Hong Kong City Fix
Hedonists, take note. Hong Kong is where it’s at for food, fashion and fun. We’re talking delicious dim sum, giant bazaars and dazzling harbour views all rolled into one of the safest and most organised cities in the world. So, come with us as we head to the Hong Kong’s bright lights for the ultimate city break.
Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel
First things first, we need somewhere fabulous to rest our weary heads. Where better than a palatial pad overlooking Victoria Harbour? Located near Ocean Terminal Shopping Complex and a short walk to Clock Tower, Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel dishes up the best views in town. Once you’ve caught your breath, make a toast to your city break at one of Hong Kong’s best bars.
Dining at the Four Seasons Hong Kong
The harbour views continue at the Four Seasons Hong Kong. This gorgeous hotel knows how to cook – it’s home to not one, but two three-Michelin-star restaurants. The French-themed Caprice has a cheese cellar that beggars belief while Lung King Heen restaurant is home to the best dumplings in town.
You can trust restaurants displaying the QTS sign as they must pass stringent annual quality assessments.
Hong Kong’s Best Dim Sum
Craving more dumplings? Thought so.U-Banquet has the best steamed shrimp dumplings in the city while West Villa Restaurant has the yummiest pork steamed buns on the planet (101-102, 1/F, Lee Gardens Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay). Last but not least, be sure to pay a visit to Forum Restaurant for its to-die-for fried prawn dumplings (G/F, 485 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay).
Look out for diners tapping three fingers on the table to express gratitude when someone pours tea for them.
Walk off the dim sum with a shopping spree in the old neighbourhood of Sheung Wan. Just a 10-minute walk from Central along Hollywood Road, this is the place for boutiques, antiques, galleries and cafes. We love the Edwardian-style mall on historic Western Market. Another must-see is the aptly-named Dried Seafood Street, Wing Lok Street and Bonham Strand West where locals head to buy dried abalone, scallops and other pungent ingredients for soups and tonics. Finish off your Sheung Wan visit with a triple chocolate cupcake on trendy Gough Street.
Shopping at Tsim Sha Tsui
In the mood for more shopping? You’ll love giant bazaar, Tsim Sha Tsui. Here you’ll journey past Bollywood-themed memorabilia, Shanghainese tailors, sweet-talking restaurant touts, international brand name stores and Asian street label boutiques. You can also escape the hustle and bustle of what’s called “The Golden Mile” at plush malls like iSQUARE, The One and K11. Take a short walk over to Canton Road for luxury designer goods and Hong Kong’s biggest shopping mall – the enormous Harbour City and 1881 Heritage.
Check out Time Out’s guide to Tsim Sha Tsui’s best leather goods and retro stylings.
Symphony of Lights
Celebrate your shopping efforts with a trip to the harbour for ‘Symphony of Lights’. This nightly laser light show gives the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks a good run for their money. The show kicks off at 8pm. And the best part? It’s free.
The best viewing locations are along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront between the Avenue of Stars and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the promenade at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wanchai, and from sightseeing ferries in Victoria Harbour.
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By Amy Compton, follow her on Google+.