Appreciating Hong Kong
Once youâve reached Central, Hong Kong is an amazingly multicultural whirlwind of things for tourists and travellers to enjoy. For nightlife, youâll want to hit up Lan Kwai Fong, a central street lined with bars and pubs thatâs sloped at a quirky angle alongside the Midlevels escalator. Here youâll find dozens of places to eat on each level, from Thai, Brazilian and Mexican food, to local cuisine, cocktails and boutique ice-cream. Itâs possible to start in the Midlevels and catch the elevator down for each course of your lunch, dinner or midnight snack and finish up with a glass of wine in the nightlife centre by Des Voeux Road. Walk down this street at night towards the ferry piers, and youâll be rewarded with a view of the colourful lights and specialised light shows from Kowloon and the city of Hong Kong itself. Stand right up to the harbour edge if you like, and watch the glittering spectacles of the Star Ferries as they glide back and forth between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central. It will truly be an unforgettable night.
If youâre just looking for a quiet night, itâs hard to beat the rooftop of the International Finance Centre (IFC). While the rooftop garden isnât anywhere near the top of the 415 meter building, youâll have a picturesque vantage point where you can see the ferries, buses and people as they come and go. While thereâs a rooftop bar and cafe up here, itâs usually quite quiet. Youâll be able to take a breath and listen to the city humming around you. Even if youâve decided to stay in, Hong Kong buildings only have room to grow upwards so youâll find most of the hotels and apartments still have stunning scenes.