What To Do In Hong Kong

Activities:

1. Victoria Peak - An absolute must-visit tourist attraction and the best view of Hong Kong! The shortest way to the top is the Peak Tram, although my lovely concierge at the Hotel Icon recommended I take a cab to the top (about $10 USD) to avoid insanely long tram lines, and take the Peak Tram on the way down (about $5 USD, and no line!). Boy, was I glad I took her advice. If you're not visiting HK during the hottest time of the year (like I did), you can also consider hiking to the peak.

2. Dim Sum Cooking Class - Whenever I'm in a new country, I find the best way to get to know a new cuisine is by attempting to cook it myself. So far, I've taken cooking classes in Italy and Morocco, but this dim sum class was definitely the most challenging cuisine so far! I have a newfound respect for the delicious dumplings I love stuffing in my mouth... and I had so much fun in the Hotel Icon kitchen with Chef Paul learning to make them.

3. Star Ferry - One of the cheapest transportation options in HK (about 30 cents in USD), and a really gorgeous way to see the city. I rode the Star Ferry once during the day, and also once at night when the skyline was illuminated. A beautiful and fun way to travel from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon side.

4. Big Buddha - Full disclosure: I didn't make it here this trip! The day I planned to go, it began to rain, so I decided against it. Next time! But it looks gorgeous, and you should definitely check out this giant Buddha and the surrounding temples.

Hotels:

1. Island Shangri-La - Timeless elegance and exceptional hospitality, with a great location near Central - there’s nothing quite like staying at the Shangri-La. I sipped hot tea in my silk robe and slippers, while taking in a gorgeous view of the Victoria Harbour. The hotel has great dining, such as Petrus (which I discussed above), and the award-winning cocktail bar, Lobster Bar. I also loved the Horizon Club floor with its constant buffets of delicious food and great wines.

2. Hotel Jen - A more budget friendly option from the Shangri-La group is the super cute "millennial-focused" Hotel Jen. The rooms have a minimalist, modern design with views of the harbor, but my favorite part was the rooftop pool deck! Hotel Jen is in a different part of town but still only a ten minute train ride to Central.

3. Hotel ICON - Try a new neighborhood and stay on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong! Hotel ICON is pure modern luxury - my room had the most insane view I’ve ever had from bed, the sweeping, sparkling skyline of Hong Kong. it was really hard to convince myself to get out of my robe and go into town, especially when a bottle of champagne and fresh macarons arrived at my door. Above & Beyond... dim sum cooking class... happy hour drinks & buffet... another incredible pool with the most insane view of the city. The loveliest staff who greeted me by name at every opportunity and made me feel right at home.

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