We asked Chef Concierge Hamson Tsui at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong to gather the savviest sight-seeing suggestions he could find—not just his own, but also those of other local connoisseurs, including some he works with every day at the Hotel. Hong Kong is a city of contrasts, towering skyscrapers and green spaces, islands and summit views, as well as Chinese and British culture.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
There is good reason why this dining-crazed city has been called the “World’s Fair of Food.” Start your day at Law Fu Kee for the best congee (rice porridge), the local’s breakfast. For lunch, head for Shatin to savour Hong Kong’s famed roast pigeons at Lung Wah Hotel. The city is most renowned for its seafood, so for an authentic dinner, hit Hee Kee.
Work Out Hong Kong–Style
With all the great cuisine, exercise is a good idea. Four Seasons offers complimentary weekend tai chi classes conducted by master William Ng, an energising start to your day. Outdoors, Hong Kong’s best-kept secret is its hundreds of miles of fantastic hiking, including the 100-kilometer (62-mile) MacLehose Trail.
Only in Hong Kong Shopping
Every major designer is found in this shopping paradise, but for locally unique objects try Blanc de Chine for traditional Chinese clothing and housewares. Shanghai Tang turns tradition into contemporary fashion, along with pop culture knick-knacks. Shanghai Street is the place for local kitchen items like steamers and handmade knives, while Hollywood Road offers quality Asian antiques.
From Sea Level to the Peak
For the two best—and completely different—views of this bustling city, ride the nine-minute Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour from Central to Kowloon. To see all of Hong Kong and its islands at one glance, ride the Peak Tram to the city’s highest point, Victoria Peak, and enjoy the circular walk around the summit. Ride the ferry again at night for another perspective, in the glow of the neon lights.