When Hong Kong Goes to Sleep – How the Fun Continues After Sundown
- On November 10, 2016
- By Cez Krol
- In Places to visit
The modern and eclectic city of Hong Kong is a fantastic place to spend some time enjoying rich Chinese culture, great food, and beautiful city views. However, if you really want to get the most of your time in Hong Kong, you need to explore it by night. So what are the best night-time activities for visitors to Hong Kong? Here’s our top to-do list!
Visit Cheung Chau
Just a 40 minute ferry ride from Hong Kong, this hopping place is full of great activities during the day, but there’s even more to do at night!
Starting around 10:30, head to the pier to find a lively market full of fantastic street food to satisfy the midnight munchies. After that, make your way down to the beach and chill on the sand with friends. If you’re traveling with your significant other, the gentle sound of the waves and the glittering lights of Hong Kong in the distance make the beaches of Cheung Chau a wonderful romantic getaway!
If you’re looking for nightlife, Cheung Chau has it. Following the coastline, you’ll be able to find many relaxed bars, and places to sing karaoke. As you wander the shores, you’ll see whole families who live their lives on the boats moored in the harbor. To get back to Central Hong Kong, there’s a ferry that runs at 11:30pm and 2:20am.
Wander Street Markets in Kowloon
If you enjoy street markets during the day, you’ll be enchanted by the warm and intimate atmosphere that overtakes them at night. Start off at Nathan Road, where you’ll find large department stores, or follow the small streets that jut out on both sides and offer an eclectic local experience.
Wander westward and find the parallel running Shanghai Street, where you’ll encounter lovely food stalls that feature typical eats like dim sum, and tea houses. The average closing time in this area is midnight, but if you wander the innards of the Mongkok neighborhood you’ll find clothing stores, street food, and more open much later.
Heading south back towards the harbor, Temple Street Market is a well-known place to pass a lively and fun evening. Here you’ll find great trinkets and souvenirs, but be prepared to haggle! When this market is closing (around 11), you’ll find the nearby Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market is just opening up. This area is a great place to see at night and get into the action of buying and selling fruits into early morning hours!
Take in the Skyline and Light Show
From the promenade in Kowloon, you’ll have one of the most spectacular views of Hong Kong’s skyline. Lit up all through the night, the gorgeous twinkling lights will have you mesmerized for hours. And if you get to the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade by 8:00, you’ll be able to catch the Symphony of Lights, a fantastic light and sound show that lasts for 15 minutes and will absolutely astound you. Listen to the beautiful music as it drifts through the air, telling the story without words of this vibrant and culturally-charged city. Another way to see this light show is on the water. Take the Star Ferry or another light show cruise and catch this mesmerizing display from below in the harbor. After the light show finishes, make your way to V King Lounge for a drink to finish off the night, letting the beautiful views across the water be your evening’s backdrop.
If you’re looking for a diversion from the norm, then head to the harbor to catch your next meal! This option is a great idea for groups of friends visiting Hong Kong, or alternatively is a great way to make new friends! Squid and cuttlefish are exclusively fished at night, so go ahead and talk to a boat rental company to get this experience rolling! You’ll be given all the materials to fish your own dinner out of the waters of Victoria Bay. Once you’ve gotten your prize winning specimen, the crew of the boat will fry it up with garlic and soy sauce and you’ll have a lovely dinner on the water.
Of course, there is so much more to enjoy in Hong Kong, whether during the day or at night! Explore this beautiful city and you will learn more about the Chinese culture and the history that pervades this modern city.
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