Weekend getaways to Hong Kong from Jakarta: Here’s our ultimate travel guide of top things to do in Hong Kong for the year-end

November 29, 2017 Thalia Yanuar

If Mount Agung’s eruption is putting a damper on your upcoming long weekend plans or if you’re scrambling to find an end-of-year holiday alternative (some airlines are allowing free cancellations!), make a last-minute dash to the twinkling city of Hong Kong. The urban island may not be have the warm weather and sandy beaches you were hoping for, but with epic Christmas sales, festive city lights, and of course lots of dim-sum to be devoured, we’re making a case for Hong Kong this holiday.

Luxe design hotels for any kind of traveler

Hotel Icon in Tsim Sha Tsui is a design-led tranquil oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of this happening Kowloon neighbourhood. Here’s why our sisters at Honeycombers Hong Kong are raving about Hotel Icon.

Want to stay somewhere more central? They’ve also done up a handy guide to awesome hotels in Wan Chai. Whether you’re the sort of traveler who loves their five-star chains or want to stay in the hippest contemporary boutique hotels, we’ve got something for everyone.

Take a hike to Po Toi Country Trail which offers stunning nature views.

You’ll never be bored with plenty of HK happenings 

Take a hike! Hong Kong is a trail walker’s paradise, and nature is not something we’re used to in the concrete jungle of the Big Durian. Enjoy the stunning scenery, fiery orange sunsets, mystical pathways and jaw-dropping terrain. Make sure you pick a trail most suited to your fitness level (don’t try to be a hero!) and wear proper walking shoes.

If you love a good light show, Hong Kong’s A Symphony of Lights is one of the most stunning displays for the festive season. Kicking off 1 December, imagine rhythmic laser beams and coloured lights bouncing off 40 buildings on the Victoria Harbour. Now that’s a sight to behold.

Grew up with the Adventures of Tintin? Get up close and personal with your favourite adventurer at the World of Tintin exhibition taking place until 26 December! There’s even panel sessions discussing Tintin’s legacy, a keynote lecture by the world’s foremost ‘Tintinologist’ Michael Farr, and three pop-up shops selling Tintin memorabilia and more.

Here are more things happening in Hong Kong this December.

Fine dining restaurant VEA plates some of the most beautiful dishes in Hong Kong.

From street food to Michelin-starred fine dining, HK can dish up some serious eats

What is a visit to Hong Kong without a taste of the best dim-sum? From xiao long bao, cheong fun and haam sui gok, our Hong Kong insiders have dished up the best spots for dim sum in town.

Channel your inner tai-tai (don’t lie, we all have one inside us) and live in a lap of luxury at one of Hong Kong’s best fine dining restaurants. From Michelin-starred restaurants, to dining spots killing the plating game, find out where you can get your fill of uni, gold leaf and foie gras.

Hungry for more? Do not even think about leaving town without trying out some of the best street food in Hong Kong.

Temple Street Night Market is the perfect place to pick up gifts, souvenirs and jewellery in Hong Kong

HK is a shoppers paradise

Our favourite things to shop when traveling anywhere is anything we can’t get back here in Jakarta! Despite parts of town being notorious for red light nightlife, mainstream sex shops are still taboo in the Big Durian. So, if you’re in Hong Kong and want to add more fun in the bedroom, we suggest making a cheeky stop at one of these sex shops recommended by our sisters at Honeycombers Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is truly a shopper’s paradise, but for true colour and excitement head to the markets of Mong Kok, Kowloon. Nab a bargain at the Ladies’ Market, have a listen at the songbirds of Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, or peruse electrics at the electronic flea market. Who knows what you’ll find?

If you want to shop local fashion labels, sustainable kitchenware and unique jewellery, also do check out the PMQ.

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