Discovering Hong Kong: a guide to living in the city

One of the most visited cities in the world, Hong Kong is a rich tapestry of cultures, histories and religions that has recently become one of the most vibrant business hubs in the world. Discover Hong Kong with thesqua.re this year. Considered by many as the gateway to Asia, Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan city that is densely populated. This consummately modern city is a business hub possesses enviable skyline that is studded with skyscrapers, as well as possessing a rich history.

Where to Stay

Although the most expensive part of the city, Central Hong Kong is the most popular district in the city due to its proximity to major business and tourist hubs in addition to its excellent transport links.

Across the bay from Hong Kong Island, Kowloon offers a comparatively serene ambience. Populated by fascinating street markets, accessible nightlife and a plethora of bars and restaurants.

What to see

One of Hong Kong’s most famous tourist locations, the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas, located at the foot of Sha Tin Mountain, contains in excess of 12,000 Buddhas that adorn the walls of this monastery. Local residents and tourists alike flood to the monks every day to seek advice and guidance.

For another spiritual expedition, visit Wong Tai Sin Temple, where you can have your fortune told before you wander through tranquil Chinese gardens and Confucian Hall. Victoria’s Peak is one of a few places in Hong Kong which feels like a tropical paradise. The best way to experience this is to take the Peak Tram from Garden Road in Central Terminal to the south of the island.

Parks

Hong Kong Park, the city’s largest park, is located in central Hong Kong. Often referred to as the Park, this 8 hectare space is the retreat of many local residents during the summer months.

Opened in 1991, the park is lined with verdant scenery and vegetation. The Zoological and Botanical Gardens, founded in 1871, is located at Victoria Peak. Containing a large number of birds, reptiles and rare plants, the Zoological and Botanical Gardens are worth visiting if you’re passing through Victoria Peak.

Where to go on an evening

Elegant and sophisticated, SoHo is a unique ensemble of Chinese and colonial architecture that is infused by contemporary tones. Hong Kong’s premier evening destination, SoHo features some of the city’s best bars, restaurants, art galleries and cafes.

Although slightly less refined than SoHo, Lan Kwai Fong has become the favourite evening destination of Hong Kong’s residents. With over 80 bars, there is a palpable buzz in Lan Kwai Fong during the weekends.

About the author: melanie