Think you’ve seen and done it all in Hong Kong? Think again. Our city may be small, yet it boasts a plethora of quirky and unique encounters, including squid fishing, cemetery tours and more. So, what are you waiting for? Forget your typical brunch, junk, repeat weekend and embark on one of these lesser-known Hong Kong experiences instead. Who knows, in doing so you might just get to know our home in a whole new light.
Looking for a night out, with a twist? Gather your friends for a thrilling night of mystery with Harbour Secrets. This entertainment events company delights with its immersive murder mystery parties, hosted in your choice of English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Catering to both corporate occasions and private events, the parties bring together traditional murder mystery elements with a distinct local touch, making for a thoroughly Hong Kong experience. This is your chance to dress up and play detective, uncovering secrets and solving clues as you go. Trust us, it’ll be an evening to die for.
How To Book: Head here to book now.
Sassy Perk: Simply mention Sassy Summer when making your booking to receive either 15% off Harbour Secrets’ Neon Nights package, or 10% off customised corporate and private event packages.
Harbour Secrets, www.harboursecrets.com
Editor’s Note: Due to recent events surrounding Covid-19, Hong Kong Foodie has suspended tours until Sunday, 26 July, 2020.
Ready your appetites, this unique Hong Kong experience will have you eating and drinking your way through some of the city’s most iconic neighbourhoods. Set across Central and Sheung Wan, Sham Shui Po and Temple Street, Hong Kong Foodie’s award-winning tasting tours are designed to showcase the very best of local culture and history, all through the universal medium of food. Discover hidden culinary gems from Hong Kong’s fourth generation eateries, witness local food artisans at work and get up close and personal with how the city’s favourite foods and drinks are made. These tours are a true celebration of local foodie culture – and you’ll be supporting small family-run businesses while you’re at it!
How To Book: Head here to book or call 2850 5006
Sassy Perk: Sassy readers can enjoy 15% off all Hong Kong Foodie tours from Monday, 27 July until Monday, 31 August, 2020. Simply use the code sassysummer when booking. Promo code is valid from now for those who wish to book in advance.
Hong Kong Foodie, 2850 5006, [email protected], www.hongkongfoodietours.com
This online yacht booking platform is known to offer a wide range of services, including yacht rentals and junk boat party packages, but not many people know that they also offer sailing lessons and experiences too! If you’ve ever fantasised about learning to sail but thought it would be too difficult or ridiculously expensive, Yacht Holimood is here to prove you otherwise. Sign up to a sailing tutorial package and you’ll be riding the waves in no time under the tutelage of the consultant of the China Cup International Regatta, who also happens to have been the first runner up for the sailing competition in 2019. Whether you’re looking for a new activity to try with friends or a unique, team-building activity to do with your colleagues, you’re certainly in for a fun day in the sun.
How To Book: Head here to book or call 5406 3347
Yacht Holimood, Workshop 3, 12/F, Gravity, 29 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, 5406 3347, [email protected], en.yacht.holimood.com
Believe it or not, squid fishing is a popular pastime for many locals in Hong Kong. It’s a great way to while away an evening with friends, complete with sea breeze and relaxed ocean vibes. As well as sorting out the boat and fishing equipment, the team at Sea-E-O Boating will cook your freshly-caught spoils onboard straight away so you can have a seafood feast while you’re at it. Just be careful not to get ink all over yourself! Squid fishing season runs from the end of April to the end of August.
How To Book: Head here to book or call 5489 4061
Sassy Tip: Fish in style with Sea-E-O Boating’s luxury Infinity yacht. Enquire directly for more information.
Sea-E-O Boating, 5489 4061, [email protected], www.sea-e-o.hk
Also check out Yacht Holimood and Jubilee for alternative squid fishing options.
Editor’s Note: San Tin Farm is currently closed until August. Please call directly for further information.
