at the end there is a building with a black door. Open it, step in, and walk down. You already hear the music. You are at Hong Kongs most fun night club called Drop!!!!
At around 6 o´clock drop will close, if you are still awake, jetlagged and you havent gotten enough, than Buddha Lounge is the next stop. As you walk out of drop and towards Hollywood Raod, you will see the entrance of Buddha on your left hand side. This is an electronic music club and it´s DJ´s have no worries to battle with anyone on the turntables in Ibiza!
Chinese New Year celebration
if you visit Hong Kong over Chinese New Year or western New Year, you will be able to see spectacular fireworks which are shot from platforms in the centre of Victoria Harbour. If you don´t feel like squeezing into the masses on the promenade and all harbour view restaurants are either fully booked or too expansive, than you definitely should go to Sevva Bar at the Prince´s Building in Central on Hong Kong Island. The terrace overlooks the harbour and is free of charge, the cocktails are great and if you fancy anything sweet, their cakes and macaroons are divine. www.sevva.hk
Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
If you spend a day walking around Hong Kong island, you definitely shouldn`t miss a ride with the hight trams. Going from one side of the island to the other one, just hop on and get off where ever you like.
At the crossing of Hennessy Road and the Wan Chai metro station you will just see fairly across on your left handed side the beginning of the local food and souvenir market. You find any kind of exotic fruits like dragon fruit, star fruit, mangostin, spices and Chinese medicine. Chinese lanterns are giving the absolute traditional feeling to it.
In Causeway Bay you find all kinds of Chinese brands clothing shops, bigger chains and individual shops, mainly Chinese shoppers come here. Now if your feet are tired and you need a break and some relaxation, a foot reflexology massage is the perfect recovery:
Big Bucket Foot Refelxology located on 9171,8 km Shop 1-2, 264-269 Gloucester Rd, Hong Kong Causeway Bay.
Star Ferry at Wan Chai Ferry Pier
The Star ferry is not only the most conveniend transportation way to get from Wan Chai to Kowloon, but it is also the most exciting one. For around 50ct you drive from the island to the mainland with stunning views over both harbour sites. I suggest you do it once during daytime and once during nighttime when everything is lit up!
Comming from the island, make sure you sit on the left hand side of the ferry to get the nicest views!
TST Tsim Sha Tsui
Symphony of Lights
If you thought that the Victoria Harbour was already spectacular during daytime, wait until you see the multimedia light and sound show from the TST promenade in front of the Hong Kong cultural centre. Over 40 buildings seem to fight against each other with their lazers, accompanied with a magical light and sound show. This is free of charge and occurs every night at 20:00pm for 15 minutes. http://www.discoverhongkong.com/us/see-do/highlight-attractions/harbour-view/a-symphony-of-lights.jsp
If you don´t feel like standing on the promenade with the masses to enjoy the light and sound show, you definitely should book a table at Aqua Restaurant. It is located on the 29. +30.th floor of the building Peking Nr.1 and overviews both sides, of the Victoria harbour. The menue offers Japanese and Italian cuisine. The extreemly high quality of the food and the creation of the chefs match perfectly with the magnificent interior! The place to dine number one in Hong Kong! If you couldn´t get a booking, a drink at their bar could also be an option.
Same view but a totally different feeling offers Hutong, also from the aqua restaurant group, just one level below Aqua. Contemporary and traditional Chinese cuisine in an extraordinary Chinese designed ambiance will make you never forget this mouthwatering explosions and this unique atmosphere. A Must! www.hutong.com.hk
Ozone at Ritz Carlton
Located on the top floor of Hong Kongs highest building, the International Commerce Centre (ICC Building) Ozone bar located on 118/f is the highest bar in the world. The interior is supposed to bring you the feeling of the galaxy right into the building. The outside views are magnificent and also the cocktails are yummy. A MUST in Hong Kong! www.ozone.com.hk
Another nice way to enjoy the light show is by Aquas event boat Aqua Luna. On a 45 minute sailing trip on one of the last remaining red-sail Chinese junk boats. Drinks are included in the fairly cheap price starting 124 HKD Aqua Luna also offers daytime and afternoon cruises through the Harbour and to Stanly Market. We love it!!!! www.aqualuna.com.hk
Zuma Hong Kong
another one of my favorites is Zuma. I enjoy Zuma around the world (Dubai!!!!! Istanbul, Hong Kong), the food is great, the atmosphere is posh and modern, the crowed is interesting and international, drinks are superb, a guaranty for a great evening.
Din Tai Fung: best Dim Sum place in Hong Kong @Harbour City Shopping Mall
if you happen to enjoy Dim Sum, there are two ways to get the best Dim Sum of the Town. Either someone invites to to the private China Club, or if you are not that fortunate, you cue like hundred other Chinese people on the 4.th floor of the Harbour City Mall at Din Tai Fung for amazing truffle-pork dim sum and many more…
The Peninsula Hong Kong
This traditional Hotel and its Top bar Felix, was the number one spot in Hong Kong before Aqua, Ozone and Co opened their doors.
Nathan Road and it´s legendary neon signs is worth a walk during twilight when just everything is lit up. Make sure no Indian tailor or Chinese electronic salesman will rip you off!