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Five things to do at this year’s AIA Carnival
Things to do Five things to do at this year’s AIA Carnival

Europe may have a monopoly on Christmas markets, but Hong Kong has its own answer to festive fun. Rolling into the Central Harbourfront Event Space from December 12 to February 16, the AIA Carnival promises all manner of merriment. Adrenaline junkies can opt for a ride on gravity-defying rides while young families put their skills to the test to win one of many prizes on offer. And back for the third year running, The Great Circus of Europe and its talented troupe will shock and surprise with their mesmerizing routines. We’ve put together five of the best things to do to help you navigate the 36,000-square metre space.  RECOMMENDED: Check out our ultimate guide to Christmas in Hong Kong.

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Dancing Butterflies and Dazzling Lanterns at Wynn Macau
Things to do Dancing Butterflies and Dazzling Lanterns at Wynn Macau

Macau’s one-hour ferry ride from Hong Kong makes it one of the most popular weekend getaways. Underneath Macau’s village charm and elegance is a lively soul, hosting a number of world-class events and exhibitions—the city is bustling year round. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Macau SAR, Wynn has partnered with Carlos Marreiros, a famed Macau architect and artist, as well as other local artists, to create the Wynn Butterfly Story, an extraordinary, illuminated installation to light up the night at the Lakeside Promenade by Wynn Macau.

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Upcoming concerts and gigs in Hong Kong and Macau
Music Upcoming concerts and gigs in Hong Kong and Macau

If you're a music fan who loves checking out concerts and live music, you're in luck here because Hong Kong and neighbouring Macau draw in some of the biggest names in the music business. From international pop and rock megastars playing at AsiaWorld-Expo to up-and-coming indie bands doing showcases at the city’s coolest underground venues, this regularly updated list covers all the best upcoming acts that you should book your tickets to. RECOMMENDED: While you’re here, check out the best live music venues in town. And if music isn’t enough for you, then check out the absolute best things to do in Hong Kong.

Eight mouth-watering Christmas buffets in Hong Kong
Restaurants Eight mouth-watering Christmas buffets in Hong Kong

If you're anything like us, after weeks spent whittling down your gift shopping list and wrapping up all the late-night holiday parties, you're more than ready to just kick back, let go and relax. So during the one season a year where you have every excuse to treat yourself, throw your diet out of the door and head to one of these festive buffets. Whether you're searching for a classic Christmas roast or craving Japanese food, there's something on this list for everyone. RECOMMENDED: Get naughty with these festive cocktails or get in the mood for Christmas with these Christmas songs we all love to hate.

The best New Year’s Eve menus for 2019
Things to do The best New Year’s Eve menus for 2019

NYE this year won’t only welcome in a new year, but a new decade! If by some miracle your pants still fit and you’re hungry for more following all the fun and food of Christmas, then enjoy, as we bring you our line-up of the top places to get your feast on this New Year’s Eve. RECOMMENDED: If you’re partial to drinks as well as food then check out these festive cocktails or the best places to grab a cup of hot chocolate this winter.

The best hot chocolate in Hong Kong
Restaurants The best hot chocolate in Hong Kong

Winter is here, so it’s time to push aside those frosty beers and grab something warm instead. And what better way to get cosy on a chilly day than with a cup of hot chocolate? When you’re not too busy having a twirl on Hong Kong ice-skating rinks or enjoying all the various winter festivities, pop into one of these cafés and grab a steaming scrumptious mug of hot cocoa. So ignore all the calories today and work it off at one of Hong Kong’s best gyms tomorrow. 

Best cha chaan teng in Hong Kong
Restaurants Best cha chaan teng in Hong Kong

Much like the city’s dai pai dong, cha chaan tengs are a cornerstone of Hong Kong culinary culture. Popular for their down-to-earth and affordable menus stuffed with local comfort food, not all CCTs are the same. Some might specialise in one particular dish, while others are good across the board. Read on to discover the best cha chaan tengs in Hong Kong that you absolutely have to try. By Sarah Moran and Josephine LauRECOMMENDED: If you’re after more local cuisine, sample our pick of the best dai pai dongs or the best dim sum in town.

