Few places have impressed me as much as Hong Kong. The tropical climate and storied Chinese traditions offer an exciting contrast to the modern Western influences to create the city’s unique character. Since the possibilities for activities and excursions are endless, here’s a small selection of the highlights of my last visit.
Hotel: The Peninsula
The Peninsula in Hong Kong, also affectionately dubbed “the Grand Old Lady”, opened its doors during the colonial era. Stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana were often spotted here and it still one of the most legendary hotels in the world. It’s certainly worth a visit whether you spend the night or enjoy a classic high tea.
Favorite Spot: Happy Valley
Every Wednesday evening from September to July there are horse races in Happy Valley. Against a stunning backdrop and surrounded by skyscrapers, jockeys and their racehorses dash toward the finish line. With a little luck, placing a few bets here offers an amusing way to replenish your vacation fund.
Dinner: Din Tai Fung
Inconspicuously located in a mall in Causeway Bay, Din Tai Fun is the best dumpling restaurant in the city. Even though the New York Times pronounced it one of the top ten restaurants worldwide and it holds a Michelin star, the atmosphere is relaxed and you really get your money’s worth.
Bar: Le Boudoir
When you descend the stairs and walk into the tucked-away Le Boudoir, it feels as though you had time-traveled to 18th century France. Opulently decorated with giant chandeliers and dark red silk wallpaper, it offers an appealing contrast to the modern bars in the area. Beyond the location, it’s the excellent cocktails that make this bar a true experience.
Day Trip: Macau
The former Portuguese colony Macau is an hour away by boat. Mainly known as the Las Vegas of the East, it has served as the setting for numerous film productions like Indiana Jones and James Bond. Next to modern casino complexes, the peninsula offers many attractions from the colonial era as well as a beautiful historic section of town, a world heritage site.
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Gloria Brachmann lives in Berlin and travels the world as a flight attendant. Before she turned her profession into her passion and started the blog "Come fly with me", she worked as a Contributor for L'Officiel Homme and as freelance Styling-Assistant.