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5 Hidden Cafes in Hong Kong with Great Coffee!

Common Ground

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common grounds coffee

Tucked away amidst the busy roads of Shing Wong Street, this rustic cafe is a quiet spot to chill out while escaping the hustle and bustle outside. Once you’re at Shing Wong Street, find the stairway that runs from Caine Road to Hollywood Road and you’ll be able to spot this hidden gem.

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Mansons Lot

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mansons lot coffee

Named after Sir Mansons, the first to import cattle to Hong Kong to provide fresh milk whom he felt was key to a good cup of coffee, you can expect fresh and delicious coffee concoctions at Mansons Lot. If you’re in Wan Chai, keep an eye out for this unassuming coffee shop along Swatow Street and hop in for a drink.

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Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard

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opendoor coffee

Next to a high-capacity traffic route opposite Sun Yet Sen Memorial Park, you’ll discover this peaceful haven of a cafe where you can escape the busy roads. Plus, they have a book sharing concept where you can donate or borrow books while you’re there. What better way to spend a lazy afternoon than with a book and a cup of coffee, right?

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The Cupping Room

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cupping room coffee

When there’s a two-time Hong Kong Barista Championship winner at the helm, you can be sure the coffee at this cafe will be exceptional, from their house blends to single origin espressos. The cosy wooden setting makes this a great spot to relax and hang out with friends as well.

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Amical

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amical coffee

This is perhaps the most ‘hidden’ of all these coffee spots. Located above street level along the trendy Star Street Precinct, the only thing you can spot this cafe by is a small overhanging street sign. Other than great coffee, they also boast a variety of latte art (think cute animals and mustache faces) and a beautiful al-fresco balcony to chill out at.

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Top Places to Party During The Hong Kong Sevens

This year, The Hong Kong Sevens are held on the last weekend of March, 27 – 29 March, at the Hong Kong Stadium. Once again, the city is bracing itself for an influx of tourists from all over the world. 28 teams will be participating in the 2015 tournament, and  here are some tips on where to party (and how to survive) the Hong Kong Sevens weekend.

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Hong Kong Stadium

While the South Stand is hard to get into, this is the place to be if you want to party throughout the Sevens. It’ll be loud, colourful, and crazy, and you’ll see plenty of awesome costumes so be sure to dress up. The seating is unreserved, so try to get here early to grab a seat.

The Sevens will usually finish between 7 and 9, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore Hong Kong by night.

Here are some of the best places to party:

Wan Chai

Wan Chai used to be Hong Kong’s red light district in Hong Kong and these days is bursting with all sorts of pubs and bars, which overflow onto the streets.

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Wan Chai

This area is close to the stadium, and the streets are sure to be packed with people still in their costumes. This is where you’ll find the cheapest drinks in Hong Kong, and a lot of character which makes Wan Chai an interesting and exciting place to explore.

Take the outdoor public escalator to the top of the district, and pinball your way down, hitting the best bars.

The most boisterous and busiest parts of Wan Chai are “The Corners,” which are two intersections on Lockhart Road, one by Fenwick Street, and the other at Luard Road. These are where you’ll find the less sleazy bars, and it’s the place to go for a slightly more upscale drinking experience.

Mes Amis
Mes Amis

Mes Amis is an open facaded bar, and is usually considered to be the centre of Wan Chai. The central location is on the corner of Luard and Lockhart, and it’s a good place to meet friends, with crowds spilling out onto the streets. Walk a little further up Luard Road until you get to Jaffe Road, and you’ll find the Delaney’s The Irish Pub as well as Bar Amazonia, both popular choices in this area.

Delaney's Irish Pub
Delaney’s Irish Pub

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While the Fenwick-Lockhart junction isn’t quite as central as the Luard-Lockhart corner, the nautically-themed Typhoon is a must-visit, and is famous for giving out free shots whenever there is a Typhoon warning. Typhoon is a place that gets crazy during the Seven’s and is known as one of the best places to party.

Typhoon
Typhoon

When the booze hits, and you’re ready to dance, head to Carnegie’s, which has installed brass railings on the bar since dancing on top of it is so popular. This place generally draws a younger crowd with a mix of tourists, university students, and international school kids frequenting it regularly. It’s sure to be a huge hit during the Seven’s.

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Carnegie’s

Lan Kwai Fong

Lan Kwai Fong is one of the other main drinking districts in Hong Kong, and the bars here are some of the best in Asia, which has earned it the nickname of party central. It’s not as close to the Hong Kong Stadium as Wan Chai, but the area is still well worth a visit.