Let the good times roll at Hong Kong's first ladies-only speakeasy
Bars and pubs Let the good times roll at Hong Kong's first ladies-only speakeasy

Head through the grand double doors, up the elevators and down a dim corridor somewhere within the walls of the newly-opened Rosewood hotel, and you will find an inconspicuous knob. Flip the panel up, enter the password, and with a resounding whoosh, the wall will open inwards, leading you into Hong Kong’s first ladies-only speakeasy – XX. Named after the chromosomal combination only females possess, the sultry cocktail bar is a haven for girls. Sorry, gents, it’s no man’s land from here! Much like the hotel, XX is furnished luxuriously without an ounce of pretentiousness or contrivance. With the birds-and-bees patterned wallpaper, plush, emerald green couches, and sensual lighting from ornate chandeliers, the hidden bar is an ethereal oasis specifically tailored to ladies’ likings. Among their signature cocktails, we were feeling Sexy. A champagne-based cocktail, the Sexy ($160) is an intoxicating concoction of jasmine, bergamot orange, fizz and London No. 3 Gin. Citrusy and sweet and velvety smooth when it hits the tongue, the fruity bergamot proves a perfect foil for the sharpness of the gin and the effervescence of the champagne. Topped off with a dainty jasmine flower in its tall, slender glass, Sexy is the quintessence of femininity. The BFF ($130), in contrast, is a refreshing, light, easy-on-the-throat highball that pairs Fair vodka with cucumber juice, pine needles, and yuzu vinegar. Combined with a decorative, rolled-up slice of cucumber containing pine needles an

Local footwear brand Lane Eight opens in Wan Chai
Shopping Local footwear brand Lane Eight opens in Wan Chai

Hong Kong-based footwear brand LANE EIGHT opens its first permanent retail space in the Star Street precinct. The new store allows for a seamless shopping experience and will also double as a space for community events and workouts. Inspired by the needs of the everyday athlete, LANE EIGHT was founded by brothers James and Josh Shorrock on the premise that fitness and movement should be approached from an inclusive and multi-faceted standpoint. Mastering both form and function, LANE EIGHT trainers are designed to carry you through strenuous workouts and fit seamlessly with your day-to-day apparel. Head to ​laneeight.com​ and sign up to learn more about product drops and the latest events. Alternatively, you can follow the brand's Instagram and Facebook too.  Time Out Hong Kong in partnership with LANE EIGHT

Best Hong Kong underground music you should be listening to
Music Best Hong Kong underground music you should be listening to

Music can serve as an escape from reality, but sometimes it may hard to find quality music to listen to, especially when you are trying to find something that is original and local. Hong Kong may have an image as a commercial hub that more stuff than bohemian, but with the sea of grey suits and concrete lies a hotbed of musicians/artists rocking their voices out loud and proudly representing Hong Kong. By CJ Villanueva RECOMMENDED: Explore music beyond the 852 and check out these awesome indie bands from around Asia.

Best new restaurants and bars to try in Hong Kong this month
Restaurants Best new restaurants and bars to try in Hong Kong this month

There's never a dull moment in Hong Kong's food and drinks scene, with new restaurants, cafes and bars opening seemingly all the time in one corener of our city or another. Whether a western venture with a heavy focus on meat, a refined Italian eatery of a cheerful waterfront seafood bar, Hong Kong has it all opening all the time. Here is our line-up of the recent foodie openings not to miss.   RECOMMENDED: Hankering for Italian? The look no further than our list of the best Italian restaurants in Hong Kong? Want something a little more spicy? Then maybe try our list of the best Southeast Asian joints in the city.

Christmas songs we all love to hate
Music Christmas songs we all love to hate

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Let's admit it, we’ve all been through that phase where we’re singing our hearts out to Christmas songs until they are massively overplayed and just gosh darn annoying. Once another year passes however, we’re back to loving them and singing our hearts out...until we hate them again. To honour this vicious cycle, here are some of the most loved and hated songs you're going to be listening to this Christmas. By Cj Villaneuva RECOMMENDED: Festive tunes not your cup of tea? We've got a great list of indie bands from around Asia you should check out.    

