Oct 12, 2017
Soak in the vibrant art scene, go hiking, tuck into delicious food and shop till you drop in the city.
Hong Kong has more to offer than just good food and shopping. It is also an Asian art capital that has seen a boom in art galleries, auctions and international exhibitions in recent years.
Famous as the most vertical city in the world where everyone is constantly fighting for space, travellers need only look upwards when searching for good eats. But what is wonderful about this compact metropolis is that to get in a good hike, there is no need to leave the city.
For those looking to spend a weekend in Hong Kong, here’s how you can make the most of a short adventure.
Ride the world’s longest outdoor escalator
Access the Central to Mid-Levels escalator (above) from Queen’s Road Central in Central district. On the way up, you will see plenty of restaurants and shops and pass through the city’s oldest street market in Graham Street. The free 20-minute ride will also take you to Shelley Street, which is part of the Soho entertainment district, a haven for pub crawlers.
The covered escalator system, which stretches over 800m and rises up to 135m, takes you up to Mid-Levels from 10am to midnight daily. It is made up of 20 escalators connected by footbridges and has 14 entrances and exits. In the morning, it takes people down.
Where: From Queen’s Road Central, Central
Walk down old streets
Exit the escalator at Hollywood Road, where you will see the former Central Police Station and Victoria Prison. Walk up Old Bailey Street to take in the view of the former prison or walk down Hollywood Road to soak up the vibrant art scene.
Dozens of antique shops and art galleries line Hollywood Road, the second road to be built when the British colony of Hong Kong was founded in 1842. Here, you will also find Man Mo Temple (above) – one of Hong Kong’s oldest. The God of Literature and the God of War are worshipped in this temple, which was built in 1847. Students like to pray here for success in their examinations.
Where: Man Mo Temple, 124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan