Captivating, chaotic & crowded – Hong Kong never sleeps! View the towering skylines from Kowloon, the nightly Symphony of Lights, or shop the mega malls. Hong Kong demands all your attention. Browse the Chinese “Lanes” of Li Yuen, bargain at the Bird, Ladies, Jade & Temple Markets (open until 1AM), ride a “junk”or see the worlds largest Buddha. Discover private nightclubs or marvel at tomorrow’s technology. Its easy to become addicted to Hong Kong!
Where2Stay – Kowloon or Hong Kong Island? Does it matter? The bargain rate of 32 cents (U.S.) makes taking the Star Ferry across the harbor (eight minutes) the best deal on the planet!
Hong Kong Island – The heartbeat & business center of Hong Kong with slick skyscrapers, sumptuous malls and party central!
Upper House – quiet, luxurious and intimate, voted one of the best hotels in Hong Kong. Located in Admiralty, attached to the Pacific Place Mall you might never see daylight! Imagine a zen inspired boutique hotel high atop a skyscraper! Floor to ceiling windows capture the dizzying view below. All rooms are suites, enormous bathrooms feature sunken tubs & huge walk in showers (easy to lose your roommate). Surprise snacks show up nightly. Top floor restaurant Cafe Grey is the perfect spot for cocktails, snacks & to show off that new sexy dress!
Kowloon – A dizzying array of electronics, jewelry shops & street markets mixes the old with new Hong Kong.
Intercontinental Hong Kong On the harbor, the Intercontinental Hotel shows off! Staggering views of Hong Kong Island, free smart phone devices, a rooftop infinity pool and their famous lobby bar (try their “Unbelievable Bubble Cocktails”) set the stage for the nightly light show across the harbor. Reserving a harbor view room is a must. Dine in Michelin star restaurants (Alain Ducasse Spoon & Yan Toh Heen) and the iconic Nobu. Stroll the Ave of the Stars outside the hotel’s front door.
Where2Dine – Over 11,000 restaurants from hole in the wall noodle shops to Michelin stared destinations, eating is a major attraction. Luckily taxis are inexpensive and the MTR is simple and fast (directions are in English)!
Twenty-Six by Liberty – Pay in advance, 26-seat counter where the kitchen comes to you. Michelin star chef, 10 courses, blowtorches & stylized modern cooking
Aqua Roma & Bar – 30 stories up, get front row seating for the nightly laser light show. Try their anxiety cocktail. Or two!
Mott 32 – Hidden is an understatement! Through one office building into another, down an escalator, descend a circular staircase w/iron chains into a dark sexy room. Modern Chinese – pre-order the roast goose, a must! Won best restaurant in Hong Kong!
The Chairman – small & elegant serving exquisite Cantonese. One of Asia’s 50 best restaurants. Do not miss the crab.
Mr. & Mrs. Fox – newly opened, hot, chic & lively on three levels (bar, restaurant & private den) Book early, stay late, order the scallops w/oyster ceviche.
Ho Lee Fook – Not a misprint, it means “good fortune for your mouth.” Funky, crowded & hip serving Asian fusion cuisine. Descend past the peacock feathers & waving Chinese gold statues. After a couple of drinks you’ll be waving back! Reserve early!
Dining Tip – Want the best dim sum? Take the MRT train to Central Station (don’t leave the station), get in line for Tim Ho Wan. Take a ticket, fill out the paper form and wait. It’s fun to make new friends!
What2Do – Day
Victoria Peak –Taking the tram is part of the experience. Views are breathtaking! Hope for a clear day!
Lantau Island – Climb the 268 steps to gaze at the Tian Tan Buddha, then visit the PoLin monastery for their vegetarian lunch!
Tai O – Quaint, picturesque fishing village w/houses on stilts & an old fashioned seafood market is a step back in time!
Stanley Market – along the coast, this picturesque market is a must for souvenirs, jewelry & tiny lanes!
Avenue of the Stars Stroll day or night for views of this amazing skyline, laser light show every night at 8 PM
Junk – Sail Victoria Harbor in this restored Duk Ling “the HK Junk” boat. Do not miss this!
The Markets – Ladies, Temple, Jade & Bird markets. Fun, addicting and crowded! Shop until you drop! Remember to bargain!
Where2Play – Night
Ozone – In the Ritz Carlton on the 118th floor – the highest bar in the world. Dramatic, glamorous & dazzling w/outside terrace. Dress to impress, don’t look down.
Dragon I – Jet setters, models and hip society crowd all gather in their Red Room. Open until 4 AM! Flirt to get in.
M Bar Mandarin Oriental – Elegant, seductive, great date spot. Bored with your date? View will keep you occupied!
Sugar – On the top of the EAST Hong Kong Hotel – don’t miss the outdoor wraparound terraces, music and killer views bathed in fuchsia lighting.