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Hong Kong's first human digestive system pop-up playground
News Hong Kong's first human digestive system pop-up playground

Yup, you've read that right. Introducing the "Amazing Digestive Adventure", this brand new attraction in Kowloon Bay is really quite something. Designed to...

Macao Light Rail Transit opens today!
News Macao Light Rail Transit opens today!

It's been 10 years in the making, but Macao Light Rapid Transit (MLRT) finally opens today! An opening ceremony was held this morning, ahead of the very...

Our latest issue is out now!
Our latest issue is out now!

Our brand-new Winter 2019 magazine is finally here! As we get ready to turn the page on 2019, we put on our 2020 vision specs to predict what trends will be...

Punk rock princess Avril Lavigne is coming to Hong Kong!
News Punk rock princess Avril Lavigne is coming to Hong Kong!

We weren’t wrong when we said 2020 is shaping up to be a good year for rock music fans. Taking us back to the good old days of heavy eyeliner, Dr Martens and...

Cirque du Soleil returns to Hong Kong in 2020
News Cirque du Soleil returns to Hong Kong in 2020

If you missed out on catching Cirque de Soleil's Kooza action last year, then get ready for more thrills and spills as the mega-famous Canadian circus...

The different types of office parties we have to suffer through during Christmas
News The different types of office parties we have to suffer through during Christmas

December is here and that means we have an onslaught of festive gatherings and holiday parties with friends and families to look forward to. Then there are...

British grime star Stormzy is headlining Sónar Hong Kong 2020
News British grime star Stormzy is headlining Sónar Hong Kong 2020

Stormzy – the undisputed king of grime, Time magazine cover star, book publisher and educational philanthropist – will be playing at the Hong Kong edition of...

Marilyn Manson is coming to Hong Kong for the first time
News Marilyn Manson is coming to Hong Kong for the first time

2020 is shaping up to be a good year for Hong Kong rockers! First up, we have Green Day coming in March, but if that's a little bit too PG for you, we just...

Hong Kong Museum of Art reopens bigger and better than ever
News Hong Kong Museum of Art reopens bigger and better than ever

Good news, folks! After a four-year, million-dollar revamp, the Hong Kong Museum of Art is finally reopening its doors to the public this Saturday, November...

Free tram and Star Ferry rides tomorrow!
News Free tram and Star Ferry rides tomorrow!

November 29, that one day of the year we give thanks to the well-known and popular institution that is the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce for existing...

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Best Instagram spots in Hong Kong
Things to do Best Instagram spots in Hong Kong

Picking the best photo spots in Hong Kong is tough. After all, our city was practically built for Instagram. There are amazing skyscrapers, beautiful beaches, vibrant neon signs, plenty of fancy looking food and even incredible rocks! What more do you need? Well, how about a guide that makes sure you can hit all the Instagram famous photo spots in Hong Kong so you can make all your followers jealous? That’s what we’re here for. Alternatively, just use this guide to have fun with your friends and to capture some memories. After all, it’s only Instagram, right? By Jianne Soriano, Douglas Parkes and Angel Hong.

The 52 best restaurants in Hong Kong you have to try
Restaurants The 52 best restaurants in Hong Kong you have to try

OCTOBER 2019: As our city’s vibrant restaurant scene continues to evolve at a rapid pace, we’ve made more than a few additions to our list this time around. Most notably, the new-in-town French cuisine maestros at Louise have stormed in to take the coveted top spot, and we’ve also welcomed to the pack visionary French-Japanese fusion eatery à nu retrouvez-vous, laidback Vietnamese spot Chôm Chôm, and down-to-earth noodle paradise, Mak Man Kee, among others. Welcome to the Time Out EAT List, for which we’ve been busy scouring the streets and alleys to bring you the very best restaurants in Hong Kong. As usual, this line-up has been compiled by our ravenous food and drinks editors who aren’t just on the hunt for a delectable bite – although taste certainly doesn’t count for nothing – but also consider the buzziness of the atmosphere, the price (for those on a tight budget, check out our dedicated cheap eats list), and the relevance of the concept in our ever-changing metropolis.  From long-time favourites to newbies, we've sorted everything, from restaurants in some of Hong Kong’s best hotels to the city's most delectable street eats. In short, this is whatever serves the best food in Hong Kong right now. Let’s dig in! Eaten somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutEatList Looking for more recent openings? Check out our pick of Hong Kong's best new restaurants.

