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STYLE AND CULTURE

STYLISH CITY: HONG KONG

By Eleanor Dunne, 4 May 2019

Fancy a cultural city break? Or a nature-filled getaway with picturesque beaches to unwind on? Or how about an enlightening spiritual journey filled with awe-inducing temples? Well, you’re in luck, because Hong Kong has all three, and much more besides. From buzzing city vibes to tranquil seaside neighbourhoods and peaceful monasteries, this stylish destination has it all... here’s our guide on what to wear, what to see and where to stay.
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If you're headed to Hong Kong in the spring or summer, you can be sure it will be hot, humid and sticky, always with a chance of rain. You’ll also be walking a lot, so, sorry to sound like your mum, but comfort is paramount. And, of course, people from Hong Kong are super stylish, so you’re going to need to get on their level with your 'fits. A tonal tie-dye and shorts look is a great comfy-but-cool place to start, paired with a bucket hat and shades for an extra edge. Hong Kong’s trainer game is no joke – you'll see everyone from 5 to 85-year olds rocking the freshest kicks – so pack some spongy soft chunky CAT Intruders to fit in with the locals and pound the pavements with ease. So there you have it: you’re looking fresh to death and ready to get out and explore the city.
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Hong Kong is made up of Hong Kong island (which has the main city centre), the outlying islands, the Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories. The main island has lots of swanky hotels to choose from, but for something a bit cheaper – and to experience an area you may not otherwise have visited – try an Airbnb in Mong Kok in Kowloon. You'll be just a few subway stops from central and on the way to most of the big tourist sites, like the Tian Tian Buddha and the Chi Lin Nunnery. Plus, you’ll find cheap and tasty dim sum on every corner – try One Dim Sim on Tung Choi Street for food that's worth the queue.
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Make Victoria Harbour in Mong Kok your first port of call for a breathtaking view of the city, guaranteed to get you hyped for the rest of your trip. Head down the Avenue of Stars, stopping off at the Intercontinental Hotel’s Lobby Lounge to soak in the panoramic skyline as you have a drink (it can be pricey but you can get away with spending under £20, and it's definitely worth it). Then, enjoy more of the view from the MTR commuter boat (much cheaper than the tourist options) as it takes you across the harbour to the island and the city centre. Here, you can walk over to the Soho area for bars and restaurants with food from all over the world (Thai restaurant Chachawan on Hollywood Road is particularly tasty).

For more views of the city, get the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak. Once you’ve taken all the view selfies your arm can manage, escape from the tourist-heavy area by walking back down through the jungle-y forest of Hatton Road – you'll almost forget you’re in one of the world's most densely populated cities. In the evening, head to the Sai Ying Pun area for cocktails at the Potato Head bar. Or, try Kennedy Town to the west of the island for more cool nightlife spots and on-point harbour views.

If you fancy a full-on break from the hustle and bustle after a few days exploring the city, you can take a train east to Shek O beach, where you can top up on your tan by the sea or sample local seafood in the peaceful village. It's also worth taking half a day to get the cable car to the Tian Tian Buddha and the Po Lin monastery on Lantau island, or visiting the Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden in Diamond Hill, Kowloon for some traditional Chinese gardens and architecture. For something more off the beaten path, check out the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin. In actuality, there's over 12,000 shining gold buddhas to enjoy as you hike up to the temple – and if you’re lucky you might spot some of the area's monkey inhabitants on your way.

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