Hong Kong Highlights: Top 9 Must-See Places

PLAY IN HONG KONG

Diamante recommends these top nine places as must-see when you’re in Hong Kong.

Avenue of Stars

The ‘Avenue of Stars’ pays tribute to the names that helped make Hong Kong the ‘Hollywood of the East’, with more than a hundred celebrity hand prints along the path, this is a beautiful walk along the Harbor and just steps away from the Rosewood Hong Kong, featured in this diary entry.

Star Ferry

The Star Ferry Harbour Cruise has been faithfully carrying passengers from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back since 1888. The Star Ferry and the Tram are the two favorite public transportation options for locals in Hong Kong, not just because of their affordable prices but they also represent the local culture. 

Sky 100

The Sky 100 observation deck is located on the 100th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building, the International Commerce Center (ICC), the highest indoor observation deck in the city with remarkable 360-degree views of Victoria Harbour. 

Ladies Market

A well-known local market that provides a one-kilometer stretch with over 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs. The Ladies Market gets its name from the large amount of clothing and accessories for women of all ages, along with watches, cosmetics, bags, home furnishings, CD’s and trinkets. 

Temple Street Night Market

The Temple Street Night Market is a popular street bazaar, named after a Tin Hau temple located in the center of its main drag, and a place filled with local atmosphere. Trinkets, tea ware, electronics, watches, menswear, jade and antiques are all haggled over here, while clay-pot rice, seafood, noodles and many other varieties of cuisine are available on every corner. 

The Peak

The highest point on Hong Kong island, this area has been the city’s most exclusive neighborhood since colonial times, with panoramic views of the city’s spectacular skyline.  The Peak Tower has a large viewing platform, along with shopping and a variety of dining options. It’s about a 30 minute taxi from central Hong Kong, or a 10 minute walk from the Rosewood Hotel to access the Peak Tram.

Hollywood Road

The oldest road ever built in the history of Hong Kong, Hollywood Road is the best place to visit for art lovers, particularly for Chinese antiques. Sellers are happy to assist buyers in transporting large items internationally. 

Stanley Market

Located in the quaint village of Stanley on Hong Kong Island’s south coast, this is a popular destination for locals, expats, and tourists, known for its enormous selection of brand name clothing items, accessories, jewelry, home furnishings, and souvenirs sold at reasonable prices. 

Big Buddha

Sitting 34 meters high and facing north to look over the Chinese people, the Big Buddha is one of Hong Kong’s most majestic sites to visit. Located at the remote Po Lin Monastery, and hidden away by lush mountains, this incredible bronze Buddha attracts visitors from all over Asia. Be sure to climb the 268 steps to the top for a closer look at this remarkable statue, with views to the mountain and sea that can be seen from its base. The right hand of the Buddha is raised to deliver a blessing to all. The best way to get there is to take the tram, and make sure to request the glass bottom for amazing views all the way to the top until you are greeted by the Buddha.

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The Rosewood Hong Kong: Your Hong Kong Oasis

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EXPERIENCE

Soaring over Victoria Harbour, the newly renovated Rosewood Hong Kong is a center of gravity on the Kowloon waterfront; located centrally in the Victoria Dockside arts and design district. A warm welcome invites a stay of unparalleled comfort and genuine hospitality at the Hong Kong luxury hotel, inviting a feeling of going home. The hotel welcomes a sense of serenity in the hustle and bustle of the city, while providing a collective experience of Hong Kong culture with impeccable attention to detail and design that represents the essence of the city.

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The Rosewood philosophy is about creating a  sense of place, and their Hong Kong global flagship property has an exclusive, intimate feeling, as though you are returning home. Each property is infused with local culture, all unique in their own style and design of the place. The Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is owned by New World Development, a Hong Kong hotel-and-property company that's part of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, founded by the late Cheng Yu-tung, and now run by his granddaughter, Sonia Cheng, who is currently chief executive officer of the hotel, leading a team of seasoned industry professionals in the regional and international expansion of the brand. The Rosewood Hong Kong was designed by American architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, creating the 65-story exterior that pays homage to Hong Kong's verticality, which explains why the hotel is known as a "vertical estate".

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The Rosewood Hong Kong has 413 rooms and 93 suites, and with its prime location, over 80 percent of the rooms offer panoramic views of the Hong Kong skyline. Each guest room floor has a spacious welcome lounge area, intended to bring space into a busy place. Every floor has a different theme, intending to be a transition space, rather than entering the room immediately.  These lounge spaces also provide a private and personal location for guests to host or have meetings with clients in the remoteness of their own space. 

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Featuring a mix of fabrics and patterns, the interiors of Rosewood Hong Kong are designed by New York-based Taiwanese designer Tony Chi, who believes that a design experience should be invisible. The 127 lighting fixtures throughout the property create a beautiful natural light that emphasizes the feeling of ‘going home’. Each room has a luxurious yet warm and comfortable interior, where you could easily stay all day staring at the spawning skyline and watching the boats in the Harbour. The bathrooms are a work of art in themselves, with 8 point copper sinks, seasonal products and gorgeous mirrors and glassware. For longer-term stays, there are the Rosewood Residences—a collection of 186 luxury accommodations with a separate entrance and access to club facilities, including an indoor swimming pool and private gym.

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The Rosewood Hong Kong offers eight dining concepts, all of which have a balcony, with the emphasis on bringing the outside in. The restaurants include Holt's Cafe for elevated 'cha chaan tang' dining, The Legacy House for Cantonese fare and DarkSide for cigars and delicious unique after dinner cocktails. The Butterfly Room is the Rosewood Hong Kong's all-day lounge, and the Butterfly Patisserie showcases beautiful tiered cakes with artisanal gelatos and sorbets. The tea conservatory is located right next door, with an incredible variety and selection of teas to perfectly pair with the patisserie. The hotel's Manor Club executive lounge is located on the 40th floor, which offers guests VIP perks including all-day dining, a bar, game room and bespoke experiences. The Pavilion, the brand’s signature residential-style meeting and function space, hosts corporate events and is perfect for social celebrations.

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While the The Rosewood Hong Kong is a work of art in itself, the hotel also boasts an impressive collection of art, beginning with its first impression upon arriving, a 4.7-metre-long bronze sculpture at the top of the driveway by Henry Moore. Other standout pieces include a life-sized sculpture of an Indian elephant next to the lobby by Bharti Kher, covered in thousands of bindis, representing the complexities of life and its infinite possibilities.  The Butterfly Room lobby restaurant is home to several of Damien Hirst’s infamous butterfly-inspired pieces. The lobby is filled with Joe Bradly paintings which provide a powerful statement before entering the elevators. Limestone walls are throughout the property, which will create and represent a beautiful aging over time. In the Darkside bar, there are sand fixtures on the ceiling which rotate throughout the day and evening, representing the passing of time. 

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Not to be missed is the incredible Asaya wellness spa, with a holistic approach, where guests are guided to achieve their wellness goals through healthy eating and fitness programmes paired with alternative therapies. The gym provides incredible views of the city, with a variety of equipment and workout classes. The highlight of the spa is certainly the infinity pool overlooking the Hong Kong harbour and skyline, where one can float away staring into the infinity of this magical city.

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With all of its spectacular details and amenities, the greatest feature of the Rosewood Hong Kong is its incredible warmth and hospitality, and the successful creation of a place that truly feels like you are going home.