6 Cosy Airbnb properties in Hong Kong for staycations
Some countries gradually ease its lockdown restrictions and started to open up their borders. But with the current outbreak still looming and social distancing regulations continue to be in force in most cities, it's unlikely that any of us will be going on vacation anytime soon. But that doesn't mean you can't make the most of your summer. There are a lot of hotels in the city currently offering great staycation package that will provide respite and relaxation. And if you're looking for a vacation that feels more like home, Airbnb offers some great rentals for a perfect weekend escape. From luxury apartments to houseboats, and beachside homes, here is our selection of the best Airbnbs to book in Hong Kong now. Tiffany Tsoi RECOMMENDED: Read about the hidden side of Hong Kong’s amazing island life for inspiration on your future city escapes
13 Stunning places you won't believe exist in Hong Kong
Our city is instantly recognisable by its claustrophobic high-rises, neon street signs, and the iconic Victoria Harbour, but there are also plenty of lesser-known scenes and streetscapes that might surprise you to discover. From Roman baths to country parks, stunning mountainscapes to a man-made lake that will make you forget about the city, these scenic spots all exist in Hong Kong, even if that doesn’t seem remotely possible. Stumbled upon a gorgeous hidden gem? Tag your photos on Instagram with #timeouthk to be featured. RECOMMENDED: Looking for more picturesque spots? Check out these beautiful drone photographs of Hong Kong or even the most beautiful staircases in town
The best Hong Kong staycations to book now
While various cities are slowly opening up, overseas travel might not be the first thing on everyone's mind, especially for those wanting to play it safe. But if you're getting bored from your daily work and home routine and are looking for a change of scenery, our local hotels are offering great staycation packages to welcome the summer months. Pack your bags and treat yourself to a vacation that's not too far away from home. Enjoy a good night's sleep, indulge in delicious dining options, and get to support these hospitality businesses during these trying times. RECOMMENDED: If you're looking for things to do in Hong Kong, check out our picks of the best events and happenings around town this month
Unconventional buildings and places to visit in Hong Kong
There are plenty of interesting buildings and places around the city. Some are beautiful and infinitely Instagrammable – no doubt they’ve made their way onto your Instagram feed at some point – while others are historical relics of a rapidly fading Hong Kong of yore. But it’s mostly the same usual suspects who repeatedly receive the most attention – the Monster Building, JC Innovation Tower, you know the lot. And don’t even get us started with Choi Hung estate! Bucking the trend, here are some rarely discussed buildings and spots that are aesthetically interesting, of historical note, or even just plain weird. By Ethan Lam RECOMMENDED: Looking for more quirky things about Hong Kong? Read more about these weirdly named places in Hong Kong, or head to these places to avoid crowds.
Cheung Chau: Ultimate Guide
There are more than 250 islands within Hong Kong’s territory. But thanks to its famous bun festival – where residents scramble up tall totems for lucky buns – Cheung Chau is one of the most well-known of our outlying islands. The isle offers scenic cycling routes, is a foodie paradise and is home to an increasing number of hipster cafés and hidden shops as well. So hop on a ferry armed with this guide and discover all the best things to do and eat in Cheung Chau. RECOMMENDED: Fancy exploring a lesser-known, yet still charming island? Check out our ultimate guide to Peng Chau.
Explore the great outdoors in Hong Kong
13 beaches to visit in Hong Kong this summer
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? Well, check out these great places to jog in Hong Kong, or pay a visit to a few Hong Kong's most epic waterfalls.
Hikes that take less than an hour in Hong Kong
While many of us enjoy a good strenuous hike, sometimes there's nothing better than enjoying a good trek in nature without the need to exert ourselves to the absolute fullest. Considering that the Hong Kong summer is well and truly upon us, short wanders out in nature – in which sweating is kept to reasonable rather than torrential levels – can prove especially prudent, especially for those who are tired of staying in all day watching Netflix with the AC on full blast. Here are some of the best hikes in Hong Kong that take less than one hour to complete once you've got yourself there by public transport or other means. By Hoi Man YauRECOMMENDED: What better way to avoid the heat than avoiding the sun? Check out the Best Night Hikes in Hong Kong.
5 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 five 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.
Things that you didn’t know you could do in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is world-famous as a food paradise and a concrete jungle with an iconic skyline made up of tall, twinkling skyscrapers. We are also blessed to have some of the coolest art galleries and best malls in the world. However, contrary to what some may think, there's also loads to do in this city for those looking to escape the norm for a few hours. Here's a roundup of some of the most unexpected things you can do right here in the city. By Hoi Man Yau RECOMMENDED: Tired of the summer heat already? Check out our list of the best night hikes in Hong Kong.
