With much to explore, there is plenty to fit in during a brief encounter in Hong Kong. Between a long layover or a short stay throughout your Asian invasion tour, any amount of time is worth a quickie in Asia’s World city.
And a world city it is, with trending fashion malls to an array of global cuisine, you’ll feel at home no matter your passport status. So whether you want to immerse into Cantonese culture or embrace the melting pot, an enticing itinerary awaits you in the Pearl of the Orient.
Where to stay depends on your preference… Hong Kong island offers a western edge from British settlement, mixing business with pleasure throughout sparkling skyscrapers and trendy nightclubs. Take your pick on the endless options of bars and restaurants scattered throughout Soho and the infamous Lan Kwai Fong. The laid back staff will make you feel at home, as your patronage adds to the worldly appeal of the atmosphere. For the self-proclaimed “Hong Kongers” are just as happy to be in the City as you are.
Just make sure not to drink too much of a sake-tequila-gin hybrid drink in Aqua’s rooftop bar, because you’ll need the patience to pose amongst hundreds of other tourists at Victoria’s peak the following morning. While the active can hike, the hungover choose to tram up for Hong Kong’s most scenic views. But don’t linger too long, since you’ll want to dive into the maze of bazaars up and down Hollywood road. From contemporary design boutiques to antique markets, there’s a gift for everyone at any price.
Get your shopping in fast, because you’ll need to squeeze in a trip to the Island’s south side for a quick trip to Stanley market before hitting up Repulse Bay’s Cabana for Champagne sips at sunset.
However, if you plan to spend your evening in Kowloon, the mainland peninsula bustling across the Victoria Harbour, keep your wallets full and your bags empty to make room for the endless possibilities of antiques collected at Temple Market. Though don’t neglect the crowded trail of knickknacks at the Mok Kong Ladies Market. Take your time in the dubbed ‘dark side’ of Hong Kong, looming with grungy street markets under the neon clouds.
So make your move, and do it fast; because when there’s an opportunity for a quickie in Hong Kong, take it. Stay efficient, stay safe, and always; live responsibly.