Dublin Jacks is an Irish bar, with a friendly atmosphere and a great deck to chill out on, and Irish pub-style food. Grab a bite to eat here, before heading to The Hong Kong Brew House for the best selection of beers in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong Brew House
Hong Kong Brew House

When it’s time to really party, head to Stormies (LKF), which is where hundreds of people inevitably end up spilling out into the street. There’s a surprisingly good restaurant upstairs, serving excellent seafood.

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For something a little different, head to Sub Zero Temp Bar, a Russian restaurant, where patrons can hang out in the freezer and drink multiple types of vodka. Don’t worry about being underdressed, as they have plenty of fur coats for you to wear.

The Seven’s is a great excuse to go out, and with the amount of amazing bars and clubs on offer in Hong Kong, you’ll be spoiled for choice when you go out after the games.

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Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong

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The Essential Guide to Celebrating Chinese New Year in Hong Kong in 2015

Chinese New Year this year begins on February 19, and what better place to experience it than in Hong Kong? Chinese New Year is a huge celebration of food, festivities and Chinese culture across Chinese countries and cities. Hong Kong has it all, from the bursts of colour in the streets to delicious Chinese New Year goodies begging to be eaten. Join in on their annual Chinese New Year street parade, the dazzling display of fireworks and the raucous nightlife that is sure to keep the festive buzz going for the traditional 15 days of celebration. Street markets, banks, public utilities and government offices will be closed from February 19 to 21, but everything else is open for the revelers in Hong Kong. Who said that the city shuts down during the Lunar Festival? In Hong Kong, Chinese New Year is when the party begins.

1) 19th February : Tsim Sha Tsui, Chinese New Year Parade on 1 cny parade

Position yourselves early along Nathan Road, Canton Road or Haiphong Road for a prime view of the annual Chinese New Year Parade. It’s a glorious mess of floats, lion dancing and even pyrotechnics, traversing down the usually traffic-laden road of Tsim Sha Tsui. Plunge right into the crowd and join in on the revelry!

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2)  20th February : Victoria Harbour, Chinese New Year Fireworks Display
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Very much like their New Year’s Eve fireworks display but just as opulent and astounding, if not more. Join the merrymakers along the sides of Victoria Harbour and prepare to be amazed by the fireworks, guaranteed to add a bang to the already-exhilarating celebrations. The dazzling show starts at 8:00 p.m. but as always, go early to secure the best view!

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3) Disneyland
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If you fancy a move away from the hustle and bustle of the city for the day, pay a visit to the Chinese New Year themed Disneyland! You may very well meet the same excited faces that you met at the parade or the fireworks display, but only in Hong Kong Disneyland will you see the iconic Disney festooned in the traditional burst of red and gold. Grab a pair of Mouse Ears and spend a day celebrating a different sort of Chinese New Year. With one-of-a-kind Chinese New Year-themed food and souvenirs, remember to drop by if you want a unique Disneyland experience.

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4) 5th March : Lantern Festival
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The Lantern Festival marks the end of the Chinese New Year festivities, but rest assured the same amount of effort has been put into this festival to make sure the celebrations end off with a bang! Happening on the 15th day of Chinese New Year, Tsim Sha Tsui will be adorned with lanterns of all shapes and sizes, adding even more light and colour to the already-vibrant Hong Kong. Head to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza for the Lantern Exhibition, where you can admire the myriad lanterns for free. Also at the Cultural Centre is a lantern carnival, where lively performances by folk dancers and acrobatic performances are the order of the day.

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5)  Party at Lan Kwai Fong or Wan Chai 5 lankwaifong

For the night owls, the party hubs at Lan Kwai Fong and Wan Chai are sure to tickle your fancy. There are a variety of bars and clubs to suit your preferences, be it a wild night out partying or a relaxed sit-down with your friends. Just remember to keep that hangover in check for more celebrating the next day!

Still not sure what to do when visiting Hong Kong for this year’s Chinese New Year?  Check out Travelog for more useful, up-to-date information on things to do and places to visit in Hong Kong.

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong

The New Year Celebrations in Hong Kong are an extravagant affair and display a good mix of Chinese and Western culture in their celebrations.  Start off your night with the ball drop in Causeway Bay before heading down to the Victoria Harbor for the breathtaking New Year Firework and Symphony of Lights show and finishing off at Lan Kwai Fong for a good time with your loved ones. For those who prefer to avoid the crowds, catch the New Year’s Eve Countdown Carnival that would be broadcasted all over Hong Kong. Hang out with locals and celebrate with the Lion and Dragon Dance Parade the next day. We are sure that you’ll find something amazing to commemorate 2014 and welcome 2015 in Hong Kong!

