Travelling home to Hong Kong multiple times a year for holidays to reunite with family, sisters and university students Charlotte and Jennifer Lin encapsulate the best of urban powerhouse city of Hong Kong, taking in its irresistible energy in their curated city guide. The duo love fashion and art both in Sydney and Hong Kong, as echoed in their modern city guide.
What are the best hotels in Hong Kong?
Upper House - amazing view (especially the tub).
Mandarin Oriental - geographically convenient, of course shopping is essential to the Hong Kong experience.Murray - artistic interior and architecture design, it’s a perfect hideaway in the crowded city. Left: Murray Hotel, Right: Image by Charlotte & Jennifer Lin
What are your favourite dining experiences?
Mott 32 - fusion dining experience. The Peking roast duck is absolutely a must try.
Yingjee Club - my secret loving place to go. The Guifei Chicken is the best spatchcock I’ve ever tried in my life. It is divine.
What are the essential historic experiences?
Tai Kwun - an old police station heritage that renovated into a cultural centre with many exhibition and dining place. It’s a lovely place for a chill weekend.
And the top things to do culturally?
Visiting private and public galleries are favourite things to do. Highly recommend walking along the Hollywood Rd and Queens Rd in Central. Two of the galleries I usually go to are Gagosian in Pedder Building and Liangyi Museum on Hollywood Rd.
Looking for a short escape from city life? I always go to the Zoological & Botanical Gardens instead of Hong Kong Park. It is a quiet place which not many people. Letting yourself go in the forest and surrounds to the sound of birds, it’s an absolute a cure for an exhausted mind. West Kowloon Cultural District is a new park that recently finished in 2018, with the M+ Museum. It has amazing lawn and it is the place I would recommend for a weekend picnic. Left: Botanical Gardens, Right: Image by Charlotte & Jennifer Lin
The best precincts or suburbs to go to?Sheung Wan - one of my favourite things to do is to explore secret cafes around the street corner.
Left: Sheung Wan, Right: Image by Charlotte & Jennifer Lin
What is Hong Kong’s most luxurious experiences?
Infrared Sauna at Dr Lauren Bramley and Partners. Give your whole body a detox treatment. It rejuvenated the skin and leaves a perfect post sauna glow. It’s a saver for bloated PMS days.
What is unique to Hong Kong?
The city itself is the mix of everything. No matter what cultural backgrounds or where you’re from, everyone can find something special to themselves in there. It’s a lively city with freshness every single day.
Do you have any insider tips?
Wear flats or kitten hills! Hong Kong’s streets are definitely not heel-friendly, unless you are grabbing a taxi. Otherwise please wear flats or you are going to need a solid good foot massage at the end of day. Don’t be afraid to wander around and let yourself get lost in the city. It always surprises you with different findings. Also, I believe that the best way to measure a city is by your feet! Always bring dry-shampoo when you travel to Hong Kong! The humidity will drive you crazy! Advice from a girl with flat hair. Charlotte & Jennifer Lin
What is the best time to travel?
My favourite time of the year is Christmas and Chinese New Year, the decoration and the city vibe are absolutely amazing and romantic. I personally suggest anytime though out of the year except the middle of summer (June & July), it is just too hot with the humid weather.
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