In Hong Kong, Easter is a five-day public holiday starting on Good Friday, April 2, until April 6, the day following Easter Monday. Social distancing regulations in the city remain, but the government is finally allowing beaches and swimming pools to reopen so residents can now enjoy a day out to enjoy sun, sea and sand or dip into the pool while sipping on ice-cold cocktails. A lot of venues in the city are also organising egg hunts, Easter treats, and activities for families with kids, and hotels are offering amazing staycation deals, so you’ll never run out of fun things to do during the holiday. To help with all this, here's our guide to Easter so you make the most of your long weekend in Hong Kong.
RECOMMENDED: Make sure to check the current social distancing restrictions before you head out!
Drink and dine
The best Easter menus in Hong Kong
As Easter beckons us with the upcoming long weekend starting on Good Friday April 2, and running through until the day following Easter Monday on April 6, I’d say that’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself. Be it a beautiful breakfast or brunch, leisurely lunch, or an indulgent dinner, it’s Easter, and you deserve it. So, here goes, our pick of the best menus to try this Easter. RECOMMENDED: There are plenty of other ways to enjoy Easter, including our list of the best staycations to make the most of the long weekend.
Sweet treats to indulge in this Easter
Not that we need an excuse to treat ourselves these days, because let’s face it, if there was ever a time to deserve a little joy, it is definitely now. Plus, how can you resist a warm fluffy hot cross bun, or a sweet bunny, chocolate egg or chick? So, here it is, a list of the best treats in town for Easter and if you get through it all, I promise there will be no egg puns, even though I make cracking good ones. Ahem, starting now. RECOMMENDED: Those looking to make a meal out of it can also check out the best Easter menus in the city too.
Secluded dining spots in Hong Kong worth visiting this long weekend
When you find your favourite restaurant – the one that serves brilliant food, offers a great atmosphere, and friendly service time and time again – it’s hard not to keep going back. These are the restaurants that, not only you but seemingly everyone wants to go back to. It’s no wonder they’re fully booked until the end of summer. But there’s more to Hong Kong than the most popular or newest kid on the block. There are plenty of smaller, under-the-radar restaurants in locations that, although off the beaten track, are totally worth the journey. RECOMMENDED: For more lesser-known eats, check out our list of best local bakeries to try, head out for street food with our ultimate guide, or check out old school mom-and-pop shops that serve the best bowls of tofu fa.
Hong Kong's best beachside bars and restaurants
If you’re looking for places to explore this long weekend, you might want to consider heading out to restaurants and bars that offer the best seafront views in town. Instead of sitting in intimately-lit dining spaces, al fresco spaces give you a bit of a breather, and looking out and taking in the panoramic waterfront views provides a serene escape from the city. So, if you're planning that few minutes refuge away from the city, check out any of the venues from this list of the best beachside dining and drinking spots in Hong Kong. RECOMMENDED: Want to eat indoors instead and dine amidst stunning views? Check out our list of the best Hong Kong restaurants with the most breathtaking views of the city.
Best family-friendly restaurants in Hong Kong
From family-friendly hiking trails to countryside farms, Hong Kong has plenty of fun activities suitable for the whole family. This includes dining options too. We're talking ball pits, slides, jungle gyms, cartoon dishes, and pretty much everything that a kid (and their parents) could want. So, if you're planning to dine out with the little ones and want to avoid the embarrassment of your kid screaming in your face because they don't want to eat their broccoli, these options below might be just what you need. You're welcome mum and dad. RECOMMENDED: Looking for more than just a meal? Check out these Easter staycations that are perfect for the whole family! (Please note the maximum capacity and various children facilities may be limited due to current social distancing regulations)
Where to find the best tofu fa outside of Hong Kong Island
Certain sweet Hong Kong classics are always within reach, whether its pineapple buns, Hong Kong-style French toast, milk tea, or egg tarts. But others, such as tofu fa, have increasingly become harder to find. Tofu fa has been around for over 2,000 years and was the result of a search for an immortality elixir during the Han dynasty. While Hong Kong tofu fa is usually served with sweet syrup and brown sugar, you will find different variations around China that include tapioca, red bean and peanuts, as well as savoury ingredients such as chilli oil, garlic, and soy sauce. Southeast Asian countries have also put their own twist on it. Malaysia's version involves gula melaka (palm sugar cane syrup), or a sugar syrup infused with pandan, while the Philippines will serve its tofu pudding with tapioca and arnibal (brown sugar syrup) or strawberry syrup. Vietnam's adaptation will vary per region, with the tofu pudding being served with jasmine-infused sugar water in the North and with lychee and coconut water in the South. While you may still be able to find the sweet beancurd pudding at certain yum cha restaurants, nothing beats an old school mom-and-pop store that has been around for decades. Whether you're looking for a refreshing reward after a hike or just a simple taste of nostalgia, here are eight of the best places outside of Hong Kong Island that will give you that warm (or cold) treat you are craving for. By Natasha Tang RECOMMENDED: If you're looking for more sweet treats for the season, check out our roundup of the best Easter bakes and cakes.
