HONG KONG is always the first place many Filipinos visit outside their country.
Attracted by its modernity, Filipinos want to visit the City of the World not just two or three times, but many times in their life for its proximity and convenience.
In addition to the memories created and the many opportunities for those who go there for shopping, visitors will be amazed by the new experiences and developments that have opened in the last three years that Hong Kong offers visitors at this time.
With the promise of “New Adventures at Every Turn”, it’s like playing the Rubik’s Cube where users can twist and turn to create their own wonderful journey against a backdrop of its ancient heritage and 21st century modernity.
But unknown to many visitors, Hong Kong – originally a sparsely populated area of farming and fishing villages – has many “hidden secrets” for the adventurous and those who enjoy the outdoors.
Art and culture
M +. Highly anticipated by art lovers, M + opened in the heart of the West Kowloon cultural district in November 2021 and is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world. It exhibits the visual culture of the 20th and 21st centuries which includes visual art, design, architecture and moving images.
Located at the southern end of Kowloon, overlooking Victoria Harbor, the M + facade with its huge LED that can be seen across the harbor has now formed the new harbor skyline and is among Hong Kong’s most iconic landmarks .
Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM). The latest addition to Hong Kong’s vibrant arts and culture scene, HKPM opened its doors with great fanfare in July 2022. It features over 900 priceless treasures from the Palace Museum.
Xiqu Center. A world-class performance venue promoting traditional Chinese theater, Cantonese opera and regional forms of xiqu, the Xiqu Center was established with the aim of preserving, promoting and developing the art of Chinese opera heritage .
Mural villages. Hong Kong has some of the best mural villages in the world, with many local and international artists making their mark in the form of eye-catching wall art. From the alleys of Peng Chau Island to the murals hidden in plain sight in Wan Chai, there are surprises on every corner if you know where to look.
The murals are updated from time to time by famous street artists and various art groups such as HKwalls, a non-profit arts organization that aims to create opportunities for local and international artists to showcase their talent.
West Kowloon Walk. The vast waterfront offers mesmerizing views of Victoria Harbor and the Hong Kong Island skyline. Outdoor performances, exhibitions and events at places like Freespace within the West Kowloon Cultural District also make the West Kowloon waterfront a great place for recreation and relaxation.
A wide range of restaurants line the waterfront, offering refreshing cuisines and experiences, from fine dining to bistros and cozy cafes.
Vast open space
Cycling on the route from Tuen Mun to Sha Tin / Ma On Shan. The 60-kilometer New Territories Super Bike Track connects Tuen Mun and Ma On Shan in the New Territories. The 11-kilometer middle section of the track connecting Yuen Long to Sheung Shui opened in September 2020, completing Hong Kong’s longest cycle path.
Water and outdoor activities. Hong Kong is much more than just a concrete jungle and the Hong Kong Unesco Geopark in Sai Kung is probably the perfect example. Featuring exquisite volcanic rock formations and some of Hong Kong’s clearest waters, the Hong Kong Geopark is the perfect getaway for kayaking and stand-up paddling.
Hong Kong once had a salt producing village that was abandoned in the 1990s. It is called “Yim Tin Tsai”, which translates to “little salt pan” in Cantonese, an area where Hakka settlers developed salt farms on the island and made a living by selling it.
Today the salt flats have been restored and are fully functional, making them a top spot for hikers.
Another place to explore is the once sleepy island, Peng Chau, which literally means flat island. It has been revitalized with the new artistic enclave of the island.
Being right next to Shenzhen’s Yantian District, Sha Tau Kok was once a border-locked area that required a permit and guarantee from a local resident to visit. It has since been gradually reopened and the Sha Tau Kok Pier opened to registered local tour groups in June 2022.
Just a 30-minute boat ride away, tiny Ap Chau and the larger neighboring islands Kat O are part of the Hong Kong Unesco Global Geopark. Ap Chau – “Island of Ducks” in Cantonese – takes its name from the shape of the island that resembles a duck seen from the north.
For the intermediate level hiker, Tai Tam Reservoir (Quarry Bay to Repulse Bay) is recommended. For the seasoned hiker, the 10-kilometer high-altitude journey on the Wilson Trail Section 9 Hike (Hok Tau Reservoir to Pat Sin Leng) in the New Territories rewards you with spectacular views of hills, forests, and sea.
Shop and dine
One of the attractions of Hong Kong – then as now – is its taste offer. There had been many additional establishments catering to all types of diners and recreation seekers over the past three years.
Opened in 2021, Wing has racked up numerous accolades including the prestigious list of the best Asian restaurants at number 34. Wing’s menu is highly seasonal, with a focus on local produce which is served as a tasting journey featuring dishes such as pigeon sugarcane glaze with crunchy skin, as well as fish jaws with morels, abalone sauce over rice, chicken with crunchy skin, and King Crab Congee with chicken oil.
JAJA is a QTS accredited restaurant where original and innovative vegetarian delights are served. Dishes to try include the wontons with soup, vegan delights series of chia seed puddings, the huge one-meter red curry pizza and the colorful “Shake It Off” milkshake series.
A first of its kind, KIN Food Halls is an engaging and exciting new food destination that turns dishes into rolls for diners to order. Their “food playlist” includes over 200 dishes from more than 40 established restaurants across Asia. The KIN app is the first omnichannel food app that allows customers to eat whatever they watch.
The award-winning Penicillin bar is founded by Indonesian bar veterans Agung Prabowo and Roman Ghale, in the midst of the pandemic, with the hope that every customer will become an ambassador of sustainability. Inspired by the farm-to-table movement, Penicillin is Hong Kong’s first closed-loop bar that focuses on sustainability and zero waste.
As Hong Kong’s largest shopping mall, located right next to Victoria Harbor, Harbor City offers unique dining experiences with sea views and a full range of local and international cuisines. Harbor City’s F&B scene is continually enriching, with over 20 restaurants introduced since early 2022.
Opened in late 2019, K11 Musea quickly claimed its position as a new cultural retail destination envisioned as the hub of Victoria Dockside. Features an incredible mix of 250 retailers, destination restaurants and art installations, including over 250 internationally renowned brands from fashion and beauty to lifestyle luxuries, including Asia’s largest MoMA Design Store and the first Fortnum & Mason store outside the UK .
618 Shanghai Street is a brand new revitalized shopping mall in the heart of Mong Kok. The site, comprising 14 protected historic buildings, was once a strip of waterfront shops or tong lau selling fruit-sweetened tobacco, electrical appliances, medicinal teas and leather goods. Today, it’s a haven for locals and travelers alike with a wide range of local, independent and second-hand shops and restaurants, including Dignity Kitchen and Poach.
Central Market was Hong Kong’s first modern wet market and a Grade 3 listed building. Opened in 1842, the building was in perfect working order for more than six decades before the local government ceded the historic site to the Regulatory Authority. urban renewal (URA) with the aim of revitalizing the property.
Open to the public in August 2021, the new and revitalized Central Market has been transformed into a vibrant community hotspot with 255 stalls rebuilt into a “boundless spatial concept” with open shop windows, a semi-open courtyard and two levels of shopping space. artisanal catering and community building events.
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