Close

Sassy’s Favourite Things to do with Visitors in Hong Kong

1 / 11

The Peak + The Peak Circle Walk

Head up to The Peak for some awesome cityscape views, and if you have time (a little over an hour at average walking speed), do The Peak Circle Walk starting at Lugard Road. This is especially worth doing if it’s a nice day. After that, indulge in some daan dat (egg tarts) at the famous Tai Cheong Bakery at The Peak Galleria.

Sassy Tip: Beat the crowds at The Peak Tram Station by hopping on the red minibus #1 from IFC mall instead. It’s about $10 and will get you up to The Peak in record time.

2 / 11

Get a Suit Tailored

While in Hong Kong, a quintessential experience that is not to be missed is getting a suit tailored. As a city known historically and globally for its tailoring, there are many options available, but for the men out there who are after high-quality and are a little short on time, Empire Tailors is our top choice for tailored suits.

Known for its craftsmanship, quality products and reasonable prices, Empire Tailors is one of the most popular spots in the city to get a suit made by a Hong Kong Tailor. The services on offer mean that you can customise every aspect of your suit, with everything from the fabric, buttons, stitching and lining (not to mention the fit!) being bespoke to you.

Empire Tailors, 63 Mody Road, G/F Shop 6, Houston Centre, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.empiretailors.com

Read more: Empire Tailors: Customising Bespoke Tailored Suits

3 / 11

Seafood Feast on Cheung Chau

If you have a visitor coming into town, gather the troops, hop on a ferry and eat all (no seriously, all) the seafood on Cheung Chau Island. The New Baccarat Seafood Restaurant at the end of the promenade is a top choice, but the fish is fresh wherever you choose to stop!

If you have more time, head over earlier in the day and explore the Cheung Po Tsai Cave, the famous hiding spot of a pirate on the run from the authorities. There’s also the Mini Great Wall and Pak Tai Temple to check out before consuming plenty of Tsing Tao beer with dinner!

Read more: Sassy’s Island Series: Your Guide to Cheung Chau

4 / 11

The Races

The Happy Valley Races are definitely a must… Being a favourite amongst locals and expats alike, an evening at ‘the races’ just can’t go wrong. Grab a jug of beer, treat yourself to a hot dog and then try your luck with a bet or two! Win or lose, you can always hop on the tram for a night in Wan Chai afterwards, the night is still young…

Read more: Top Tips for the Wednesday Races in Hong Kong

5 / 11

Brunching

Turning eggs and bacon on a Sunday into a weekend-long affair filled with endless prosecco and culinary delights, nobody does brunch quite like Hong Kongers! There’s a huge range of brunches available in Hong Kong, from the cheap and cheerful to a high-end affair with stellar views, but each one guarantees a fun day out in the city. Head to Pier 3 post brunch and wind down (or up!) with one of the cheapest pints in Honkers. Take in the awesome skyline and, if you’re on time, catch the light show across the harbour!

6 / 11

Star Ferry + Avenue of Stars

Another way to get a magnificent view of Hong Kong is by walking along the waterfront (through Sun Yat Sen Park) in Sai Ying Pun, hopping on a tram to Central, and then jumping on the Star Ferry across to the Avenue of Stars. There’s just nothing quite like sitting by the water, eating a Mr. Softee Soft Serve and admiring the bright lights of this big city. You may even catch a glimpse of the Aqua Luna’s iconic red sails if you get your timing right! It’s a breathtaking sight, one that will make you (and your visitor) fall in love all over again.

7 / 11

Chi Lin Nunnery

The Chi Lin Nunnery is a large Buddhist temple established in 1934, built in the style of Tang Dynasty, and offers the perfect getaway from the hustle of the city. The complex also has a vegetarian restaurant (located under a waterfall!) and a tranquil public park, Nan Lian Garden. Even if you pop by for an hour or so to walk the park, it’s a great way to get a breath of slightly-less-polluted-air!

5 Chi Lin Drive, Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong

8 / 11

High Tea

Feel like being fancy? Indulging in an afternoon of bubbles, tea and scones is a great way to make your visitors feel special. Hong Kong has a lot of great venues to get your afternoon tea fix, so it’s not hard to find a place to suit your tastes (and budget!).

With so many restaurants and hotels serving up the indulgent afternoon treat, we’re spoiled for choice, but The Peninsula is a Hong Kong institution, not to be missed.