Things to do
Best things to do in Hong Kong between now and Easter
Looking to fill up your schedule for the Easter long-weekend? You've come to the right place. Here, you'll find some of the coolest events happening around the city, whether you're looking for online or offline events. If you don't see anything you like, make use of our Things to do section and start making plans for your next big adventure once it is safe for us to explore the city again. RECOMMENDED: Looking for fun and relaxation? Treat yourself to an Easter staycation! Or if you just want to relax and stay away from the crowds, we've got some great ideas on what you can do at home too! Be sure to stay up to date with the city's latest social distancing regulations and check ahead if venues are still open before visiting.
13 beaches to visit in Hong Kong
Life’s a beach. At least in Hong Kong, it is. While beaches like Shek O, Repulse Bay, and Stanley get all the attention, amongst all the awesome hiking trails and cycling routes in the city are some seriously stunning beaches that promise clear, blue waters and (relatively) soft sand. Whether you're itching to get outside as soon as the sun shows its face, or planning ahead for the coming months when beach season gets in full swing, there’s plenty here for you to channel your inner beach bum. RECOMMENDED: Are more outdoorsy activities in your future plans? Check out these great places to jog in Hong Kong, or pay a visit to a few Hong Kong's most epic waterfalls.
The best Hong Kong hiking trails
Hong Kong is known for many things; its rich cultural heritage, dynamic culinary scene, architectural mix of old and new, and of course, that iconic skyline. But that’s not all, as our concrete jungle is also wrapped in lush verdant hills with magnificent islands and dramatic rock formations surrounding us, and the best way to take in the city in all its mountainous glory is, yes that’s right, a hike. So, whether you’re a hiking novice, leading the charge, or simply want to check off some of Hong Kong’s must-hikes, we've outlined 11 of our favourites with tips and directions to help you on your way. By Kenneth Choi RECOMMENDED: Prefer things at a different pace? Check out our favourite outdoor spots to run or jog or go for a leisurely stroll in one of Hong Kong’s best parks instead.
10 Secret islands to explore in Hong Kong
Have you done everything there is to do on Lamma Island? Is Cheung Chau getting a little too hipster for you? Thankfully, Hong Kong is home to more than 250 islands, so there’s no need for you to keep revisiting the same old spots. And if you’re looking for gorgeous sandy beaches and picturesque hikes, these islands have it all, and then some. RECOMMENDED: Head for the hills and surprise yourself with some unexpected things you can do outdoors in Hong Kong.
Epic waterfalls you have to see in Hong Kong
Waterfalls capture the imagination like nothing else, transforming the landscape from merely beautiful into something straight out of a fairytale. With the current situation, it's easy to feel a little cooped up, so below are six waterfalls in Hong Kong for some nature inspiration. Even if not wanting to take public transport and head out right now, merely looking into these falls and the hikes required to reach them will perk you up and give you something to look forward to! Read on and feel refreshed, inspired, and in awe of some natural beauty. RECOMMENDED: For those wanting to get away from people to HK's great outdoors, check out this list of Hong Kong hikes.
