We know our neighbourhood. Venture beyond the tourist hotspots and uncover off-the-radar restaurants and little-known local gems waiting to be discovered.
Hong Kong Observation Wheel
Get stunning day and night time views of the spectacular Victoria Harbour on the 60-metre high Hong Kong Observation Wheel.
The wheel has 42 luxurious gondolas (including one VIP gondola) that comfortably seat eight passengers.
ifc mall is one of Hong Kong’s most visually appealing shopping destinations. It allows you to complement a relaxing afternoon of shopping with soothing water views, and conclude it with a gourmet meal enjoyed to the backdrop of the glamorous harbour. The large mall houses over 200 international brands, ranging from mid and upper-priced clothing to luxury fashion.
With the mall resting above a transport hub that includes the Airport Express Hong Kong Station, you could always break your journey to or from the airport with a stop here.
Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong is one of Hong Kong’s most popular nightlife hot spots and home to over 90 restaurants and bars. The atmosphere ranges from stylish wine pairings to raucous jelly shots and the food on offer is as diverse as the clientele. Thanks to Hong Kong’s dominance in Asian cinema, this centre of late-night revelry is so renowned that its official street sign is more photographed than many of the celebrities who haunt its clubs. Mostly, the area is crowded with people from the surrounding offices of Central, eager to shake off the working day or week. Get in the thick of it with a street side perch, or watch the antics on the road below from one of the upper floors. Lan Kwai Fong usually hosts carnivals and other celebrations during major festivals, such as Halloween, Christmas and New Year and has its own beer festival.
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
Located in The Peak Tower, guests can gape at some of the world’s most famous faces in 11 themed areas: Hong Kong Glamour, Royal Family, Historical and National Heroes, TV Studio, World Premiere, Kung Fu, K-wave, The Champions, Authentic History, Music Icons and Fantasy Kingdom. Re-enact classic TV drama scenes with Kim Soo-hyun and immerse in K-pop culture at the all-new K-wave Zone, practise kung fu with Jackie Chan at the all-new Kung Fu Zone, pose with US President Barack Obama at the White House, feel Andy Lau’s heartbeat, glam it up with Lady Gaga on stage, and step into Fantasy Kingdom – a world full of virtual characters and superheroes!
This vintage venue has been staging traditional Cantonese operas since 1972. After the show, browse the nearby North Point gold shops and be tempted by their glittering displays.
Duck Shing Ho
For decades, this shop’s celebrated egg rolls have provided Hong Kong locals with sweet sustenance and foreign visitors with a taste of traditional cuisine. Aside from the original flavour, butter and coconut versions are also available, each one making a unique souvenir.
Tin Hau Temple
Step back in time and experience local culture with this unique example of 18th century design. The temple is one of 70 in Hong Kong dedicated to Tin Hau, goddess of the sea and beloved benefactress.
Happy Valley Racecourse
On Wednesday evenings, all roads lead to Happy Valley where throngs of fortune seekers hope to strike the big time. Experience the energy and vibrancy of Hong Kong as crowds of locals and tourists cheer the thoroughbreds to the finish line.
This market in the quaint village of Stanley on Hong Kong Island’s south coast is a huge hit with locals, expats and tourists for good reason: its enormous selection of brand-name clothing items (large sizes are available) and accessories, jewellery, home furnishings, souvenirs, ornaments and Oriental knick-knacks are sold at reasonable prices in a picturesque warren of lanes.
And if that’s not enough to grab you, the nearby eateries along the breezy seaside strip surely will!