Sai Wan Swimming Shed photo by Gad0Gad0/Flickr
🙋🏽♂️Raise your hand if, like me, you’ve browsed exorbitantly priced Easter flights, eventually coming to the conclusion that it’s best to stay home? It would have been nice to have booked a getaway – yes. But hey, staying here in good, old Hong Kong isn’t dreadful either. After all, tons of people come here for Easter. Maybe what we need is to look at our beloved #HomeKong with a traveler’s mindset, instead, to spark curiosity and inspire wanderlust.
Easter in HK
Since we’ll not need to fly (woohoo, save on flights!) for this staycation, Step 1 is to book a hotel. ENTERTAINER Getaways is great place to start looking. With unbeatable discounts at over 550,000 local and international hotels instantly bookable on the #ENTERTAINERapp, we’re spoilt for choice. Have a look at the slide show below for a quick how-to.
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1. Open the ENTERTAINER App and tap the ‘suitcase’ icon.
2. Tap ‘Start Booking,’ type your destination (Hong Kong) and dates (Easter hols are from 19-22 April)
3. Start hotel hunting. Have fun!
My three personal favourites are Ovolo Southside in Wong Chuk Hang for its artsy graffiti flair; The Luxe Manor in TST for its surreal quirkiness; and The Murray on Cotton Tree Drive for its jaw dropping architecture. These hotels are are all visually interesting and provide endless opportunities to nourish your wellbeing and feed your Instagram.
To get a real good dose of “travel hits,” you’ll have to explore. Here are five awesome spots that’ll ensure you won’t get FOMO looking through your friends’ Easter travel updates because hey, you’ve got some of your own. Bonus: There’s no entrance fee on all these; admission is free.
I’m almost certain HK is the only city in the world with an “Instagram Pier.” This old cargo dock looks like it’s still a functioning container terminal, but industrial activity is limited enough to allow visitors to enjoy endless photo ops. Old lamp posts, cargo pallets, forklifts, bamboo scaffolding, and unobstructed views of Victoria Harbour – let your creativity run wild.
Address: Junction of Hill Road at Connaught Road West, Sai Wan
This restoration project was 10 years in the making and finally opened to the public almost a year ago. There’s plenty to see and do in this sprawling complex. The architecture is stunning and includes a new building by the renowned Swiss firm, Herzog & de Meuron. There are art and photography exhibitions, live music, guided tours… For a heritage site that has just opened, the offerings are certainly rich, varied and exciting – including the choices for food and beverage.
Address: 10 Hollywood Road
Nan Lian Garden
This Tang Dynasty-style garden boasts hills, water features, hundreds of bonsai trees, rocks, wooden structures, and an eye-popping golden pagoda called the “Pavilion of Absolute Perfection.” There’s plenty of eye candy here, including the stunning Long Man Lou waterfall, behind which sits a vegetarian restaurant. Make sure to drop by and enjoy a meal whilst being soothed by the sounds of water gently bouncing off rocks.
Address: It’s a short walk from the Diamond Hill MTR station – just follow the signs.
Sai Wan Swimming Shed
The views here are jaw dropping, particularly at sunset. Although it’s called a swimming shed, you’re actually discouraged from taking a dip because of the crashing waves, unpredictable conditions and the absence of a lifeguard. It’s Mother Nature at her most beautiful and volatile.
Address: Victoria Road, Mount Davis
Ngong Ping Rescue Trail
The hike up to world’s largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha can take 4 or more hours. When you’re tempted to take the 30-minute cable car ride, instead, ask yourself – would you rather be observing nature from a great distance up above, or be immersed within it? This is called the “rescue trail” because that’s its exact purpose. It was built as part of the cable car infrastructure in case – you know – something goes wrong with the cable cars. LOL. Along the way, you’ll be walking past a little stream, some seriously impressive wooden staircases, cable car towers… The views are breathtaking.
Address: Start from the Tung Chung MTR station.