Hong Kong’s best independent shops
Shopping Hong Kong’s best independent shops

With no sales tax, no VAT and malls attached to other malls, Hong Kong is rightly famous as one of the world’s great shopping destinations. Although we appreciate the air conditioned bliss of a well-ventilated shopping centre during the summer, it can be boring to see the same parade of brands in one mall after another. If you’re feeling the need for something different, Time Out presents your ultimate guide to the good, the quirky and the downright best independent shops in Hong Kong.

51 incredible things to do in Hong Kong
Things to do 51 incredible things to do in Hong Kong

Home to towering skyscrapers and picturesque hiking trails, hong kong is a truly vibrant and beautiful city. Whether you're looking to up your Instagram game at some instagrammable spots in town, in need of some retail therapy at Hong Kong's best independent shops or simply looking to devour all the tastiest cheap eats you can find, there's plenty to keep you happily entertained. Follow our comprehensive guide below and discover all the best things to see, do and eat in Hong Kong! -- Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList. You can also find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world, or take a look at our list of the 50 best things to do in the world right now.

Secret islands in Hong Kong
Things to do Secret islands in Hong Kong

Lukewarm towards Lamma? Cheesed off with Cheung Chau? Discover the best things to do on Hong Kong’s outlying islands.

The 50 best Hong Kong bars
Bars and pubs The 50 best Hong Kong bars

There are so many outstanding Hong Kong bars that it’s hard to decide how and where to allocate your time, money and rapidly diminishing sobriety. Whether you want a fancy cocktail at a speakeasy, a bottle of biodynamic wine, a hazy IPA at a craft beer joint, or something else entirely, there’s something for you in our famously crowded and fast-paced city. We’ve put our livers on the line to deliver you a definitive list of the 51 best Hong Kong bars. Enjoy! Visited somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDrinkList. You can also find out more about how Time Out makes recommendations and reviews bars here.

The best Hong Kong hikes
Sport and fitness The best Hong Kong hikes

Bombarded with choices from all the things to do in Hong Kong this weekend and looking to step out of the concrete jungle? A calorie-burning hike with jaw-dropping views is just the cure. Hong Kong has no shortage of amazing scenic hiking trails a short distance from city centre, varying in difficulty and offering everything from amazing bird's eye views of our SAR to stunning sunsets. Head to one of our favourite outlying islands to make it a day trip where you can discover more gorgeous hikes and hidden cultural gems. And if hiking is not quite your thing, why not hop on a bike and cycle along one of the city’s best cycling routes? 

The best rooftop bars in Hong Kong
Bars and pubs The best rooftop bars in Hong Kong

Escape above the hustle and bustle of the city at these bars with fantastic views and fantastic drinks to match.

Hong Kong's best cheap eats
Restaurants Hong Kong's best cheap eats

As celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme once put it: you don’t need a silver fork to eat good food. In honour of that adage, the Time Out Hong Kong food team has trawled the islands to sniff out the 51 best bites under 50 bucks. This summer, celebrate the noodle vendors, skewer sellers and eggette experts that make Hong Kong such a wonderful place to eat.  RECOMMENDED: Sink your teeth into a spread at some of Hong Kong’s best restaurants.

The best art galleries in Hong Kong
Art The best art galleries in Hong Kong

If you believe Hong Kong is a cultural desert when it comes to visual arts, think again. From the heart of the city to the nooks and the crannies, there’s art everywhere in our metropolis as long as you know where to look for it. You can find works by established and up-and-coming local and international artists working in everything from photography to street art at fine-art gallery hubs like H Queen’s and Pedder Building, as well as at institutions like Tai Kwun.  For a taste of the avant-garde, there are many independent art spaces that have popped up all over the city in recent years and there are some fantastic museums, including M+ Pavilion, to satisfy your culture cravings too. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a handy guide to the most interesting art hubs and neighbourhoods to help kick-off your journey as a bona fide culture vulture. RECOMMENDED: Check out our pick of the best art exhibitions in Hong Kong this week and this month for inspiration and discover a plethora of incredible art.