1.  New Year Fireworks & Symphony of Lights Show

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Hop on to any cruise at the Victoria Harbor for a spectacular time with a sumptuous dinner, fascinating lights and lovely company. The Symphony of Lights show is a unique visual performance that attracts thousands of visitors every day, and on the last 20 seconds of 31st December 2014, there would be breathtaking fireworks to boot. If you do not wish to cruise down the river and prefer to remain on land for the celebration, the viewing deck on the Victoria Harbor is a pleasant place for a great view of the light show and fireworks.

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2.  New Year’s Eve Countdown Carnival

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An annual affair, Hong Kong’s countdown carnival is watched by many families at home or those with a New Year’s Eve house party. The large scale countdown event is from 8.30pm on the 31st to 12.15am and features many stellar performances by many different artistes. It is held in several different locations, namely Sha Tin Park, Sha Tin Town Hall cum City Art Square. If you’re not satisfied with just watching the countdown carnival from a tiny black box at home, do join in the festivities at the various locations across Hong Kong. The carnival promises plenty of fun and excitement to welcome the New Year.

3.  Ball Drop in Causeway Bay

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The New Year celebrations in Hong Kong begin with the Ball Drop in Times Square Mall at Causeway Bay. A replica of the New York ball drop, the promising Hong Kong version is fantastic as well. The buzzing energy from the crowd, the crazy lights in Causeway Bay and the general atmosphere makes one expectant of the New Year. Before you head off for the other festivities in Hong Kong, one definitely has to come to witness the ball drop at ‘Times Square’.

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4.  Lan Kwai Fong

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How else to celebrate the coming of the year other than with some close friends and mugs of beer? Enjoy the festivities in over 100 F&B outlets all over Lan Kwai Fong and celebrate the New Year with traditional fireworks (get a seat outside for a better view!) and a countdown you’re your loved ones. Please don’t be startled by the presence of police and security officers all over the place, it’s just an indicator of the huge buzzing crowd that’s going to gather to celebrate the night.

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5.  Lion and Dragon Dance Parade

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The New Year celebrations we have mentioned so far are typical New Year festivities that can be found all over the world and takes place on the 31st of December. However, for those who prefer a localized celebration on the first day of the New Year, do check out the Lion and Dragon Dance Parade that starts from Canton Road along Hong Kong Cultural Centre and finishes at UC Centenary Garden, East Tsim Sha Tsui. The event starts at 1.30pm but do head down earlier for a better view of the parade.

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Still not sure what to do when visiting Hong Kong this New Year’s?

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Where to Enjoy the Festive Season in Hong Kong

If you happen to be in Hong Kong during Christmas, you will not be disappointed. The Travelog team have selected the top events for celebrating this special day with your friends and families. Be prepared to have tons of fun and to takeaway loads of memories.

1.  Hong Kong Disneyland

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There is nowhere else to spend your Christmas other than in the most magical place on Earth – Disneyland. This year, Hong Kong Disneyland will be celebrating the festival with the theme ‘Frozen’.  Popular Disney characters Queen Elsa and Princess Anna will be making their appearances. There would also be the usual light show and Disney parade that we guarantee will make this Christmas one that will leave you reminiscing for years.  Don’t forget to grab some last-minute Christmas shopping from the Disney store for your family and friends.

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2. International Commerce Centre Light and Music Show

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For the month of December, the International Commerce Centre (ICC) Light and Music show would be displayed on the tallest building in Hong Kong. The theme for the show this year is ‘Spreading Love in a Winter’ where a Love Train will make its way through the North and South Poles to meet Polar Bears and Penguins for a smashing adventure in the snow. On Christmas day itself, the ICC would also be featuring countdown illuminations. The best viewing place would be the outdoor terraces of the IFC Mall.

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3.  Ngong Ping 360

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Located on Lantau Island, the festivities at the culturally themed Ngong Ping village will be one of a kind. Start off your journey from the Hong Kong Island with a cable car ride that offers a magnificent view of parks, the bay and even the airport. Wander through a great range of dining, shopping and entertainment outlets, all Christmas decorated and ready to heartily welcome guests for this special day. This year, you can also watch the winners of the inaugural ‘Ngong Ping 360’s Got Talent’ show off their skills on the grand outdoor stage. Do visit the typical tourist attractions on Lantau Island while you’re here as well.

