The Insiders’ Guide to the World’s Greatest Cities: Hong Kong

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A Victoria Harbour ferry ride.

City Guide: Hong Kong

Virtuoso travel advisors share their can’t-miss highlights in Hong Kong.

A dim sum spread and (below) server at Lung King Heen.

An array of cultural influences define this skyscraper-filled city. “Hong Kong’s openness to embrace the best from the rest of the world is what makes it great,” says Alvin Miu, a Virtuoso travel advisor who calls the city home. Take in Hong Kong’s melting pot at the dinner table: More than 60 Michelin-starred restaurants showcase everything from dim sum to fine French fare.
MUST-DO: “Take a nighttime ferry ride across Victoria Harbour,” Miu suggests. “Afterward, walk along the covered pedestrian walkways from the Central Piers to the Prince’s Building in Central Hong Kong.” 
SPEND A DAY: “I love the hustle and bustle of Central, as the Central Business District is known,” Miu says. “I live there because several parks, shopping malls, five-star hotels, and Michelin-starred restaurants are all within a ten-minute walk.”
DIG IN: “Find the best dim sum at Lung King Heen in the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong,” Miu says. “Ask the concierge for a table by the window for great Victoria Harbour views.”
SOAK IT UP: “Have drinks at Felix in The Peninsula Hong Kong in the Tsim Sha Tsui area of Kowloon,” Miu recommends. “While Victoria Peak is the city’s famous tourist viewpoint, those who frequent Hong Kong know that looking at the island from the Kowloon City side provides a much better view than looking out from Hong Kong Island itself.” 
PRO TIP: Head to Kowloon City, just across the harbor from Hong Kong Island. “You’ll find the shops and restaurants that locals line up for,” Miu says. “Wander through the markets and don’t leave without trying a beef goulash cake at Islam Food or an egg custard tart at Hoover Cake Shop.”
STAY: Wind down between meals at the 117-room Upper House – or work them off at one of the hotel’s complimentary weekend yoga classes or in-house bicycles for cruising the city. Virtuoso amenities include breakfast daily and a $100 hotel credit.
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Photos: Philipp Engelhorn