Outdoor adventure groups to join in Hong Kong
Joining a hiking group is an excellent way to learn more about Hong Kong trails and the essentials that you need to prepare. Expert outdoor explorers can tell you about their favourite hikes, waterfalls, and discoveries. They are also equipped to recognise imminent danger and guide you away from nasty slopes. Read below and discover hiking and outdoor adventure groups to help you get started in Hong Kong. RECOMMENDED: If you'd like to know which hike best suits you, here's 11 of Hong Kong's must-hikes with tips and directions to help you on your way. If you're looking for hikes that stop by picturesque waterfalls, visit this roundup of the must-see places in Hong Kong.
The best Easter staycations to book right now in Hong Kong
Easter is just around the corner. If you're looking for places to spend your holiday, a lot of Hong Kong hotels are offering attractive staycation packages that you can book starting today. From packages with exciting easter activities designed for families to indulgent dining staycation experiences, there's a hotel room waiting for you in the city. Read below for a roundup of the best staycations to book in 852 this season. RECOMMENDED: Keep updated with the latest things to do, dining promotions, and where to drink in Hong Kong this monthThis article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
10 Beachside hotels in Hong Kong for coastal escapes
Planning your long weekend break? Make the most of the Easter holidays on an epic coastal escape right here in Hong Kong. Here’s a roundup of hotels and lodges in the city where the main attraction is the beach and picturesque view rather than the five-star accommodation. RECOMMENDED: Want to get the best hotel deals for the long weekend? Check out the best Easter staycations available now in Hong Kong. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
The most beautiful hotel pools in Hong Kong
As of now, we can only dream of frolicking in the open waters with our friends. The idea of reading a book by the pool whilst sipping a smoothie or a cocktail seems like a distant memory. So, one thing we can do to better our spirits is to plan our next staycation – one that has an exquisite pool. A cool dip in a fancy swimming pool surrounded by luxurious lounges and views is a great way to cool down on a hot day in the city. But, finding the best one can be a handful, so to make things easier, we've compiled a list of some of the most beautiful hotel swimming pools in the city. By Shanti Parmanand RECOMMENDED: Looking for something a little extra? Have a look at some of the best hotel hot tubs in Hong Kong
The sexiest and most romantic hotels in Hong Kong
Hong Kong may not be known as the city of love in the same way as Paris, but we’ve still got plenty of things to help amorous couples set the mood – just look at the Hong Kong skyline, the countless romantic places you can bring a date to, or the many sexy movies you can watch. But if you're looking for a city escape to rekindle your love, especially if the current situation in the city has been dampening your spark, here's a roundup of the best hotels in the city to book your next romantic staycation. Whether you’re a new couple planning your first-weekend staycation or long-term partners celebrating Valentine's Day, there’s something for everyone. RECOMMENDED: Looking for more staycation ideas? Check out the best themed hotels or beachside hotels in Hong Kong. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
Best pet-friendly hotels in Hong Kong
Now that staycations seem to be everyone's new favourite thing to do, or at least think about doing, Airbnb and hotels around the city are all trying to outdo one another with the best deals and offers. But if you're a dog or cat parent, none of that matters if you can't bring your fur baby along. Worry not, as there are a handful of hotels in Hong Kong that caters well to our four-legged friends. Scroll down below and start planning for your next getaway with your paw pals! RECOMMENDED: Get some fresh air at the best dog-friendly parks in Hong Kong.
8 of the best themed hotels in Hong Kong
With the ongoing travel restriction around the globe, many of us have turned to hotels and resorts in our city for an equally fun staycation experience. Apart from beachside hotels and pet-friendly hotels, there is also a wide range of themed hotels that cater to any occasions from birthdays to anniversaries or simply just for a weekend retreat. Here's a list of top themed rooms and stylish hotels that will give you a memorable – and Instagrammable – weekend stay. By Elaine Soh RECOMMENDED: Want to stay at stylish properties for a weekend escape? Discover Instagrammable Aibnb rentals in Hong Kong
Binge-worthy shows to watch this long weekend
The five day weekend (oh yes!) is coming soon and many of us will be hitting the town thanks to the abundance of things to do in Hong Kong. However, not all of us will be keen to head out. Fret not friends, we’re here to help. From vintage shows to rewatch, recent releases to test out, and our absolute favourite series to binge on, keep scrolling for some must-watch shows to try and tackle this long weekend. RECOMMENDED: Prefer to check out the local talent? Then work your way through the top 100 Hong Kong movies or get comfy with the best Hong Kong TV dramas of all time.
