Complete Guide to Hong Kong: Where to Eat, Shop, Stroll, Stay
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NEXT YEAR WILL MARK two decades since the British handed Hong Kong back to China. At the time, many predicted that the financial capital’s influence—and energy—would wane under its new masters. But the city’s “anything goes” business climate coupled with a Chinese economy that soared for many years have attracted a new generation of wealthy and creative types from the mainland and abroad—and new hotels, restaurants, shops and diversions have sprung up to spoil, feed and entertain them. Hong Kong now faces big challenges from China’s political and economic uncertainty but the city’s cultural scene continues to expand, with new galleries opening to exhibit the work of young artists.
Hong Kong never let its enviable setting, wedged between Victoria Harbour and the mountains, hem it in. It just built skyward. The International Commerce Centre and the International Finance Centre, for instance (the tallest and second-tallest buildings in the city), face each other directly across the harbor like glittering dragons, towering over what is arguably the best of China in one extremely compact place.
HIP ’HOOD // NoHo | Start exploring at this eclectic ‘hood at the steps of Shin Hing Street. You can look for artwork by Banksy, gallery hop and then browse home-décorshops along Gough Street (I especially like Homeless). 29 Gough St.; homeless.hk
FOREST RANGING // Hong Kong Global Geopark | Walk trails through a pristine forest, or take a boat tour to see volcanic formations sticking out of the water. The stalls around the pier serve wonderful seafood. Sai Kung Waterfront Park, Wai Man Rd.; geopark.gov.hk
ECLECTIC ELECTRIC // Apliu Street Electronics Flea Market | This is the best spot to find gadgets and sound systems both vintage and new. 146-152 Fuk Wa St.; goldenarcade.org
TIME TRAVEL // Hong Kong Museum of History | With its old bank and shopping street, this museum is like walking back in time. 100 Chatham Rd. South; hk.history.museum
Plus, Don’t Miss...
Liang Yi Museum This private museum displays treasures from the Ming and Qing dynasties as well as vintage goods from the likes of Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. 181-199 Hollywood Rd.; liangyimuseum.com
Aqua Spirit has a sexy bar scene on the 30th floor with killer views of the harbor. 1 Peking Rd.; aqua.com.hk
Nicholini’s Sunday brunches at the Conrad hotel draw the chic set with local delicacies and all-you-can-drink Champagne. Pacific Place, 88 Queensway; conraddining.com
Hullett House Hotel This renovated Victorian-era government building on the Kowloon Waterfront has just 10 rooms, all of them suites, each representing a different era in Chinese design. From about $550, 2A Canton Rd.; hulletthouse.com