Everyone is gearing for one of the most celebrated festivals in Hong Kong. More than just mooncakes and traditional gifts, it is a great holiday to celebrate with the family. Mid-Autumn Festival takes place annually on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, and this year, we are celebrating it on October 1, 2020. Though celebrations will be a bit different this year – as some of the usual attractions like Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance and the public Lantern Festivals have been cancelled – that shouldn't stop us in bringing our loved ones together to celebrate the festivity in a safe and socially distanced way.
From gifts, traditions, events, staycations, and various activities happening in the city, we've rounded up everything you need to know, to help you plan how to celebrate a joyous Mid-Autumn Fest in Hong Kong this year.
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Best places to catch the sunrise in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is home to some of the most unbelievably stunning scenery and picturesque country parks, but there’s something extra beautiful about the sight of dawn-breaking sunlight that keeps every hiker and photographer excited, even if it means waking up during gruelling hours just to catch the sunrise. From beaches to hillsides, have yourself an outdoor adventure by visiting these amazing vantage points and expect to be treated to an unrivalled golden view. By Adrian Ho RECOMMENDED: Still chasing that unparalleled golden shine? We've also got a list of the best places to watch the sunset in Hong Kong!
Alternative waterfronts to view Hong Kong's skyline
Hong Kong is famous for many things – historical landmarks, unique food, traditional crafts and trade – the list goes on. But there's one thing that's more iconic than anything else, and that's our glistening skyline. People come far and wide from around the world just to catch a glimpse of our tightly-squeezed waterfront. Even for locals, five minutes spent by the waterfront can do wonders to our hectic, desk-bound lives. But let's face it, there are only so many times we can go to Avenue of Stars or the Hong Kong Observation Wheel and still be wowed by the view. So, scroll down and explore these under-the-radar locations that offer splendid views of our city's ever-changing skyline. RECOMMENDED: Find out how our skyline has changed over the years and take a look at these stunning photos of Hong Kong's gleaming skyscrapers.
9 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? 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 them all and more. RECOMMENDED: Head for the hills and surprise yourself with some unexpected things you can do outdoors in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong’s abandoned villages to explore
Have you explored Hong Kong’s secret islands and been to every hidden garden and green space in the city? If you think you’ve seen everything that the city has to offer, well, think again. As the rampant development of our city continues unabated, with skyscrapers continuing to fill up our skyline, dozens of villages on the periphery are fading out of existence, lost to all but the most intrepid of explorers. We trek to the four corners of the territory to explore those on the brink of complete desertion. By Janette Chen RECOMMENDED: Get to know Hong Kong even more and take a look at these unconventional places in town.
Best places to catch sunsets in Hong Kong
When you think of a bustling cosmopolitan city like Hong Kong, a picturesque sunset isn't usually the first thing that pops into your head. Thankfully, our city is blessed with a diverse landscape, be it historical buildings or mesmerising country parks, there are plenty of places where you can just switch off and get lost in the scenic solace of a beautiful sunset. From the vibrant, urban vistas of Kowloon to the tranquil west coast of the New Territories, we bring you our list of some of the best spots for catching an unobstructed view during this golden hour. RECOMMENDED: If you're more of a night owl, these beautiful night hikes will let you in on a whole different side of Hong Kong.
Best night hikes in Hong Kong
Hiking in Hong Kong is a very popular pastime, with trails like Dragon's Back and Sunset Peak occupied on many weekends with hobbyists who want to get out from the concrete jungle and breathe in some fresh air. It can't be denied that hiking in Hong Kong is a great way to spend your days. However, hiking after dark grants a different experience entirely. Not only is night hiking significantly less gruelling without the sun beating down overhead, but a nocturnal trek also provides the most captivating night views of Hong Kong as the city's skyscrapers all light up, magically illuminating our beloved metropolis. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll that comes with harbour views or a challenging cliff-side climb, these are the best night hikes to try for you an active night out. By Amanda Sheppard and Sam Evans. RECOMMENDED: Are you looking to spend your evening with a drink, rather than a hiking stick? Check out our list of the best happy hours in Hong Kong.
5 Accessible city hikes in Kowloon
Following up on our roundup of accessible city hikes on Hong Kong Island, we’re back with another master list of city hikes – this time in Kowloon! We’ve got a mix of everything. From short, leisurely strolls to different route variations that lie on Lion Rock Hill, grab a friend or two and start exploring these nooks in Kowloon. By Andrea Wong RECOMMENDED: Want to avoid the scorching daytime heat? Check out these amazing night hikes.
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.
Hong Kong’s best spots for stargazing
Stargazing can be tricky in Hong Kong. With all the light pollution and skyscrapers obstructing your view of the sky, it’s almost impossible for most of us who live in the city side to see the stars. But all is not lost, especially once you leave HK’s urban areas. As such, we’ve rounded up the best stargazing spots in Hong Kong so you can get the best views of the heavens. RECOMMENDED: If staying out late catching the stars has given you a taste for camping, try Hong Kong’s best camping spots or the best places to go glamping.
5 Accessible city hikes on Hong Kong Island
Hiking seems to be everyone’s go-to outdoor activity in Hong Kong. While our city offers many scenic trails (some even with waterfalls!), and places to just catch a breath of fresh air, the idea of commuting all the way to somewhere rural for a hike – not to mention the journey back home – can be offputting. If you’re anything like us and often find it hard to even crawl out of bed on the weekends, we’ve got just what you need. Here’s a list of accessible hikes scattered around the hilly side of Hong Kong Island. By Andrea Wong RECOMMENDED: If you don’t feel like going on a hike, check out these sunset spots in Hong Kong and have a chill evening soaking up great views.