Hong Kong’s best hidden bars
Bars and pubs Hong Kong’s best hidden bars

There are many hidden bars in Hong Kong, did you know? Or are they just so well hidden you had no clue? Well, that’s what Time Out is for. In fact, the whole ‘hidden bar’ thing can sometimes feel like a gimmick or a substitute for actually serving decent drinks. The few establishments like that have given the rest a bad name because some of Hong Kong’s very best bars are ones that are a little secretive and not so easy to find. Read on to discover the best.

The 100 best Hong Kong movies
Film The 100 best Hong Kong movies

Despite being such a small, cramped space, lil’ ol’ Hong Kong punches well above its weight. From the city’s top restaurants and their slew of Michelin stars to Hong Kong’s best bars, which are among the most creative in the region, our city proves that size isn’t everything. In fact, at the height of its influence, only the USA and India produced more films than Hong Kong. And our cinema is one of tremendous variety, too. From adaptations of popular Chinese opera, to Johnnie To’s gritty crime noirs, to the tales of repressed heartache that made Wong Kar-wai internationally famous, Hong Kong cinema can do it all. So what are the best Hong Kong movies of all time? Edmund Lee presents his definitive list chock full of some of the best films ever made anywhere on the planet.

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Best events in Hong Kong this week

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Operation Santa Paws
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Operation Santa Paws

It's almost Christmas and you know what that means, it's time for Operation Santa Paws! Raising awareness for homeless animals still looking for their...

Resident Evil 2: Infected Hong Kong
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Resident Evil 2: Infected Hong Kong

Be warned – this one is not for the faint-hearted.

AIA The Great European Carnival
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AIA The Great European Carnival

Fairground rides, games and circus acts make this huge harbourfront carnival one of the city's main attractions over the holidays.

Meet Yu Nagaba gallery – I'm yours venus by AllRightsReserved
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Meet Yu Nagaba gallery – I'm yours venus by AllRightsReserved

They've brought you the giant rubber duck and a floating KAWS, and now they're back again with acclaimed Japanese artist Yu Nagaba in...

Punk Drunkers: a 20-year retrospective
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Punk Drunkers: a 20-year retrospective

Calling all fashionistas, club kids and hipsters – world-renowned chic icon Punk Drunkers has arrived and he's ready to rock! Funky, whimsy,...

Across borders: Digital art and beyond
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Across borders: Digital art and beyond

Step into a world of new digital art as Opera Gallery Hong Kong presents a series of stunning works by the "Father of Video Art" Paik Nam-June and artist...

Conte d’hiver, conte d’été (Winter tale, summer tale)
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Conte d’hiver, conte d’été (Winter tale, summer tale)

Featuring a series of breathtaking photography works by French artist Catherine Henriette, the "Conte d’hiver, conte d’été”...

Mr Doodle Invades Sotheby’s
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Mr Doodle Invades Sotheby’s

You know him, you love him – it’s Mr Doodle!

Prestige Christmas and Lifestyle Gift Fairs
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Prestige Christmas and Lifestyle Gift Fairs

Browse and shop for high-end fashion brands at Conrad's annual ballroom shopping event.

Georges Mathieu solo exhibition
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Georges Mathieu solo exhibition

Head to Perrotin gallery this month and pay tribute to the late French artist Georges Mathieu at the first dedicated exhibition held in Hong Kong. Depicting...

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Hong Kong neighbourhood guides

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Lamma Island
Lamma Island

Shek Kip Mei
Shek Kip Mei

San Po Kong
San Po Kong

Sai Kung
Sai Kung

Tai O
Tai O

Tuen Mun
Tuen Mun

Tai Hang
Tai Hang

Lantau Island
Lantau Island

Peng Chau
Peng Chau

Yau Ma Tei
Yau Ma Tei

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