If it’s the one and only thing you do in Hong Kong, let it be this. For the proper experience ride the world’s steepest funicular railway the Peak Tram. The 7-minute nail-biting ride will take you straight up to the peak and you’ll be rewarded with an uninterrupted vista of the towering skyscrapers, sparkling harbour and if you’re blessed with a day without Hong Kong’s smog – beyond into the region’s lush landscape. Sunset viewing is the best time to arrive as the sky glows gorgeous shades of pastel and the twinkling city lights begin to sparkle.
A ‘Symphony of Lights’
You can score a dazzling view of the ‘world’s largest permanent sound and light show’ from the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. The multimedia, sound and light show starts daily at 8pm.
Local Art Scene
It’s almost impossible to list the plethora of art-related spaces as there is such a thriving creative hub. If you’re lucky you’ll be in town during Hong Kong’s hotly anticipated Art Basel – a preeminent modern and contemporary art show which is held annually. Swill champagne at New York’s Gagosia, admire international works at 10 Chancery Lane, explore White Cube in the neoclassical Pedder Building, discuss the thought-provoking works displayed in Empty Gallery or enjoy art on both your plate and decorating the walls at the eclectic Bibo. Catch a film at beloved art-house cinema Broadway Cinematheque. The cinema shares a plot with Kubrik, which is also a bookshop, café, record store and small gallery. More galleries, installations and artistic ventures pop up all the time so there’s always something fresh and exciting on the scene.
The former Police Married Quarters, a derelict post World War II building in Central, was reimagined into PMQ. The arts-and-heritage hub aims to encourage creative entrepreneurs and young talent. The collaborative space hosts pop-up design events, food culture concepts, as well as innovative retail and dining experiences. It’s home to plenty of interesting design studio shops and labels such as Blksheep Empire, Gods of Desire and The Refinery. Plus, hip food and drink options such as Gong Fu Teahouse, Levain Bakery, Aberdeen Street Social and Sohofama. Visit: http://www.pmq.org.hk/
The atmospheric Man Mo Temple covered in striking green tiles is must-see; visitors can wander in amongst the hanging coils of incense burning into plumes of thick perfumed smoke. The colourful Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon is another shrine that draws a large crowd. The oldest and largest is Tin Hau Temple, but if numbers impress you then cast your eyes upon the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas that’s home to over 12,000 Buddha statues. Then there’s the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, with the giant bronze statue Tian Tan Buddha that majestically sits atop the mountain. Monks still reside in the monastery, which serves simple vegetarian food that makes for a decent lunch stop. The peaceful Chi Lin Nunnery is a Buddhist monastery with tranquil bonsai gardens and lotus ponds.