Appreciating Hong Kong

Once you’ve reached Central, Hong Kong is an amazingly multicultural whirlwind of things for tourists and travellers to enjoy. For nightlife, you’ll want to hit up Lan Kwai Fong, a central street lined with bars and pubs that’s sloped at a quirky angle alongside the Midlevels escalator. Here you’ll find dozens of places to eat on each level, from Thai, Brazilian and Mexican food, to local cuisine, cocktails and boutique ice-cream. It’s 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 you’ll 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 you’re just looking for a quiet night, it’s hard to beat the rooftop of the International Finance Centre (IFC). While the rooftop garden isn’t anywhere near the top of the 415 meter building, you’ll have a picturesque vantage point where you can see the ferries, buses and people as they come and go. While there’s a rooftop bar and cafe up here, it’s usually quite quiet. You’ll be able to take a breath and listen to the city humming around you. Even if you’ve decided to stay in, Hong Kong buildings only have room to grow upwards so you’ll find most of the hotels and apartments still have stunning scenes.