Here are some interesting finds from a recent trip to Hong Kong – one of the two special administrative regions (SAR) of China. If you get the chance to go, grab the opportunity with both hands. Whether you’re there for work or play, here are our top places to visit:
Start your day at sunrise and head bleary-eyed to one of Hong Kong’s most popular parks to witness a hive of activity. Although slightly out of the way (located between Causeway Bay and Tin Hau MTR stations), the trip is definitely worth it to see how many share a relaxing start to the day. Or, if you’re feeling more energetic, get involved by using their jogging track or even join in a spot of Tai Chi (optional).
Edit Fashion Café
After all that exercise (or watching it), head down to Hollywood Road (Sheung Wan) for a refreshing frozen yoghurt. The upstairs in this shop hides a twist – a small edgy fashion boutique stocking women’s clothing, accessories and home ware. Dubbed HK’s secret ‘fashion-and-froyo café’ this place has been designed to escape the relentless sales pressure in other city stores. This is a perfect place to relax, eat delicious homemade food, and browse at your leisure.
Continuing the fashion / café theme, take the Star Ferry for a nostalgic trip across the harbor to Kwun Tong (167-169 Hoi Bun Road) to find this fashion and apparel store. Standing out from the endless sea of shops, this boutique store explores ‘cutting-edge designs to enrich the intellectual life’ of the customer. Check them out here.
Tian Tan Buddha & Po Lin Monastery
Back on Hong Kong Island and nestled in the hills of Lantau Island is this giant bronze Buddha and monastery. One of our more touristy sights, you’ll need a good head for heights as the only alternative to the three hour walk is a 25 minute cable car journey rising 460 metres. Once there head through the rejuvenated Ngong Ping village and walk up the 268 steps up to the foot of the Tian Tan Buddha. Our tip – don’t eat beforehand as your ticket to the Buddha includes a tasty 100% vegetarian meal in the nearby Po Lin Monastery.
GOD (Goods Of Desire)
Finally, after struggling to get outside of The Peak Galleria shopping centre for a sunset view of Victoria Harbour, we stumbled across this design institution featuring a giant wallpaper artwork of the city, this brand aims to ‘give [Hong Kong] some pride and respect’. This results in an array of elegant accessories, furniture and fashion that each celebrates the national identity. Click here to see more about them.
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