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A Perfect Weekend

There isn’t much you can’t find in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities: a bounty of celebrated chefs, one of the most exciting art scenes on the planet, and a shopping scene that rivals that of New York. What’s more, despite the fact the city is home to more than 7 million people, there are innumerable opportunities to unwind. About 40 percent of Hong Kong is protected from development, and spectacular scenery is never far away.

Nighttime view of a skyline with one building extending high above the others

Day

1

Morning
  • Take a Morning Swim.

    An easy way to wrap your head around the scale of this bustling city: a morning swim at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. From the 118th-floor indoor infinity pool, the highest in the world, you can gaze at the city’s iconic buildings and mountains.  

Midday
  • Browse the City's Best Art.

    When Hanart TZ Gallery opened in 1983, it became a trailblazer in the thriving local art scene, launching the careers of many artists from across China and putting the city on the international art world’s radar.

  • Wander the Gagosian.

    The works of everyone from British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor to abstract painter Cy Twombly have been showcased at American art dealer Larry Gagosian’s Hong Kong gallery, a light-filled space in the historical Pedder Building.   

Afternoon
  • Walk Down Hollywood Road.

    Old and New Hong Kong come together on Hollywood Road, a trendy shopping area that is still home to dozens of old antique shops. Don’t miss the oldest, Honeychurch, which sells suitcase-friendly souvenirs along with Meiji-era furniture.

  • Get Lost in the Grand PMQ.

    In a former life, this 197,000-square-foot mall was a police barracks. Now it is home to ceramic stores, high-end fashion boutiques, art exhibits and eateries where you can enjoy everything from beef tartare and Chinese noodles to cold-brew coffee and condensed-milk ice cream.

  • Relax in Blake Garden.

    While it is just a few minutes’ walk from the crowds, the small urban park of Blake Garden feels like a total escape from city life. You’ll see locals practicing tai chi, playing basketball and enjoying a quiet stroll under the trees.

Evening
  • Dine on Fresh Catches.

    Neighborhood’ seats are among the hottest in the city thanks to
    the precision of Hong Kong-born Chef David Lai, who has worked with Alain Ducasse and uses the city’s best catches from local markets in his French dishes.

  • Unwind With a Cocktail.

    Bartenders around the world make pilgrimages to enjoy the cocktails in this city. One of their first stops: the dimly lit J. Boroski Mixology, where they canenjoy burnt orange and thyme Negronis with freshly cut ice under the bar’s handsome leather-lattice ceilings.

Day

2

Morning
  • Catch the Best View in the City.

    Chances are you’ve seen a postcard of the Victoria Peak panorama. Take the funicular up to the top to admire the waterways, colorful skyscrapers and grassy mountain ranges.  

Midday
  • Enjoy Wildlife and Kung Fu.

    The 33-acre Kowloon Park is loaded with a few hours’ worth of activities for the family: Spot exotic birds in the aviary, take a dip in the swimming pool, navigate a maze of manicured plants, and enjoy a picnic by the lotus pond. Go on Sunday to spot performers showing off kung fu moves.

  • Taste Local Snacks.

    The neighborhood of Tai Hang is peppered with stalls that serve a variety of specialty cuisines. Head straight to the unassuming Beng Kee for comforting satay beef noodles and creamy Hong Kong-style milk tea.

  • See the City's Oldest Temple.

    Walk inside Man Mo Temple, and you’re welcomed with an overflow of red and gold ornaments, the warm scent of incense and epic shrines to the Cantonese gods of literature and war.

Afternoon
  • Take a Break

    There’s a lot to explore in this town, and you’ll need to take a few breaks. At the hotel, book the lava shell body treatment, which incorporates soothing heated shells and aromatic oils to restore tired muscles.

Evening
  • Enjoy a Decadent Meal.

    Dishes at the newly opened Rhoda are anything but boring: You’ll find asparagus topped with a pile of truffle shavings, smoky buns made with dark beer, and tart chicken wings loaded with a kick of vinegar.

  • Experience the City's Wild Side.

    After sundown, it’s pretty much impossible to miss Tsim Sha Tsui, a promenade in the Kowloon area, as it’s lit up with the neon lights of a night market. Explore the frenetic stalls, which sell both food and home goods, and catch the Symphony of Lights, a nightly laser show that begins around 8 p.m