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4. Hong Kong Ballet Show

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For those who prefer to spend their Christmas with fine opera and dance, head down to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre where ‘The Nutcracker’ would be performed live by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Guest artists, Aki Saito from Japan and Dmitry Semionov from Russia will also be participating in the performance. This is a show suitable for families where the famous Christmas story comes alive.

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5. Hong Kong Malls

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To look for the best Christmas decorations in Hong Kong, you have to do a mall-hop to check out the various themed decorations. The malls treat Christmas with utmost importance and the decorations are detailed and amazing. Also, during Christmas eve and Christmas, groups of carollers from churches and schools would be making their rounds around the malls in Hong Kong to perform.  This is the best local Christmas fun you can get in Hong Kong and we highly recommend you to just check out a couple of malls and look out for performances by the carollers.

Malls we recommend:

  1. Langham Place Mall, 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
  2. 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
  3. New Town Plaza, 18 Sha Tin Centre St, Sha Tin, New Territories
  4. Harbor City, 7-27 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
  5. The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong Island

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Hong Kong’s Top 9 Cultural Sites

1. Po Lin Monastry and Big Buddha

Giant-BuddhaSitting at an impressive height of 34 meters, the statue of Buddha is the tallest in the world. Attracting many people from all over, this is one of Hong Kong’s biggest attractions and for good reason too. You can either take a 4-hour climb up the mountain (recommended only if you are physically fit) or opt for the glass bottom cable cars, which will give you a 360 view of the mountains and the South China Sea. Equally impressive, the monastery in all its tranquility is a great place for reflection and prayer. There is also a vegetarian restaurant that serves pretty delicious meals for the hungry traveler.

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2.  Lam Tsuen

Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree

Known as Hong Kong’s Wishing Tree, this banyan tree is located outside Tin Hau Temple. Many people have flocked to this tree, which is supposed to grant wishes which are written onto a piece of paper, attached to an orange and flung across its branches. Although the tree has now been protected due to its old age and a branch having broken off, people can still come here to get their wishes granted. However man-made structures have been put up so that visitors can hang their wishes there instead. Still an interesting and rather mystical site that is part of Hong Kong’s culture.

3.  Dragon Garden

Dragon Garden

One of Hong Kong’s hidden gems; this garden is also one of the most beautiful. Although it is closed to the public, except for monthly open days and arranged private tours, its owners are hoping for more of the public to see it. The garden is an eclectic mix of east meets west, a microcosm of Hong Kong. A dragon sculpture, made of out recycled bottles, greets visitors halfway up the hill. There is a mosaic of the Virgin Mary, inspired by a Christmas card given to Lee Lu-Cheung (the creator of the garden, who dedicated 20 years of his life to this architectural beauty) by his grandchildren. Stained glass windows with Chinese detailing and an oil painting of the founder and his wife are all little pieces of art that had an East-West influence. The Dragon Garden was so beautifully decorated that it was used as a filming location for a James Bond movie! What more reason do you need to visit it?

4.  Wong Tai Sin Temple

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One of Hong Kong’s most famous temples is the Wong Tai Sin Temple. It’s majestic exterior matches up to its intricately designed interior. While it is mainly a Taoist temple, it also holds Buddhist and Confucian scripts. The locals would tell you that this is the temple to go to if you want your prayers answered, which also means the crowds are huge. However for those looking to pray here, there is a very systematic process in place, which ensures that everyone will get their chance. Fortune telling is also very popular at Wong Tai Sin Temple – you shake a cup filled with wooden sticks till one falls out, then you take it to the reader who will help you get your fortune told. This place isn’t just for the religious or superstitious, it is truly an eye-opener to see the religious practices of the locals here and how it is such an important aspect of Chinese culture.

5.  Hong Kong Heritage Museum

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Its name says it all. This is the museum to visit if you want to find about Hong Kong from past to present. It furnishes an array of exhibitions that bring out different aspects of Hong Kong’s cultural and historical side. It also houses special exhibits such as the ‘Bruce Lee exhibit’ and ‘Studio Ghibli’ (which at the point of writing, is on going in the museum). If you can’t make it in time for these exhibits (the Bruce Lee exhibit is up till 2018), the people at this museum seem to know what tickles the fancy of it’s public and you can definitely look forward to equally interesting special exhibitions in the future. For those looking to learn about Hong Kong in more interactive ways, the ‘Children’s Discovery Gallery’ provides just that. Definitely not just for children, adults would definitely have fun at this section too! This museum is a great place for family or solo travelers who want to learn more about the beautiful city.

