Friday, 30 October 2020

Hong Kong travel bubble: The best things to do

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With its panoramic harbour, bustling streets packed with all manner of eateries doling out mouth-watering treats and stunning natural attractions just a stone’s throw away from the city centre, Hong Kong is a destination that offers something for every visitor.

With the recent announcement that Singapore and Hong Kong have established an air travel bubble that will soon allow for leisure travel between the two locales, there’s no better time to start planning your next trip to the city.

Check out SilverKris’ series of Hong Kong city guides here. In this one, we highlight a few attractions to explore and places to shop ’til you drop.

Gorgeous views from the East Deck of sky100

Panoramic city views at sky100

sky100 is the perfect attraction for those who want to marvel at Hong Kong from high above. Located on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre, the city’s tallest building, it is the only indoor observation deck that offers 360-degree views of the territory and Victoria Harbour. Besides the breath-taking sights, you can also learn more about Hong Kong culture through exciting multimedia exhibits. Be sure to stop by Café 100, the world’s first observation deck F&B outlet operated by The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, for a unique sky-high dining experience. Conveniently located near numerous rail stations and in an exciting neighbourhood, this is the ideal first stop to begin your Hong Kong journey.

sky100.com.hk; +852 2613 3888

Made of Pearl offers gorgeous pearl jewellery

Shop unique jewellery at Made of Pearl

Searching for a special gift or wanting to treat yourself? Whether you’re after a delicate pair of pearl earrings or an elegant statement necklace, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Made of Pearl. The Hong Kong jewellery label specialises in exquisite pearl accessories made with quality craftsmanship. Established in 2015 by a team of industry experts, the company aims to create unique traditional and modern pieces that can be worn and loved by people of different generations. All pearls are sourced from the top 10% of each global pearl harvest; gold and silver of supreme quality are imported from international sources; and precious stones are purchased directly from their countries of origin.

madeofpearl.com; info@madeofpearl.com; +852 3741 1586

Hong Kong Bakery’s delectable cookies

Delicious baked goods at Hong Kong Bakery

For scrumptious baked goods that you can take back home with you as edible souvenirs, look no further than Hong Kong Bakery, which has several locations throughout the city, including at Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay and Jordan. The specialty here is their Little Bear Hong Kong Style cookies: crunchy bite-sized cookies that come in a colourful array of delectable flavours including original, chocolate, coffee, matcha and strawberry. The cookies are packaged in sturdy tin boxes with an adorable bear motif or iconic image of Hong Kong on the lid. Made using local ingredients wherever possible and classic French baking techniques, this is a unique treat that’s sure to please just about any palette.

hklittlebear.com; mail@littlebear.com; + 852 2366 5631 

Get a local’s perspective on Hong Kong with This is Asia Tours

Embark on a private tour with This is Asia Tours

Want to explore Hong Kong through a local’s eyes while avoiding the tourist crowds? For an insider’s guide to the locale via a private guided tour that prioritises safety and social-distancing measures, check out This is Asia Tours. Catering for groups of up to six people, it offers intimate, tailored itineraries that will give you an in-depth perspective on the city. Singaporean foodies can head straight for the half-day food tour: potential stops along the way include having dim sum at Lin Heung Tea House and sampling traditional pastries at Kee Tsui Cake Shop. Alternatively, you can head to Lantau Island to explore the Big Buddha statue and Kwan Tai Temple. The company also offers airport transfers.

thisisasiatours.com; thisisasiatours@gmail.com ; +852 6534 4367

There’s plenty of fun to be had at the Hong Kong Observation Wheel

360° of fun at the Hong Kong Observation Wheel

For amazing views and a fun experience all rolled into one, check out the Hong Kong Observation Wheel (HKOW). Situated in the heart of Central Harbourfront, it offers breath-taking, unobstructed views of both sides of Victoria Harbour. After your ride, you can check out the other attractions at the surrounding AIA Vitality Park. Take a spin on the classic carousel; experience the vibrant wellness-focused event space where daily health and fitness activities take place; and grab a tasty bite to eat at one of the food and beverage outlets. A ride on the HKOW costs just HK$20 for adult tickets and HK$10 for child and concession tickets for a 15 minute ride – making it one of the best-value attractions in town.

hkow.hk; enquiries@hkow.hk; +852 2339 0777

Diamond ICQ retails elegant diamond jewellery

Impressive jewellery at Diamond ICQ

Looking for a rock that will truly impress? Visit Diamond ICQ’s elegant showroom and browse its extensive collection of rare GIA-certified diamonds. Diamond ICQ boasts a dazzling inventory of more than 10,000 stones and thousands of designer jewellery pieces to choose from. With the help of its in-house diamond experts, you are sure to find something you love. Choose from a selection that includes classic round-shaped diamonds and elegant emerald-shaped diamonds, and begin to build the ring, necklace or earrings of your dreams. When you’re investing in a piece of jewellery that will last you a lifetime, you want it to be just right. Book an appointment with Diamond ICQ to get started.

diamondicq.com; +852 9144 0003

Catch a dancy animation on two of Hong Kong’s most prominent screens

Massive “dance machine” on Sino Group’s harbour-front property to celebrate Christmas

Enjoying festive illuminations has been a long-standing tradition in Hong Kong. Head down to Tsim Sha Tsui East to check out an animation that is sure to spread joy to all. To mark this year’s festivities, Sino Group’s Hong Kong harbour-front shopping malls – Tsim Sha Sui Centre & Empire Centre – will turn their façades into a dynamic and eye-catching animation, creating the largest “dance machine” Hong Kong has ever seen. This will be achieved via a 4,000m² multimedia wall comprising of 82,000 LED lights. The animation will be screened in in the evening between 5 November 2020 and 1 January 2021 and can be enjoyed free of charge. Check out their website for ongoing promotions.

tsimshatsuicentre.com; +852 2721 5489

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