The bustling city of Hong Kong has plenty to offer from burgeoning arts scene to unmatched panoramic views. Here’s a list of some gems you must add to your travel map when you visit this vibrant city.
Do you know the street art you pass by every day might be a masterpiece worth millions of dollars from a world-famous artist ? Grit meets pure expression in the streets of Hong Kong where murals lend an edge to match the city’s energy. Join an art tour to walk around one of Hong Kong’s creative districts SOHO and brace yourself for a great inspiration.
2. Sham Shui Po
The variety of electronics, toys, garments and fabrics in Sham Shui Po can be overwhelming, but this is where both locals and visitors shop. Keep your eyes peeled at Ki Lung Street, Tai Nan Street Street and Wong Chuk Street for street art. And when you’re done shopping, how about trying yummy bean curd to complete the experience?
Formerly the Police Married Quarters, PMQ’s transformation into a mecca for design and boutiques has given it a new lease on life. Cafes and cutting-edge studios make good neighbours in these converted flats dedicated to burgeoning creative industries. Expect exhibitions and workshops in addition to the exciting selection of clothing, fashion accessories and homewares.
4. Lee Tung Avenue
Printing shops specialising in wedding invitations once stood side by side on this street. Today, Lee Tung Avenue is a colourful tree-lined pedestrian road decked in seasonal décor, flanked by patisseries, lifestyle purveyors and concept stores. It’s where East meets West — sophisticated, cultured and tres chic.
Meet over 100 of your favourite personalities and movie stars in the incredible world-renowned wax museum. Madame Tussauds Hong Kong brings almost to life all those big stars you thought you’d never be able to meet face to face. Add this great museum to your Hong Kong itinerary and enjoy walking the red carpet!
Special moments call for a breathtaking helicopter ride over Hong Kong’s mountains and skyscrapers. If you have the luxury to splurge, a tour provides panoramic, bird’s-eye views of Victoria Harbour and attractions around the island.
7. Fireflies at Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve
Catch the wonderful show of lights by fireflies amid sounds of nature under the night sky in Tai Po Kau nature reserve. Experience nature after dark with an experienced guide that takes you deeper in the forest in search of the fireflies so you can have a closer look and learn more about these creatures.
8. Horse Race and Pub Crawl
When in Hong Kong, horse race is a must see! Sign up for the Wednesday Race Night and Hong Kong Pub Crawl tour for an action-packed trip spanning Causeway Bay (Hong Kong’s shopping hub), Happy Valley (home of the iconic horse races) and Wan Chai to discover Hong Kong’s best bars.
9. SOHO Gallery
Hong Kong hosts over 200 galleries of various sizes and styles, showcasing artwork from great talents of our time. Since exhibitions change from time to time, every visit is never the same. Tagging along in an art tour treats you with modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, installation and photography by both Chinese and global artists. Gain insight on artwork valuation, auction secrets and perhaps a few tricks on how to bargain in the art market.
10. Wildlife Night Tour
For those who prefer the roads less travelled, an adventurous night walk along Hok Tau Reservoir and Sha Lo Tung abandoned village are the perfect trails to see the urban jungle’s wildlife including the nocturnal bats. Other than basking in the wonderful city lights of Tai Po and Ma On Shan, the hike takes you through a bat habitat. With luck, you can even see these masters of the night fly by as they hunt for insects!
GETTING THERE: AirAsia flies to Hong Kong from various destinations. Book your seats now at airasia.com