9 / 11

Hike, hike, baby

Surprise your visitor by showing off Hong Kong’s natural beauty and taking them on a scenic hike! Dragon’s Back isn’t too challenging and while it can get busy (go early to avoid a busy trail) the views are unbeatable on a clear, sunny day. Get the bus up to the trail from outside Shau Kei Wan MTR station (City Bus No. 9) and walk all the way across the ‘back’ and down to Big Wave Bay. Get rewarded with a cold beer and a refreshing swim (or surf!) on the beach!

For those looking for a more intense hike, the walk to the other Tai Long Wan beach in Sai Kung can be long and tiring, but oh-so worth it when you end up at one of the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong. And if you don’t want to hike back to Sai Kung town after a day of sun, sea, sand, ho fun noodles and beer, you can catch a little boat back. Perfection.

Read more: Hikes You Need To Do Before You Leave Hong Kong, Hiking Trails Under Two Hours in Hong Kong

10 / 11

Aqua Luna

Take it up a notch from the regular Star Ferry across Victoria Harbor and opt to board a traditional red sail boat, the famous Aqua Luna, instead! Pick the dinner & cruise deal to watch the city gleam during the Symphony of Lights show and enjoy a signature dinner of Hutong’s Northern Chinese cuisine. You’ll be sailing your way through the city in style with the junk’s 45-minute cruise where you and your visitor(s) can lay back and relax with a bubbly in hand! Nothing screams ‘Hong Kong’ more than this quintessential experience…

11 / 11

Tsui Wah + Tram Ride

To conclude your visitor’s stay, give them one last round of the city, but this time on a tram (also locally referred to as the ‘ding ding’)! Try to get a seat in the upper deck because there’s nothing more pleasing than whisking through the different districts and watching the streets bustle from above while the breeze blows in your face!

To make the most of this journey, start at Sheung Wan and end at Causeway Bay for a delightful meal at Tsui Wah – Hong Kong’s popular local tea restaurant (cha chaan teng, anyone?). Whether it’s dim sum or some non-canto Nasi Goreng fried rice, Tsui Wah does not disappoint.

Read more: Sassy’s Favourite Cha Chaan Tengs in Hong Kong

You've finished this slideshow!
Back to article
Back to top
#SoSassy
When you wish you could be in six places at once. ⁠
⁠
What are you doing this CNY? We've got so many ideas we don't know where to start. Follow our link in bio to #sassyhongkong 's guide to *What To Do In Hong Kong Over Chinese New Year*. ⁠
⁠
📷#sassyloves the photographs by the talented @vdubl
Time to cozy up. You're going to love the photos of our latest That Bride's hygge-inspired wedding. Read *That Bride: Katrine Friis Olsen, Pilot At Cathay Pacific Airways* on #sassyhongkong now. ⁠
⁠
📷@storybookstudio_dk
How many of these relationship myths have you been sold? Let's start the new year by debunking a few of the very common (and untrue!) myths such as:
☕️Looking for the best Tsim Sha Tsui coffee shops? We know where to get your caffeine fix in the area. Link in bio.⁠
⁠
#sosassy #hongkongcoffeeshops #coffeetst⁠
⁠
📷@urbancoffeeroaster⁠
⁠
⁠
Ready to take on the week? You've got this 💪.⁠
⁠
📷#sassyloves the photos of our city by @kristof.valgaerts and @ashleebarsky⁠
⁠
#HongKongMondays #mondaymood
Not sure what to wear to work tomorrow? If you're stuck in a workwear rut read *5 Office-Appropriate Looks To See You Through 2020* on #sassyhongkong now. Link in bio.⁠
⁠
#workwearstyle #sundayscaries #hongkongshopping⁠
⁠
Feeling the need to plan a festival fix? Check out *15 World Festivals To Put On Your 2020 Bucket List* on #sassyhongkong now. Link in bio. 🌎⁠
⁠
📷@wonderfruitfestival
Want to combine travelling to far-flung lands with making savings at home in Hong Kong? Become a @marriottbonvoy Member now and you can earn points from travel as well as enjoy dining rewards at Hong Kong bar and restaurants! Head to the link in our bio for all the information you need to know and for some of our Chinese New Year restaurant picks.

#SoSassy

@SASSYHONGKONG