Secret islands in Hong Kong
Have you done everything there is to do on Lamma? 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, picturesque hikes and free things to do, these islands have them all and more.
Escape the city
Peng Chau: Ultimate Guide
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!
Mui Wo: The Ultimate Guide
There’s nothing better than a cheeky trip to South Lantau. The place fits nicely somewhere between unspoiled beauty and slight urbanisation – it has a McDonald’s, which is generally one signifer of a thriving civilisation. But we’re more interested in discussing the merits of Mui Wo than depressing fast-food. One of South Lantau’s busiest neighbourhoods, the town is a fascinating tapestry of the rural and the oppidan. If you’ve got a day to explore and an empty stomach, there’s a huge amount on offer.And if Lantau seems just too far to go – shame on you – check out our guides to the likes of Kwun Tong and North Point.
The best camping sites in Hong Kong
Despite Hong Kong’s urban focus, there are plenty of opportunities to be outdoorsy and atheltic in our great city. Whether it’s swimming, hiking or cycling you fancy, we’ve got you covered with lists of all the best spots. But in case you fancy more than just a day in the great outdoors, we’ve put together this compilation of the best locations for a rugged weekend getaway and where to get your camping from, too.
The most unique luxury camping and glamping sites in Hong Kong
We all deserve a little R&R every once in a while and that’s what staycations are for. And sometimes you just need to get out of the city and reconnect with nature by going hiking and pitching a tent at one of the many beautiful scenic camping sites in Hong Kong. But, if we’re being completely honest, camping can be a real hassle. If you’re looking to enjoy a countryside getaway without all the trouble of having to pitch your own tent, glamping is the answer to your prayers. From Native American tippee tents at Sai Yuen to Mingle Farm’s bubble tents to caravan camping in the meadows, follow our guide to enjoy the best glamping experiences in Hong Kong.RECOMMENDED: Tents and camping of any sort not your thing? How about staying overnight at one of Hong Kong’s best hotels instead?
The best diving spots in southeast Asia
Strap on your BCD, put on your flippers and dive into the deep blue waters at these beautiful stunning scuba diving destinations within southeast Asia. Be mesmerised by colourful reefs, thriving marine ecosystems or explore carefully preserved wrecks.RECOMMENDED: More of a landlubber? Try motorbiking through northern Vietnam or gorging yourself on the best Bangkok street food.
Paradise Found: A travel guide to Siargao, Philippines
Unlike much of the more travelled islands in the Philippines – looking at you, Boracay, Bohol and Palawan – Siargao has remained relatively off the beaten path. It is, however, steadily catching the eyes of mainstream media and wanderlusters alike, and deservedly so. While not exactly a food and drink destination, it offers unbelievable surf, white sand, turquoise water, a coconut for every occasion and, most importantly, the kind of island hospitality that makes you feel like you’ve known this place your whole life. This teardrop-shaped island has been hailed as 'the surfing paradise' of the Philippines. It has also been prematurely (and debatably) dubbed 'the up-and-coming Bali'. Whatever people want or continue to compare this unexplored paradise to, if it isn’t already on your travel bucket list, you should add it now. RECOMMENDED: After recharging on the beach, check one of South East Asia's most exciting city destinations, Phnom Penh.
The best things to do in Hakone
Mount Hakone lies about an hour and a half by train from Tokyo, which makes it a popular day-trip or weekend getaway for Tokyoites. It has a long and illustrious tradition as a hot spring town – its name even appears in Edo-era (1603-1868) rankings of Japan’s best onsen towns. But Hakone is about much more than just bathing. It’s got everything from superb art museums to an active volcano – as well as a jaw-dropping view of Mt Fuji on clear days. These are our top picks of things to do and see around the area, from central Hakone-Yumoto and beautiful Lake Ashi to posh but relaxed Gora, which is still one of the most in-demand neighbourhoods for moneyed Tokyo folks looking for a second home.
The best places in Japan for a winter getaway
Japan has become something of a tourist mecca in recent years, with visitors from around the world flocking here to take in all manner of cultural delights and nature spots. One of the best things about this breathtaking country is that it enjoys four clearly defined seasons, and as winter rolls in, many of its usually verdant landscapes are transformed into frosty winterscapes perfect for skiing, hosting unique festivals or just admiring while enjoying a soak in a hot spring. For those of you looking for a Japan getaway this winter, here’s a rundown of our favourite Japanese winter wonderlands. RECOMMENDED: Looking for a staycation? Check out these unique luxury camping and glamping sites, or romantic hotels in Hong Kong.