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Something different in Hong Kong
In this dynamic city of seven million, there’s almost an endless amount to see and do. On your next trip to Hong Kong, start by discovering the city’s best-known landmarks. But once you’ve seen the essentials, save time to discover Hong Kong’s alternative side too. Whether that means signing up for tai chi classes, tromping along the city’s hiking trails, or scouting out Hong Kong’s famous film locations is entirely up to you.
Tai Chi in Hong Kong
With hundreds of years of history behind it, tai chi — technically a Chinese martial art, but known for the meditative benefits of its gracefully choreographed movements — is performed in locations all over Hong Kong. See practitioners in action in public spaces like Victoria Park and Hong Kong Park, or head to the Hong Kong Tai Chi School, where you can sign up for workshops and classes.
Hong Kong film locations
Bruce Lee, Wong Kar-Wai, Jackie Chan: Hong Kong has produced many cinematic greats, from action stars to acclaimed directors. Get a taste of the city’s movie magic by scouting out some of its most famous film locations on your next trip. From the Tsing Shan Monastery (captured on screen in martial arts epic Enter the Dragon) to Victoria Harbour (immortalised in the Bond film Die Another Day), this beautiful city has enjoyed many star turns in front of the camera.
Hong Kong hikes
When you think of Hong Kong, skyscrapers might first come to mind — and yet, approximately 40% of this sprawling city consists of protected public parks. Explore Hong Kong’s abundance of green space with an enlivening hiking trip. From the Dragon’s Back (an 8.5-km path that’s been named the world’s best urban hiking trail) to the MacLehose Trail (which wends its way for 100km into the New Territories), there’s more than one way to stretch your legs.
Hong Kong shopping malls
Hong Kong’s many malls are about more than just shopping. These huge, air-conditioned complexes have no shortage of luxury outlets and designer boutiques, but they also have enough going on to keep you entertained for a full day out. From Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui (home to hundreds of shops, plenty of restaurants, cinemas, and more) to the IFC Mall (where you’ll find the Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant Tim Ho Wan, among other attractions), enjoy your retail therapy with a side of dining and entertainment.
Tai O Fishing Village
Few Hong Kong attractions are as fascinating and atmospheric as the Tai O Fishing Village. Built on stilts over the tidal flats of Lantau Island, the village is the last of its kind. Take in the local scenery, the lively seafood market, and the mountain views in the distance — and enjoy the feeling of having travelled back in time to a bygone era.