A cultural enthusiast’s guide to Sham Shui Po
Sham Shui Po has long been on the radar of residents and tourists, but perhaps for reasons with more negative connotations. Google search and scenes from Rush Hour 2 present you with imagery of unkempt streets, shabby buildings and an aging population that has become an afterthought in the rest of the city’s advancement. While the perpetual and systemic poverty that has plagued this working class district for so long still remains (a story for another time), Sham Shui Po’s industrious spirit and rawness have become a real draw for creatives. New ventures have respectfully integrated alongside the old market streets and traditional shops, preserving what’s left of Hong Kong’s trades and history. These modern newcomers are a refreshing breath of air for this once disenchanted area. If you’re looking for a weekend detour from the norm, specialty items, a dose of history, or even a little perspective, chances are you’ll find it in Sham Shui Po. RECOMMENDED: Check out things to do near Sham Shui Po's MTR and the best places to eat and drink in the hood.
Cathay Pacific’s International Chinese New Year Carnival cancelled
Chinese New Year is approaching, but the Wuhan coronavirus doesn’t care about traditions. As panic grows internationally for the unfortunate outbreak, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has announced the cancellation of Cathay Pacific’s International Chinese New Year Carnival. The decision comes after “careful consideration of the need to protect the health and safety” of local Hongkongers, visitors, as well as the performing groups, exhibitors, and staff members. Fair enough. Don’t forget to wear a mask and make sure to clean your hands often during your CNY festivities, everyone! 2020 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Carnival (Cancelled) Location: West Kowloon Cultural District, Art ParkPlanned date: January 25-28, 2020Hong Kong Tourism Board visitor hotline: 2508 1234 (extended service hours: 9am-9pm)
Hong Kong’s best Chinese New Year displays
There’s a whole host of great things to do this January, but there’s no bigger occasion than Chinese New Year. As Spring Festival approaches, incredible CNY-themed decorations and displays have started popping up all around Hong Kong, especially in shopping malls. Whether you’re into Micky Mouse or Lego, or maybe just over-the-top flower displays, here are the top places to get the best selfies this Chinese New Year. RECOMMENDED: If all the over-the-top displays and decorations bug you, you might enjoy reading about certain things we hate about Chinese New Year.
Best Hong Kong events to look forward to in 2020
The most part of 2019 has been a rough year for all, and while there are more important things than stuffing your faces at some of the best restaurants in town or drowning your sorrows at popular bars in the city, sometimes, all you need is just a night or two of grand old fun to forget your woes – and we're here to help you with exactly that. From cultural outings by the waterfront to head-banging music festivals, here are some of the biggest events taking place in 2020. RECOMMENDED: If you're more of a nemophilist, there are some great hikes to tackle and heritage trails to explore. Or, if you're not one to plan ahead, we've got some great ideas on things you can do in Hong Kong.
Best things to do in Hong Kong in January
We're officially in 2020, and a new year means new events across town – hopefully bigger and better than ever before! If you’re not too busy working on your new year's resolutions or hitting the gym, we have the lowdown on all the best things to do in Hong Kong throughout January. So whip out your calendars and mark down those dates, we guarantee you'll recover from the holiday blues in no time.
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Quirky and unusual things to do in Hong Kong
Find yourself returning to the same places and the same attractions week after week? Sick of all the usual suspects and tried out all the best things to do in Hong Kong? Fear not, there’s still plenty of surprises to be found in our SAR. From rooms that allow to you smash shit up and vent your rage to the latest weird sporting craze to discovering abandoned ghost towns, we’ve got it all. Follow our guide to all the most quirky and unusual things to do in Hong Kong.And if there’s an Amber rainstorm or a T3 on, don’t let that stop you from having any fun. There’s still loads of things to do on a rainy day.
Secret islands in Hong Kong
Lukewarm towards Lamma? Cheesed off with Cheung Chau? Hong Kong is blessed with hundreds of islands, so it’s time to stop going back to the same old tourist traps. Looking to combine gorgeous sandy beaches, picturesque hikes and free things to do? These islands have got it all. Follow our guide and find out all the hidden gems and activities to do on our territory's outlying islands.
The best Hong Kong attractions
Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the many attractions to see in Hong Kong? Follow our ultimate guide to the top attractions to visit and tick them off one by one. From the city’s best museums and historical landmarks to some of the best free things to do, this is a one-stop guide for any travelling tourist or longstanding local looking to fall in love with Hong Kong all over again. And if all this isn’t enough, have a look at our list of the best things to do in Hong Kong and discover even more that our great city has to offer.
