10 Reasons to Visit Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan destination where tradition and modernity collide to create a captivating journey.

It is the nexus of Asia where travellers enjoy the mesmerizing juxtaposition of old and new, a harmonious blend of luxury and humble finds. Explore the city’s vibrant streets and discover its diverse cultures, culinary excellence, and people.

Rediscover Hong Kong with the travel highlights curated by the Concierge of Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong.

1. Stay at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

Recognized with 30 Forbes stars for its exceptional services and boasting seven Michelin stars for its dining experiences, the Hotel stands as a culinary mecca and a destination. Recently renewed by Peter Remedios, 70 percent of its guest rooms and suites offer breath-taking 180-degree harbour views, taking full advantage of its superb location. With a zen-inspiring spa and a renowned World's 50 Best Bar, the Hotel is a landmark destination for guests seeking to immerse themselves in the vibrant heart of it all.

2. Discover Hong Kong’s unparalleled culinary scene

From traditional Cantonese delicacies to innovative fusion dishes, the city's low tax policies attract top culinary talents, resulting in a diverse range of dining experiences.  Featuring Michelin-starred restaurants, global ingredients, and renowned international chefs, Hong Kong offers something for every budget and taste, making it a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts. Hong Kong is home to 77 Michelin starred restaurants.

Within the Hotel’s walking distance is the Central Wet Market, an architectural landmark that has recently undergone a contemporary renovation.  The three-level establishment offers a unique experience, combining a boundary-less spatial experience, a green urban oasis and a curated heritage experience. With vendors paying tribute to the local heritage, collections of old-school souvenirs, and nostalgic Hong Kong street food are available to purchase there.

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong offers a special Street Food shopping cart experience that takes you to explore the Central Wet Market and its lively neighbourhood; it is a must-do tour activity that takes you on a mouthwatering food crawl through the vibrant streets of Hong Kong.  An array of delectable treats is prepared right before your eyes, and it’s a chance to not only savour delicious food but also gain insights into the local culture and culinary traditions.

3. Unveiling the extraordinary beverage scene

The city is a melting pot of diverse influences, resulting in a dynamic cocktail scene that constantly pushes boundaries.  From classic concoctions to avant-garde creations, bartenders in Hong Kong are known for their expertise and flair.

One standout establishment to explore is ARGO. Named one of the World’s 50 Best Bars, it is driven by innovation and shaped by the modern world.  With its renowned international acclaim, ARGO offers an exceptional experience. Step into this stylish and sophisticated venue, where skilled mixologists craft innovative and artfully presented drinks.

4. Delve into extraordinary cultural happenings

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Hong Kong's culture as you explore the intersection of feng shui and daily life.  Join the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong feng shui journey at Wong Tai Sin Temple, guided by feng shui expert Marco Cheung.  Explore the intricate world of temple geomancy, symbolism and popularity.

5. Capture unforgettable moments in a “Grammable” city

Sheung Wan is a neighbourhood in Hong Kong renowned for its captivating blend of East meets West architecture that imbues the area with a distinct and intriguing charm.

As you wander through the streets, pay a visit to a qipao rental store as part of the Hotel’s shopping cart experience. During the immersive journey, you can have the opportunity to try on vintage-style qipaos (or cheongsams).  Dressed in timeless elegance, you encounter the fascinating juxtaposition of traditional Chinese buildings and Western colonial structures, creating the perfect moment to capture.

6. Explore the city’s events

Journey through the vibrant events of the city, where a tapestry of experiences awaits.

Art Basel held around the end of March, beckons art enthusiasts worldwide to immerse themselves in a kaleidoscope of creativity.

Rugby Sevens usually takes place around April, an unmissable sports event where the world comes to play.  Feel the adrenaline surge as the thunderous clash of bodies and the roar of the crowd fills the air during the exhilarating rugby matches.

The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival is an annual celebration of epicurean delights by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.  It takes place at the Central Harbourfront normally for four days at the end of October each year.  You can expect a wide range of wine and food booths representing countries and regions from around the world.

Roll with the unique cityscape in Hong Kong Cyclothon, taking place also around late October.  Every year, thousands of enthusiastic riders enjoy a wind-breaking journey on closed roads through many infrastructure icons in the city.

As the end draws near, Hong Kong eagerly anticipates the return of Clockenflap.  As the sun sets, the city comes alive with the electrifying atmosphere of live music performances. It is not just a music festival; it’s a celebration of creativity, culture, and the collective spirit of the city.

7. Get swept up in Hong Kong’s traditions

In Hong Kong’s traditional festivities, ancient customs come alive, enveloping you in a world of cultural richness and joyous celebrations.  Join the locals as they celebrate in the awe-inspiring displays and time-honoured traditions that have been passed down through generations.

The Chinese New Year's Night parade is a signature celebration in town.  It brings people together to enjoy a world party like no other.  With magnificent floats and a lineup of performing groups, the performance brings the streets to life with its dazzling display.

Dragon Boat Festival unfolds a thrilling event that pays homage to a rich cultural heritage, watch as elaborately decorated dragon boats slice through the water, propelled by synchronised paddlers.

Every mid-autumn festival in late September, a blazing fire dragon comes alive as it traverses the streets and alleys of Tai Hang.  Renowned for its vibrant energy and cultural significance, the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance goes back to the 19th century and is officially listed as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage.

8. Escape to the city’s nature

At Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, you can enjoy the best of both worlds; luxurious accommodations in the heart of the city and easy access to the natural wonders that surround it.

Just steps away from the Hotel, begin your exploration by walking to the Victoria Harbour Promenade, featuring iconic spots such as the Hong Kong Observation Wheel, Star Ferry, Golden Bauhinia Square and more.

For those seeking a more invigorating experience, embark on a neighbourhood walk that takes around 30 minutes from the Hotel, and ascends towards the iconic Peak Tram, the city’s highest vantage point.

You may also venture into the allure of the outlying islands, conveniently accessible from the Hotel.  Hop on a boat and set sail to these idyllic havens, each offering its unique charm.

9. Step into the nostalgic realm of Old Town Central

One of the oldest yet also most dynamic districts in Hong Kong - Old Town Central. Encompassing the sloped streets and small alleys, it encapsulates the city’s rich and diverse spirit. It is immensely walkable and brimming with attractions from heritage buildings and art institutions to local eats such as the iconic egg tarts, refreshing sugarcane juice and Hong Kong milk tea.

Let the nostalgia wash over you aboard Hong Kong’s iconic trams. These vintage vehicles, affectionately known as “dings-dings,” have been traversing the city’s streets for more than a century.

10. Let dreams take flight with your family at popular theme parks

Both Disneyland and Ocean Park offer a multitude of attractions and experiences suitable for visitors of all ages, from gentle rides and interactive exhibits designed for young children to heart-pounding roller coasters.  These family-friendly destinations ensure there’s something for everyone to enjoy.