We could write for days about why we’re in love with this crazy concrete jungle, but sometimes it’s easier to show our friends and family first hand. From manic markets to wild hills and skyline sightseeing, here are our favourite places that you must simply show off!
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.
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
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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
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…
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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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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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…
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.
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