Cheap things to do in Hong Kong
We all know Hong Kong isn’t the cheapest city to live in. Whether you were born here or moved to the city as an expat, true Hongkongers are always on the lookout for fun things to do without spending a fortune. To help you achieve that aim, we’ve gone around town and uncovered the best wallet-friendly activities in the city. From the best cheap eats and free shows to the best spots for water sports, you don’t have to drop more than $100 to enjoy these awesome affairs.And if you’re literally down to your last few dollars, check out all the free things to do in Hong Kong that exist for further inspiration.
Hong Kong neighbourhood guides
With an effortless and laid-back charm that encourages tourists to visit and locals to stay, Lamma Island is well-known as a place for the free-spirited. The two main hubs of the island are Sok Kwu Wan and Yung Shue Wan, and the former boasts a waterfront with numerous outdoor seafood restaurants while the latter features indie boutiques, specialty stores and casual eateries. Neither over-commercialized nor pretentious, Lamma Island combines both rustic charisma and multicultural influence to deliver a captivating but humble spirit. If you're planning to hop on a ferry to pay this unique island a visit, here are our recommendations for the best things to do, eat and see while you’re there. RECOMMENDED: While you're in the mood to explore, follow our list of all the best Instagram photo spots in Hong Kong, our guide to the famous fishing village Tai O, as well as Hong Kong's best hikes. By Mabel Lui
Shek Kip Mei
Often dismissed as a mere stop along the way to foodie haven Sham Shui Po or shopping destination Kowloon Tong, rarely does anyone think of hopping off the train at the Shek Kip Mei MTR station to explore what the area has to offer. Yet, over the years, this once-forgotten corner of Hong Kong has been transformed into a hip and lively neighbourhood – not dissimilar to Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan and Kennedy Town – with cool, artsy concepts by passionate people constantly popping up. From traditional wet markets to Instagram-worthy housing estates, follow our guide for all the best gems in Shek Kip Mei that you shouldn’t miss. By Anna Kam
San Po Kong
In the past eighty-some years, the kidney-shaped parcel of land that is San Po Kong has developed a rich history, and boasts a plethora of old-timey sights and vintage delights. Though San Po Kong was originally a barren plot that was later adapted as one of the runways for the former Kai Tak Airport. After two short decades, it was transformed into an industrial sector when the ‘50s and ‘60s saw Hong Kong’s shift from a mere entrepôt to a rapidly-growing industrial city with a booming, manufacturing-based economy. Nestled comfortably between Wong Tai Sin and Diamond Hill and situated right above the now-residential acreage that used to be the Kai Tak Airport, this compact grid of industrial and residential buildings has become a goldmine for great eateries and many more hidden gems. If you’re looking for new, recherché spots to hit in one of the most overlooked parts of Hong Kong, look no further and take a look at our ultimate neighbourhood guide for the best places to visit in San Po Kong. By Angel Hong, translated by Andrea Hui
Lantau, the largest of Hong Kong’s many islands, is no longer a remote district frequented only by travellers with suitcases and trail runners with neon gear. The island – which encompasses villages such as Mui Wo and Tai O, as well as the new town of Tung Chung – is dynamic and diverse, offering something for everyone. Find your ultimate outdoor adventure, explore Hong Kong’s lesser-known history, plan a serene staycation or finally check out those tourist hotspots you’ve always been meaning to see. If you’re planning to visit this outlying district, here are our recommendations for the best things to do, eat and see while you’re there. By Yvonne Lau RECOMMENDED: After exploring this massive island, check out some of the other incredible things to do in Hong Kong.
Sai Kung may not be the most convenient neighbourhood to get to – there’s no MTR and bus routes there are often slow and winding – but its gorgeous beaches and picturesque hikes make it well worth the effort. Don’t bother planning a trip to Thailand, Sai Kung offers some of the excellent outdoor water sports of its own including see-through kayaking and snorkeling. And that’s not all. The peninsula is home to amazing al fresco seafood restaurants and authentic local desserts too. Don’t know where to start? Read on to learn all the best things to do and eat in Sai Kung.
Half-an-hour away from Central lies Peng Chau, one of Hong Kong’s most adorable outer islands and somewhere well off the beaten tourist track. With scenic treks, ancient relics, traditional temples, strong community vibes and no cars in sight, stepping ashore on this tranquil island feels like travelling back in time to old Hong Kong. From the moment you arrive, you’ll feel as if you can breathe easier. There’s an undeniable energy to this island that exudes serenity and forces you to slow down. Follow our guide for all the best things to do and eat on Peng Chau! By Sarah Moran