Hong Kong is a city in constant transition. A financial juggernaut and one of the most densely packed cities on earth, it’s a future-metropolis with a desperate desire to move forward. This is great news for travellers, of course, since constantly sprouting up between the stark metal and glass buildings and furious traffic jams are fresh things to see, do and experience. Whether it’s new shopping spots, art galleries, attractions or trendy places to eat and drink, we’ve selected some of the best of what’s hot right now in HK.
Hong Kong’s hotel scene is booming. At latest count, the city has more than 72,000 hotel rooms to cater for the ever-increasing number of visitors lured by the city’s non-stop dining, shopping and cultural events.
The Ozo Wesley, just a few minutes’ walk from happening Star Street, focuses on getting guests a good night’s sleep in a city that’s always on the move. There are snug pillow-top mattresses in the 251 cleverly designed rooms, specially crafted relaxation teas in the lobby, and a sleep kit on offer with an eye mask, sleep balm and some sleep-inducing tea bags.
Five minutes’ drive away is Mira Moon, the sister property to Kowloon’s The Mira. Open for just over a year, the 91-room hotel’s interiors are inspired by the fairy tale of the Chinese Moon Goddess and her Jade Rabbit, which translates to whimsical, eye-popping interiors (think red winged rabbit lamps over the check-in desk and graphic floral motifs on walls and carpets). The in-house restaurant, Super Giant, also serves up delicious Cantonese-Spanish tapas.
Ten minutes down the road is Michelin-star British chef Jason Atherton’s Aberdeen Street Social. The upstairs dining space, above the new PMQ shopping precinct, is filled with indoor plants and floor-to-ceiling windows that make it feel as though you’re dining in a conservatory, making it an ideal lunch spot. Expect modern British share plates, desserts so pretty you won’t want to eat them and an inventive cocktail list (their version of a Bloody Mary comes with an egg on toast).
Some quirky new additions have been made to one of the city’s old favourites, Lantau Island. Visitors can now take a glass-bottomed Crystal Cabin cable car over to Lantau, getting a bird’s eye view of the hikers taking the hard road up the grasslands below. Up top, there’s the new Motion 360 film that attacks all five senses (be prepared to have your legs whipped by foliage and your face sprayed with water) as it takes a virtual spaceship ride over the island for 10 minutes.
Also at Lantau is the new Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas, completed in October 2014 at the Po Lin Monastery, which was founded in 1906 and is home to about 100 monks and nuns. The new hall, as the name suggests, is filled with ten thousand gold Buddha statues and an elaborately decorated ceiling, as well as a scripture library and exhibition hall for Chinese and Buddhist artifacts.
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