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Enchanting Hong Kong

By day or in the evening, take a moment to enjoy the many enchanting aspects of Hong Kong, a step beyond the crowds

Hong Kong is famous for being one of the world’s most global cities and all that entails: vibrant, dynamic, hyperkinetic energy, skyscrapers, busy streets and thronging crowds walking at breakneck speed. Yet, amidst all the frenzy, the city offers more than glimpses of an enchanting side that will charm and delight, and which won’t take you long to reach. Whether it’s a quiet and restful park in the heart of the city, a serene walk along a picturesque promenade, beautiful gardens, a quaint and peaceful island, a nice respite from your hectic sightseeing and an instant energy recharge is never far away. CityLife is happy to show you some of the most enchanting spots and things to do in Hong Kong. Relax and enjoy!

 

Enchanting Park –Hong Kong Park


Among the city's multitude of urban parks, for sheer solitude and relaxation, you can't beat Hong Kong Park, a sprawling urban space between Central and Admiralty, nestled among the skyscrapers. Nicely landscaped, with a large children's playground, the park contains the hidden treasure of a majestic aviary with a large collection of exotic birds. Chill in the park's gardens or check out its historical buildings, including the Flagstaff House Tea Ware Museum. An hour or two in this oasis and you are good to hit the town again .

 

Enchanting Garden –Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery


Located in the foothills of Lion Rock, Kowloon's most distinctive mountain, the Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery stand out for their tranquillity. Visitors find respite in the elegant Tang Dynasty–style architecture and the immaculately landscaped gardens and ponds. It's one of the city's most beautiful spots and a real hidden gem.

 

Enchanting Waterfront Walk – Promenade between Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay



There are so many waterfront walks to choose from. Our favourite is the one between Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay, a 20-minute stroll full of visual treats. Start at Deep Water Bay, you'll see luxury yachts and dinghies out on the water as you pass through a narrow channel past Middle Island. Ocean Park and its famed cable car ride stand out in the distance across the glimmering South China Sea. Before the path leads to Repulse Bay and its wide beach, you'll have a clear and panoramic view of the sands, the luxury high-rise buildings behind and the mountains beyond. You may want to check out the Kwun Yum Temple complex at the end of the beach or enjoy a nice afternoon tea at one of the beachfront dining outlets or the grand ole Verandah on the main road above – notable for its famous afternoon tea set, a most enchanting occasion indeed.

 

Enchanting Dinner – Peak Lookout


How about a romantic dinner at the Peak, Hong Kong's most famous tourist destination, and enjoy a lovely meal with splendid views of the hillsides below and islands beyond? That's exactly what you'll experience at the Peak Lookout, an elegant restaurant housed in a historic building. The terrace outside offers unimpeded view of Pok Fu Lam Reservoir and Aberdeen. To work up an appetite beforehand, take a stroll around the Peak Circle Walk which starts and ends right next to the restaurant and which offers spectacular views of Hong Kong in all directions along the way.

Enchanting Seafront – Quarry Bay Promenade



We suggest you visit this other favourite of ours during theearly evening. The waterfront promenade, which stretches from Quarry Bay to Sai Wan Ho in eastern Hong Kong Island, offers a quieter and more serene view of Victoria Harbour at night. Starting from Quarry Bay, a pet-walking area before the promenade is perfect for dog lovers. The promenade extends past Tai Koo Shing in the background, alongside a retired fireboat, the Alexander Grantham, and continues to Sai Wan Ho. The night views of Kowloon and the mountains behind as well as the narrow Lei Yue Mun pass ahead can be mesmerising. Enjoy a relaxing drink or dinner at one of the alfresco outlets in Soho East before you head back.

Enchanting Hike – Tai Tam Reservoirs

This is an easy walk if you start from Parkview on top of Wong Nai Chung Gap as the route is all downhill or flat. This delightful walk takes you through wooded hillsides framed by green mountains on all sides and tranquil reservoirs. Several stone arch bridges crossing the reservoirs are both architecturally beautiful and historically significant and are declared monuments. It's a perfect expedition for the whole family or for couples. The walk ends at Tai Tam Road where you can go to Stanley, another idyllic village not far away, or back into town, both accessible by frequent bus.

Enchanted Island – Peng Chau

There are so many delightful islands to choose from, although a few are well-trodden by tourists. Less so is Peng Chau, a quaint and homely island just off east Lantau, not far from Discovery Bay. A few thousand residents live here at a pace a notch down from even Chueng Chau or Lamma. It won't take long for you to catch the same vibe. There is an easy and enjoyable heritage trail, while a modest scamper up to the highest point, Finger Point, rewards you with 360-degree view of Lantau, Hong Kong Island and South China Sea. You can unwind and enjoy a simple but delicious seafood meal at the local restaurant on the way back. Take the ferry from Central Pier Number 6, there and back.
 

 

Edit on May 2, 2019

 

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