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My5: TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN HONG KONG

By Andy Yang and Jack Tong, Apples and Bananas

The travel expert team from Apples and Bananas take a look at several fun activities to explore in Hong Kong, beginning with a rooftop excursion on the 210-feet high Observation Deck

Known as the Fashion Capital of the World, Hong Kong makes great sense for fashion-lovers of all ages. The fashion capital is the Hong Kong Tourism Board, offering more than 4,000 different shops and boutiques that you won’t find elsewhere in the world. A few popular destinations include the town of Foshan, along with Zaha Hadid’s futuristic Zaha Hadid and Gehry Paradise, where you can view 3D projection-mapped paintings. From local design and fashion to luxury watch and jewellery brands, there’s something for everyone. Not to mention, the Hong Kong International Gift Fair is held from March 7 to 8, showcasing more than 110,000 items from 15,000 brands at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Cantonese World theme restaurant, I Love Cantonese, has become the favourite spot for locals and visitors, especially during the New Year celebrations. Golden Dragon (Burstin Yee) and Cadenza are just two of the fabulous places to eat while people watch during the Hong Kong New Year celebrations. As with anything in Hong Kong, you’ll definitely want to show off your best moves for the crowds around you.

For those who are into art and design, HK Creative City is home to over 1,500 attractions and 220,000 pieces of art, fashion, and home decor, attracting over 10 million visitors annually. Just over the border in Shenzhen, China, there’s the one-of-a-kind Shenzhen Modern Gallery, which is on the UNESCO list of Memory of the World, displaying important pieces from some of the greatest photographers, designers, and architects of the 20th century. Shenzhen Modern Gallery, the biggest gallery in China, brings much-needed attention to Hong Kong’s rich history and culture as a new art hub in China.

For a break from shopping, take a ride on the 67-meter high Peak Railway, Hong Kong’s most iconic transport line since 1912. The best part about Peak Railway is the personal service from the tour guide – one train comes out at 9:05 a.m. on any weekday morning. When you’re sure you’ve made the right decision, try something different like rooftop jacuzzi on the Observation Deck.

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