An Around the World Trip — Oktoberfest and Asia
- United Global First Class Chicago to Munich
- Oktoberfest… and Six Other Highlights of Munich
- Le Meridien Munich
- THAI Royal First Class Munich to Bangkok
- THAI Royal First Lounge and Royal Orchid Spa
- A Layover in Bangkok
- THAI Royal Silk Business Class Bangkok to Shanghai
- Two Days in Shanghai
- Park Hyatt Shanghai
- China Eastern Economy Class Shanghai to Hong Kong (to Shanghai)
- A Weekend in Hong Kong – Ten Highlights
- Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui
- Grand Hyatt Shanghai
- Air China First Class Lounge – Shanghai-Pudong
- Air China Forbidden Pavilion First Class Shanghai to Tokyo-Narita
- A Twenty-Two Hour Layover in Tokyo and the Hyatt Regency Tokyo
- ANA Suite Lounge – Tokyo-Narita
- ANA First Class Square Tokyo-Narita to Washington-Dulles
1. Victoria’s Peak
This is the mountain that towers over the central district of Hong Kong. The views from here are unreal. If you plan on taking the tram up ($6 US), make sure you get there before 10:30am — otherwise the crowds really line up and it’s frankly not worth the wait for the tram. If you encounter a long line for the tram, just take a cab up to the peak. While on the peak, take your obligatory pictures, and grab a meal and/or drinks at Cafe Deco. We had dinner here this trip and were treated so some awesome Himalayan Tandoori dishes. This is also an ideal place to take in the nightly light show — the city lights up in an orchestrated light show every night at 8pm. There are a number of other restaurants and bars up on the peak — most of which have some high prices, but the view is worth it.
2. Star Ferry from Central to Kowloon (or vice versa)
It’s a scenic way to see the beautiful harbor, and a VERY cheap form of transportation ($.30 US!).
3. Ozone at the Ritz Carlton
Situated atop the Ritz-Carlton in Kowloon, Ozone is the tallest bar on earth — 118 stories up there. Make sure it’s a clear day before you go there. The bar opens at 4pm, so I’d suggest getting there around then to ensure a good seat to take in the view. Drinks are expensive, but it’s worth it for the experience. The three of us spent a few hours on Saturday afternoon up at Ozone on a perfectly clear day! We really enjoyed it.
4. Walk the Avenue of the Stars in Kowloon
Stretching from the Star Ferry Terminal to Tsim Sha Tsui (TST), the Avenue of the Stars is a great place to take in the nightly light show. One of my fondest memories of this place was in 2009 during my MBA trip, we found a place there to grab some beers and chill on the porch while we watched the Queen Mary 2 sail out of Hong Kong. The place is called Deck n Beer and offers a nice view of Central. Because of these memories, I always make it a point to come here for a beer or two.
5. Lan Kwai Fong
In one of Hong Kong’s main bar districts, Lan Kwai Fong, one can expect hundreds of Hong Kongers and expats drinking on the streets (on the weekend) into the early hours of the morning. Venture up the stairs to Wyndham street to some more bars and restaurants up the hill. Tell any cab driver Lan Kwai Fong, and they will get you there. Drinks are reasonable most places, though some are fancier than others. We particularly enjoyed Azure at Hotel LKF. We also enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the new Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, by Gordon Ramsay.
6. Mid-Level Escalators and Soho
7. Markets Around Hong Kong
8. Dim Sum
9. Stanley Market
Take a cab out to Stanley Market (~$80-100HKG). This will be a cool cab ride because you get away from the densely populated Central district and go to the other side of Victoria’s Peak. There are really nice beaches over by Repulse Bay. Stanley Market is an open air market where you can find all sorts of junk / souvenirs. Make sure you haggle with them on prices. The area surrounding Stanley has grown up since the last time I was there, and there are now a variety of bars and restaurants lining the bay. This area has more of an islands feel than a major city!
10. The Beaches
Hong Kong is home to a number of pretty reputable beaches. The island is lined with a number of fantastic beaches that feature some pretty nice amenities along with crystal clear water. Combine this with the green hills that ascend from the water, and these beaches feel more like the Virgin Islands than Hong Kong. We stopped by Repulse Bay on the way back from Stanley to walk the beach and take in the views. The beaches of Hong Kong are a wonderful way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
The MTR (subway) is very clean, efficient, cheap, and easy to use. On this trip, we heavily utilized the MTR, as we were staying in Tsim Sha Tsui, right by the MTR station, and the little detail that traffic was somewhat snarled in Central due to the Hong Kong protests.