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6.  Fan Tin Village

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If you want to explore Hong Kong as it was in its past, head down to Fan Tin Village. Known for its unspoilt habitat, it looks like it got left behind while the rest of Hong Kong decided to modernize. However, this proved not too bad a choice because now it remains a popular tourist spot for those who wish to explore an old Hong Kong Village as it would have been in the past. The famous Tai Fu Tai Mansion, built during the Qing Dynasty in 1865, also resides in this village in all its old Chinese grandeur with its high green brick walls and ornamental roofs.

7.  Sunbeam Theatre (423 King’s Road, North Point)
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With its intricate costumes, brightly coloured sets, falsetto singing and intermittent gongs, the Cantonese Opera is truly a spectacle. Think of it as a Shakespeare play but more exaggerated, elaborate and a lot livelier. Every gesture, sound and prop is rich with symbolic meaning and brings life to the set. The Cantonese Opera is a highly respected art form in the Chinese world, however as the world moves towards the glitz and glamour of pop culture, Hong Kong does too. One of the few places you still can catch the opera is at Sunbeam Theatre which puts on performances every week. If you’re still not convinced as to why you should, UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity included Cantonese Opera in 2009, which basically means it’s worth watching.

8.  Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware

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Sipping tea from a small white cup is probably one of the most common sights in Hong Kong. A city of tea drinkers, tea has played such an integral part in the Chinese culture that they’ve set up a museum for it. It is here that you can learn about the tea brewing process and the art of making a good pot of tea. It’s not just pouring tea leaves and adding hot water that’s for sure! What’s more, you can enjoy a dim sum meal as you enjoy your piping hot own-brewed tea. For those who are more interested in the tools of the art, the museum is stocked full of tea ware that vary from colour to design. Learn about the different ways a pot of tea could be brewed, depending on the type of tea ware used in their exhibit. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this little gem of a museum is definitely representative of one of Hong Kong’s favourite beverages.

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9.  Kowloon Park’s Kung Fu Corner
Kung Fu Corner

All fans of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, if you’re in the area, drop by the Kung Fu Corner. Every Sunday, different Kung Fu schools from Hong Kong will be demonstrating moves or doing a showcase. There’s also dragon and sword dancing displays, all of which are part of Hong Kong’s interesting and colourful martial arts sector. While there are more impressive displays of Kung Fu such as in the Yip Man Martial Arts Association (Martial Arts enthusiasts are recommended to visit this instead), this little corner still has its perks. It’s free and provides a good opportunity to talk to the locals about their art. While this may not be first on the list for a cultural site, It is still a little slice of Hong Kong’s culture that you can enjoy at no cost!

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The Ultimate Guide to 24 Hours in Hong Kong

24 hours in Hong Kong - Dim Sum Breakfast – Lin Heung (Wellington Street)

1. Dim Sum Breakfast – Lin Heung (Wellington Street)

When in Hong Kong, eat Dim Sum.

By 9am, Lin Heung Tea House is noisy, crowded and has a line of people waiting to get in. The teahouse is one of Hong Kong’s oldest and is filled with people (mostly of the older generation) sipping tea, eating and chatting with one another. The menus are entirely in Mandarin and the waiters and waitresses are not known for their smiles and politeness.

Yet, be not afraid. Dining at Lin Heung is truly an experience. Walk right in (because no one is going to seat you) and find a table. It’s so crowded that there’s a 4 out of 5 chance you’re going to have to share it with a stranger, but this might prove helpful for those who are baffled by all the nuances in this bustling teahouse. If your neighbour has a fair command of Mandarin, go ahead and ask for help with the menu and they would probably have a good idea of what to eat.

The food is pushed out on carts and as the waiter and waitresses walk out of the kitchen, hungry customers leave their seats with their order sheets and grab the dim sum off the carts. While competing for your food might prove a daunting task, be observant and patient and you will get your fill of delicious dim sum soon enough.

Lin Heung Teahouse may serve dim sum that would fill your stomach but come here with an open mind and soak in the atmosphere of a traditional Hong Kong dim sum teahouse. Don’t come here looking for quality food, instead come for the experience.

24 hours in Hong Kong - Kowloon Park

2. Kowloon Park

After a filling and perhaps exhilarating meal at Lin Heung, head to Kowloon Park for some down time. Walk off your heavy breakfast as you wander through the expansive park that provides tranquillity and beautiful flora for you to admire.

