Hong Kong After Dark: Kick off your Hong Kong tour as night falls with a visit to the Temple Street Night Market, where fortune tellers, street musicians, and souvenir sellers beckon. Once upon a time (before TV and internet), going to the markets after dinner was a popular Hong Kong evening pastime; the Temple Street Night Market is the only market left from those days, and is worth a visit not only for its arts and crafts and tech gadgets, but also for a bit of Hong Kong cultural nostalgia.
Next up, take a break from the market crowds with a trip to the park. Actually, make that a couple of parks, and yes, they’re even better at night. You’ll visit a local park that’s popular among the neighbourhood’s Nepalese and South Asian communities, then venture into the biggest park on the Kowloon peninsula. Get a taste of tranquility and serenity amid the lights and sound of the city (but beware the flamingos). After that, you’ll head to a secret lookout where you’ll get a spectacular view of the Hong Kong skyline. You’ll learn about the development of the city, including the still-under-construction West Kowloon Cultural District and the high-speed railway to mainland China.
After you take in the view, your Hong Kong tour will head to a dizzying street where major fashion brands claim the strip in multimillion-dollar flagship stores. (And if there’s a new handbag on the market, maybe you’ll join the throngs of people who queue up to buy the trends?)
Then, keep the luxe theme going with a visit to two Hong Kong legends: the Peninsula Hotel (bit of trivia for you: the Peninsula secured its fleet of Rolls Royce Phantoms with the largest order ever made in the history of Rolls Royce) and Chung King Mansion, which was named the ‘Best Example of Globalization in Action’ by Time magazine and has been dubbed the ‘most globalized building in the world’.
Finish your Hong Kong tour up with a stroll along the Kowloon waterfront to enjoy some sea breeze and check out the Avenue of Stars (Hong Kong’s version of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame) and the city’s cultural quarter.
And if you don’t want your night to end yet, ask your guide to recommend the best skyline bar in town, or take a ride across the harbour to Hong Kong Island. The night’s still young — trust us.
Duration: Three hours.
Start/opening time: At 8pm.
End/closing time: At 11pm.
Others: Drop off : Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier.