Hong Kong


Hong Kong has never been so confident about its place at the top of the financial world and, increasingly, in the regional cultural game - the city is now the biggest arts-auction hub in Asia. The city's best asset is its ability to retain a distinctly local character while embracing full-force global influences in cuisine, retail and pure fun.

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  1. Have some milk-tea or 'yuan-yang' (mix of tea and coffee) at one of the city’s fast-disappearing 'dai pai dongs' (kerbside cafés).
  2. For the best reflexology foot massage, book an appointment at Joy Ocean on Caine Road.
  3. Peek into living rooms and offices while riding on the longest covered outdoor escalator in the world (800m). Embark at Central.
  4. Do dim sum like the locals. Try the China Club or Lin Heung Tea House.
  5. Take in some old-world charm while sipping a G&T at the Foreign Correspondents' Club.

Two-hour tour

  • Jump in a taxi — Shek O: Jump in a taxi down to the beach at Shek O on Hong Kong Island's southern shores.

  • The Big Buddha: — The Big Buddha: Cosy up in the cable-car at Tung Chung on Lantau Island and eek all the way up to the Big Buddha. Have lunch at the vegetarian restaurant by the monastery.

  • Lamma Island — Catch the ferry from the Central ferry piers. Walk around the island and lounge at one of the many excellent seafood restaurants on the seafront.


  • Independent and easy

    Lanson Place

    133 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay

    +852 3477 6888

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  • Dependable chain

    Grand Hyatt

    1 Harbour Road, Wanchai

    +852 2588 1234

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  • Premium

    Upper House

    Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Wanchai

    +852 3968 1111

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  • Fast breakfast


    Shop 1, G/F, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan

    +852 2525 3454

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  • Mid-morning coffee


    1F, 1 Sun Street, Wan Chai

    +852 5489 5330

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  • Lunch on your own

    Eslite Tea Room

    9/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

    +852 3419 6770

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  • Working lunch with colleagues

    22 Ships

    22 Ship Street Wanchai

    +852 2555 0722

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  • Need-to-impress clients lunch


    3F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central

    +852 2525 9191

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  • Afternoon tea/drink

    The Peninsula Lobby

    Salisbury Road, Kowloon

    +852 2920 2888

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  • Dinner on your own

    Olala Yat Wun Mien

    2 Star Street, Wanchai

    +852 2866 3381

  • Dinner with colleagues

    Three Monkeys

    151-155 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan

    +852 3151 7771

  • Big dinner with partner/clients


    Prince's Building, 25F, 10 Chater Road, Central

    +852 2537 1388

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  • Late drinks

    Salon 10

    10 Arbuthnot Road, Central

    +852 2801 6768

  • On the tiles


    G/F, 24-30 Ice House Street, Central

    +852 2810 9902

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  • Drink after dinner


    Basement, 97 Wellington Street, Central

    +852 2810 6969


  • Bookshop

    Kelly & Walsh

    Shop 204, L2 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty

    +852 2522 7893

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Thank yous

  • Flowers from Ellermann Flower Boutique

    G/F, 36 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

    +852 2291 0388

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  • Cake from the Mandarin Cake Shop

    Mandarin Oriental, Mezzanine Floor, 5 Connaught Road, Central

    +852 2825 4008

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  • The Monocle Shop

    1-4 St. Francis Yard, Wanchai

    +852 2804 2323

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  • Something for yourself

    Chen Mi Ji

    G/F, 4 Sun Street, Wanchai

    +852 2549 8800

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  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Lee Kung Man Knitting Factory

    111 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan

    +852 2543 8579

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts


    555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

    +852 2838 8338

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  • Something for the kids

    Petit Bazaar

    9 Gough Street, Central

    +852 2544 2255

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  • Something for someone you love

    The Armoury

    3F, 307 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central

    +852 2804 6991

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  • Buy a pass — Buy an Octopus card to get around the city by bus, MTR, train and tram (the latter is an unmissable experience).

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  • Good running route — Victoria Park for a short track run or Bowen Road between Magazine Gap Road and Stubbs Road.

    Bowen Road, Hong Kong

  • Good gym


    3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central

    +852 8129 8000

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