Looking for a new photo opportunity? Then head over to San Tin Sunflower Farm in Yuen Long, which is known for opening up its insta-worthy flower farm every summer for the public to enjoy. The blooms here are sourced from Japan and the Netherlands, and can grow to be up to 10 feet tall! To get there, simply make your way to Shek Wu Wai bus station (hop on bus 76k at either Yuen Long West Rail or Sheung Shui MTR station, or taxi it from Yuen Long town centre); from there, take the path on the left-hand side of the tunnel (along the river) and follow the signs – the walk is around 10 minutes in total. The farm is open daily throughout the summer months, from 8am to 6pm.
How To Book: No booking necessary, but make sure to bring cash. Entry into the farm is $10, while access to the flower field is $60.
San Tin Farm, Yuen Long, Hong Kong, 9252 4348
Having made its fortune as one of the world’s biggest and busiest ports, it’s no surprise to learn that shipping still remains big business in Hong Kong to this very day. And now here’s your chance to get up close and personal with it all thanks to Hong Kong Yachting’s Container Port Tour. Its boat has special permission to drive right inside Hong Kong port, granting you an exclusive glimpse into the famous container ship terminal. You’ll be in good hands thanks to your expert guide who has had years of experience in the industry. After the tour, you’ll be treated to a beachside barbecue lunch, before making a stop at the fascinating deserted village on Ma Wan. That’s basically two unique experiences in one!
How To Book: Head here to book
Hong Kong Yachting, 2526 0151, [email protected], www.hongkongyachting.com
For a staycation with a twist, head over to Mingle Farm and spend the night in a transparent bubble tent, otherwise known as an AEcoSphere. Billed as a “glamping” experience, guests will have the opportunity to fall asleep under the stars. For bigger groups, check out the inflatable mushroom tents or rainbow houses. The farm also provides inflatable games, bicycles, kites, hula hoops and sports equipment (badminton and football), in addition to an indoor multi-functional hall in case of bad weather.
How To Book: Head here to book
Mingle Farm, Nim Wan Road, Pak Nai, Lau Fau Shan, Yuen Long, Hong Kong, 2891 8263, [email protected], www.minglefarm.com
Proving that our urban jungle really has it all, did you know that there are a number of Hong Kong farms offering fruit picking experiences? Long Ping Strawberry Grape Farm is a favourite for its sweet strawberries and Muscat grapes, while Go Green Organic Farm has pineapples! There’s nothing like singing for your supper to make you appreciate the tasty rewards that bit sweeter.
How To Book: Most farms will allow you to just turn up on the day, but if in doubt, call in advance.
Go Green Organic Farm, Si Pai Shek, Kim Tin, Yuen Long, Hong Kong, 5579 2178, [email protected], www.gogreenlife.com.hk
Long Ping Strawberry Grape Farm, Tai Tong Road, Yuen Long, Hong Kong, 9251 8926, www.yl.hk/lpsb
Desperate to travel this summer? While the jury is out on when we’ll be able to holiday again, this aeroplane-themed cafe is here to help fill the void, at least for the course of a meal. The Galley by Cafe Proud Wings is decked out exactly like a flight cabin, complete with tiny aeroplane windows. On the menu, expect a feast of American and Italian-inspired dishes, including Grilled Iberico Pork Rack, Quinoa & Avocado Salad, Grilled Squid Ink Risotto with Sea Scallop and more. With plenty of vegetarian options to boot, this is plane food like you’ve never experienced before.
How To Book: Walk-in seatings are available. Alternatively, call 3590 3787 to make a reservation.
The Galley by Cafe Proud Wings, 39 Ka Shin Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3590 3787, [email protected], www.thegalley.hk
Calling all true crime and history buffs – this one’s for you. In this quirky tour by Hong Kong A La Carte, guests will have the chance to visit several cemeteries across Happy Valley in order to learn a little more about the famous names who made Hong Kong the city it is today. Expect plenty of anecdotes and facts along the way covering Hong Kong’s rich history, from the Opium Wars all the way to the Handover.
How To Book: Head here to book
Hong Kong A La Carte, 2798 9828, [email protected], hkalacarte.com/tour/cemeteries