Benches are scattered around the park for those looking to spend some time reading, chatting with a friend or even people watching. For the more active park goer, the Tai Chi groups practice in the mornings so join in for some early morning exercise. There is also a public pool and for a small fee you can enjoy some water fun. Lastly, for the wanderer, there are multiple ponds and aviaries with exotic birds that are worth taking a look at!

This serene and beautifully landscaped park is definitely an oasis in the middle of a bustling and busy Hong Kong.

24 hours in Hong Kong - Mongkok

3. Mongkok

Now that you’re all recharged after a nice morning stroll, throw yourself back into the hustle and bustle that characterizes Hong Kong.

Mongkok is made up of many streets that sell anything and everything. Stop for a quick bite (if you’re still full from breakfast) or go on a food trail, sampling street food from every stall that interests you. Hong Kong’s street food isn’t for the faint hearted though, from the ‘stinky toufu’, to offal in a bowl or on a stick to the more ordinary but still interesting, ‘curry fishballs’, you will definitely be spoilt for choice.

When you’re done with eating, follow up with some shopping at Ladies Street. This is where you’ll find clothes, accessories, cell phone covers and even handbag counterfeits. Mongkok is made up of several markets but if you don’t have time for all, Ladies Street is where the best deals happen.

Central, Wan Chai and Kowloon from Victoria Peak

4. Victoria Park

One of Hong Kong’s top destinations, Victoria Peak provides 360-degree view of Hong Kong. Take the peak tram, which was first opened in 1888 (of course, thoroughly maintained and upgraded today), which goes up a steep incline but provides marvellous views on the way up. For photo opportunities, sit on the right side of the tram when going up – you’ll have breath-taking views of Victoria Harbour in the background.

At the peak, be in awe of Hong Kong’s city skyline. The mix of old buildings and skyscrapers can be seen as you overlook Hong Kong with a birds’ eye view. Look out for the map that pinpoints well-known buildings in the city and play a game of ‘spot-the-famous-landmark’, which could make for a fun activity either with friends or family.

If you stay long enough till sunset, watch as the city comes to life at night. Lights start to fill the landscape of every colour, pattern and intensity. Colourful neon boards flicker in the distance against the backdrop of yellow and white building lights. Definitely a pretty sight to behold!
24 hours in Hong Kong - Temple Street Night Market

5. Temple Street Night Market

Head back down and straight to the Temple Street Night Market. Come up close and personal with the flashing neon lights you saw from afar at Victoria Peak. This place will be packed with people, sounds and smells (as is the rest of Hong Kong) but this night market sums up the cultural experience in the busy city.

Restaurants, cafes and street vendors dot the streets at night contributing to the variety of food available on Temple Street. From fish to shellfish, it’s a pretty common sight on Temple Street as the Hong Kong-ers are very fond of their seafood. So, choose from a wonderful seafood spread to a bowl of piping hot beef/chicken/pork/ wonton noodles, Temple Street will not be short of food for the hungry traveller.

After dinner, continue with your shopping. This is the place to buy your last minute souvenirs both for yourself or someone else at a relatively cheap price. For the avid bargain hunter, Temple Street Market will definitely suit your fancy as you navigate through crowded streets, flanked by stalls selling trinkets of all sorts.

Whether or not you’re big on shopping, Temple Street Night Market is definitely a must go even if its to soak in the atmosphere. A cultural experience not to be missed!
24 hours in hong kong - Tsim Sha Tsui

6. Tsim Sha Tsui

For those who prefer big malls and fancy brand names, head over to Tsim Sha Tsui instead of Temple Street Night Market. Tsim Sha Tsui offers a more glitzy nightlife with restaurants (which offer better service than in the markets) and pubs and bars to chill at after.

Serving up an international array of food, whether you are craving Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Italian, Thai and even Indian food, you’re bound to be able to find something to satisfy your cravings. After dinner, head over to one of the many pubs and bars for a beer with some friends to complete the night!

And if you think the night is still young, walk over to The Avenue of Stars along Victoria Harbour. If you’re done with dinner early, catch the Symphony of Lights – a ten-minute light show at 8pm featuring 45 buildings on both sides of the Harbour accompanied by music. It is definitely a sight to behold and if you think Hong Kong can’t get any brighter, this will prove you wrong. If not, walk down the avenue and see if you can spot any famous Hong Kong star. One thing’s for sure, you won’t be able to miss the 2.5metre statue of Bruce Lee.

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Images (from top to bottom) courtesy of The Guardian, Reverse-Live Studio,  A View On Cities, Mortal Coil, China Private Travel and FMT News.