Hong Kong is a true intersection of luxury and Old-World, as cosmopolitan skyscrapers and a state-of-the-art subway system skirt hundred-year-old temples and double-decker trams. This means visitors have easy access to shiny, multiplex malls as well as hole-in-the-wall, Michelin-starred dim sum joints. There’s no shortage of luxurious hotels in the Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon and Central areas. Budget-friendlier but still convenient options are located in Sheung Wan, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay.
Cantonese Cuisine To Try In Hong Kong
- In Hong Kong you’ll soon recognize steaming bamboo baskets as dim sum, comprising numerous individual courses like shrimp dumplings, quail eggs or chicken feet. Usually eaten for brunch, dim sum is available (and equally tasty) at each end of the economic spectrum -- rub elbows with other diners at communal tables over dirt-cheap fare, or treat yourself to an exquisite meal at a high-end hotel restaurant.
- More than just ubiquitous sidewalk hazards, pigeons are actually quite delicious when roasted to crisp perfection -- more tender than duck due to chefs’ use of only young birds. The dish is historic to the area of Sha Tin in New Territories, but you can find it at certain restaurants downtown as well.
Popular Nightlife Activities
- Asian-style karaoke (also known as KTV) is done in private rooms, where you can comfortably belt out your favorite tunes in the company of only your friends. Most karaoke places have big, flat-screen TVs, touch-screen controls and a variety of popular English tunes to keep customers entertained until closing time at 3, 4 or even 5 a.m.
- Rooftop bars in Kowloon are popular for their nighttime views of the neon-lit Victoria Harbour. In a city with this many skyscrapers, travelers would be remiss not to have at least one drink while taking in the sights and bright lights.