Time In: The best things to do while social distancing
Staying in and working from home is becoming the world's new normal until the current outbreak is contained. If you're staying in or looking for things to do while social distancing, we've rounded up some recommendations for virtual workshops, home exercises, movies to watch, live streams, delivery options, and even what hand sanitizers and masks to buy to keep the virus at bay. RECOMMENDED: Stay up to date with the latest social distancing regulations in Hong Kong.
9 Nintendo Switch games that can replace your workout
Staying committed to an exercise routine isn’t always easy. While hiking and cycling are great workout alternatives, there’s also a handful of games on the market that perfectly melds fitness and fun, like Nintendo Switch. So, if you are hoping to keep yourself active at home but want something more entertaining than just doing yet another set of squats, here are some of the best Nintendo Switch games that will get those calories burning. By Natalie Lam and Erika Yip RECOMMENDED: Don’t have a game console? Don’t worry. These killer home workouts will be perfect for you.
Best foreign movies and shows to watch on Netflix
Ever felt like you’ve watched everything there is to watch on Netflix? If you just finished rewatching your favourite sitcom for the fifth time it's time to update your 'to-watch list'. Of course, Hong Kong's cinematic world has plenty to offer – be it a classic romcom, hilarious comedy, or an action-packed crime thriller – but if you want to keep things interesting, consider turning to a foreign movie or TV show. It's a great and easy way to pick up a new language, gain a whole new understanding of different cultures, and you'll get to fill up your watchlist. Check our recommendations below and may the best couch potato win! By Jessica Luisa Chan RECOMMENDED: If you’re looking for some laughs, check out our pick of the best Korean variety shows to watch, or turn up the intensity and watch some of Hong Kong's most controversial movies ever made.
The 100 best Hong Kong movies
Hong Kong was once the Hollywood of the East. At its peak, around the early 90s, the local movie industry was the first in the world – in terms of per capita production and the second-largest exporter of films – second only to the US.The influence of Hong Kong cinema can be seen far and wide. Bruce Lee remains a global icon and his martial arts movies are classics. The groundbreaking action of The Matrix would never have come about if not for John Woo films and the action choreography of Yuen Woo-ping. Quentin Tarantino ripped off Ringo Lam’s City on Fire for his debut, 1992’s Reservoir Dogs. Moonlight owes much to the style of Wong Kar-wai films and the auteur was an influence acknowledged by Soffia Coppola when she collected the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Lost in Translation.So with such a massive cultural legacy, what are the best Hong Kong movies of all time? We present to you this definitive ranking of the best films made until 2018.RECOMMENDED: More of a funny romance kind of person, then check out Hong Kong's best romcoms, or settle in for some laughs with the best of Stephen Chow's movies.
Hong Kong’s top 10 sexiest movies
While you might associate the best Hong Kong films with acclaimed directors such as Wong Kar-wai and John Woo, Hong Kong filmmakers have never shied away from producing raunchier flicks (though they have nothing on what really happens in Hong Kong’s BDSM scene).First appearing in the 1960s, Hong Kong’s X-rated films peaked in popularity during the 1990s (following the establishment of the notorious Category III rating). While the 2000s saw Hongkongers gain an unparalleled level of access to adult material online (see: How Hongkongers use Pornhub), notable erotic films have kept coming, including ‘the world’s first 3D erotic movie’, 3D Sex and Zen, and more. With so many to choose from, here’s our pick for Hong Kong’s top 10 sexiest movies. RECOMMENDED: Want more steamy flicks? Check out this list of Asian erotic films, or if it's romance you're after, check out Hong Kong's best romcoms or these romantic films on Netflix.