Most people don’t think of Hong Kong as an especially romantic destination. Many travelers are more likely to book flights to Hong Kong for business, where they will spend several days sequestered in an office without much time to explore the city’s attractions. Even those who have visited Hong Kong might be surprised to learn that the city has a lot to offer lovebirds and is considered one of the world’s more romantic cities.
Need proof? Consider some of these romantic highlights of the Chinese city.
The Peninsula Hotel
It might max out your budget, but a night or two at the legendary Peninsula Hotel is bound to arouse amorous emotions. Originally built in the 1920s as a luxury hotel — the original builders wanted the hotel to be the finest east of the Suez Canal — The Peninsula has maintained much of its colonial charm and remains one of the world’s finest hotels today. The art deco–style hotel offers spacious rooms with views of the harbour, a swimming pool surrounded by marble columns and a fleet of Rolls Royces ready to transport guests around the city. If the nightly rate is more than your wallet can bear, stop by The Peninsula in the late afternoon for High Tea, a traditional English tea experience that will transport you and your loved one to a time when the pace was slower and people still dressed up for dinner.
Speaking of dinner, one of the most popular romantic experiences in Hong Kong is dinner at Victoria Peak, the highest point of the city. Take the tram from the city to the top of the mountain, enjoying the stunning views of the city and harbour below as you climb to the top. Once you reach the top, dine at one of several restaurants—Café Deco is a favorite, with its floor-to-ceiling windows providing panoramic views of the city. If you have some cash to burn, consider reserving a helicopter tour of the peak instead of taking the tram; the tour soars over Hong Kong’s skyscrapers to deposit you at the top of the peak, providing a breathtaking experience and views.
If the helicopter tour makes your muscles a little tense, unwind with a couples massage at one of Hong Kong’s many legendary spas. Hong Kong’s spas are some of the best in the world, and the competition among them means that most make a concerted effort to be the most luxurious and relaxing experience possible. The spas at the Mandarin and Four Seasons hotels are the top-rated, but they are a bit of a splurge—but can you really put a price tag on romance?
Distinct Hong Kong Experiences
Amid the luxury of Hong Kong, there are some experiences that shouldn’t be missed; in fact, what is more romantic than making memories together in a new place?
- Take a stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade at the harbour and take in the free, nightly light show
- catch a movie at a drive-in theater in the Tsim Sha Tsui tourism district. No car? No worries. The drive-in’s owners have restored 1950s automobiles that guests can “borrow” as they sit under the stars.
- Take a short cruise on the Star Ferry to view the skyline from the water, or join the throngs of tourists and locals visiting Hong Kong park and the
- Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, where you can see hundreds of species of flora and fauna, many of them native to the region and not found anywhere else in the world.
So although you might be thinking about whisking away your loved one to a weekend on a tropical isle or a more traditionally romantic destination like Paris, don’t overlook a holiday in Hong Kong to rekindle the flames of your relationship. From luxurious hotels to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, you may just find that this Chinese city provides the spark you were looking for.
About The Author: Lana Kelleher is a travel writer from Sydney. Annually, she schedules a holiday in Hong Kong and always makes time to take High Tea at the Peninsula during her visits.
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