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Cultural Treasures

There’s far more to Hong Kong than the five-star dining and luxe shopping that the city is known for. Rich in history and tradition, it’s also home to a burgeoning cultural renaissance, as a new wave of artists, musicians and entrepreneurs infuse the city with a vibrant energy. Explore the galleries, museums and spiritual sites that call the region home.

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Day

1

Morning
  • Explore Nature.

    Start your day with a climb up Dragon’s Back, one of the best urban hiking trails in Asia. A short hop from the bustle of the city, the trail provides stunning views of Tai Tam and the South China Sea.

Midday
  • A Dining Must.

    Refuel after your hike with a traditional dim sum feast at Lin Heung Tea House, a Hong Kong institution since 1926. Indulge in the rice balls wrapped in banana leaf and filled with sugar and peanuts.

  • Modern Treasures.

    Shop the curated wares at the PMQ. This multi-use, open-air mall is home to more than 100 local designers and artisans. Set in a former police station, the space regularly plays host to design fairs, pop-up fashion stalls and art exhibitions.

Afternoon
  • Plum Perfection.

    Grab a drink at one of the restaurants in the PMQ before heading out. The lively atmosphere at Sohofama makes it the perfect place to sip on a signature Plum Sour.

  • Art Attention.

    Experience an art gallery in total darkness. The brainchild of Stephen Chang, the Empty Gallery in Aberdeen is a 3,000-square-foot multi-media space where the lack of light encourages visitors to focus their attention on the art

Evening
  • Harbor Icon.

    Set sail on a traditional red-sailed junk. Sip on a glass of champagne as you watch the sun go down and the skyline light up.

  • Cantonese Heights.

    Dine on some of the city’s best Cantonese fare at Tin Lung Heen, the Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton. The chef’s degustation menu provides a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

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Day

2

Morning
  • Meet Buddha.

    Discover the city’s spiritual background with a climb to the Tian Tan Buddha statue. Perched atop 268 stairs, the bronze statue is a commanding 112 feet tall and draws pilgrims from all over the world.

Midday
  • Sacred Space.

    Opposite the statue, the Po Lin Monastery is considered one of the region’s most important Buddhist sanctums. Dine at the monastery’s vegetarian restaurant and enjoy a moment of tranquility in its lush garden.

  • Picture Perfect.

    Hone your photography skills in Tai O. This quaint fishing village is home to the Tanka people, a community of fishermen who’ve built their houses on stilts above the tidal flats of Lantau Island. The bright colors and vibrant community makes for some stunning snaps.

Afternoon
  • Tea Is Served.

    Enjoy an afternoon tea, English style. Tea service at Café 103 at The Ritz-Carlton is a modern affair, where pastries and savory bites are served on polished silver tiers and expansive views of Victoria Harbour can be found around every corner.

Evening
  • A Night at the Opera.

    Built in 1930, the refurbished Yau Ma Tei Theatre stages weekly performances of Cantonese opera, a performance art that blends Chinese legend, music and drama.

  • Cocktails with a View.

    Have a nightcap at the tallest bar in the world. Situated on the 118th floor of the International Commerce Center, Ozone is known for its inventive cocktails and delicious Asian tapas.

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Day

3

Morning
  • Natural Pleasures.

    Stroll through Victoria Park. On any given day, this urban green space is great for people watching, as groups of seniors practice Tai Chi in the morning and droves of locals take respite from the bustling city.

  • Breakfast Customs.

    Start your day the traditional way with a bowl of congee. Also known as rice porridge, it’s common breakfast fare in Hong Kong. Head to Sang Kee for the crab congee, but get there early — it’s usually sold out by lunch.

Midday
  • Hong Kong History.

    Immerse yourself in the rich history of the region at the Hong Kong Museum of History. From the Han Dynasty to the major metropolis it is today, Hong Kong’s storied past is worth exploring.

  • Snack Time.

    Enjoy an egg waffle at Lee Kung Kee. One of the first food stalls to grab the attention of the mighty Michelin powers, Lee Kung Kee serves up some of the city’s best versions of this iconic snack.

Afternoon
  • A Relaxing Tradition.

    Unwind with an oriental massage. This traditional Chinese treatment, available at the spa at The Ritz-Carlton, uses deep acupressure to release blocked energy and rebalance the body.

Evening
  • A Dinner to Remember.

    Dine on creative Chinese fare at Bo Innovation, a lively restaurant where dishes like crab soufflé topped with Jiangsu vinegar take center stage.

  • Cheers!

    Cap your evening off at one of the city’s lounges that specialize in specific spirits. Scotch lovers flock to Lof10, a discreet basement bar offering a wide selection of rare Japanese whiskeys.