Well known for its modern, artful décor and contemporary design, Hotel ICON is a joy to explore. The vertical landscaped gardens, grand sweeping staircases and vibrant dining rooms offer a wonderful insight into the contemporary side of Hong Kong, with the standards of service equally well honed; it makes an ideal city base. Hotel ICON is a breath of fresh air amongst the rather detached nature of Hong Kong’s towering cityscape. For one it has some serious eco-credentials and a design built around a sophisticated naturalness, all in all giving it a youthful and affirming personality.
Standing tall, at 28-floors, this unique hotel is located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui East offering excellent access to the main sights and sounds of Kowloon as well as the option to retreat to a stunning spa, rooftop pool and panoramic bar once you’re ready to escape from the bustle of the city. Sky-high, open public spaces are filled with vibrant works of art and natural light, strikingly accessorized by the world’s largest vertical garden and a spectacular sweeping staircase.
There are 262 beautifully-appointed guest rooms (many with spectacular Harbor views) including 165 Rooms, 68 Above & Beyond Club Rooms, 26 Suites and 3 Prototype rooms. All the rooms are so perfectly insulated that you won’t hear a peep if the guests next door are busy celebrating whatever, which is just what we want while luxuriating in their signature bed. Around 80 percent of the bright, unfussy rooms have great views of the harbour and all of them have a complimentary minibar, Nespresso, free Wi-Fi and a Handy smartphone with free international calls to 25 countries.
This boutique property offers three restaurants, all designed by Terence Conran: GREEN, a café and tapas bar, Above & Beyond, which serves Cantonese cuisine and The Market, a super fun, authentic international buffet. There is also a wine bar, which is connected to three private dining rooms, one even offers a private kitchen, if you’d like to bring in your own chef.
The Angsana is their gem of a spa. Word is that the not-to-be- missed signature treatment here is the two-hour Bamboo Massage, which uses warm bamboo canes. It’s easy to stay with your work-out regime at the fantastic 24 hr. fitness center (filled with the state-if-the-art equipment and such killer views that before you know it you’ve run an extra mile on the treadmill) and the magnificent rooftop swimming pool is utterly magical.
Hotel ICON is located in Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, one of the city’s most convenient and exciting areas, at the hub of the highly efficient transportation network. Access is easy to key business addresses, glamorous shopping arcades, street markets, cultural heritage sites and entertainment complexes. Guests are never more than a few minutes away from the overwhelming majority of Hong Kong’s major attractions.
Finally this is a luxury Hong Kong hotel that takes a new look at hospitality. Hotel ICON is all about individuality and a celebration of Hong Kong’s finest. They’re passionate about local culture, art, design, fabulous food and a modern sparkle packaged up with perfect service. But they also have an undeniably international style and this is reflected throughout every aspect of service. It is what makes Hong Kong unique, the representation everywhere of different cultures. Yet, you’ll find the ambience here familiar and comfortable, the perfect balance of high style and traditional hospitality, exciting yet informal, responsive and passionate. This hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon reflects the true essence of Hong Kong.
ICON 36 City & Harbour
36 sqm, Ideal for the business travellers and leisure guests, ICON 36 hotel rooms are some of the most spacious and stylish in Hong Kong. Superbly equipped and elegantly designed, the mood is sophisticated, cool and professional. Work effortlessly in the cleverly designed workspace. Take in the entertainment system, sit back in your designer chair and chill out. Everything you need is at hand. The City View is breathtaking, capturing the dynamism of Kowloon. And the Harbour view over Hong Kong island is stunning, especially at night when the dazzling neon skyline bursts into life.
CLUB 36 City & Harbour
36 sqm, Luxuriously appointed, the Club 36 rooms feature contemporary, cosy wood interior design and amazing views across the Harbour and Kowloon. The mood is hyper-cool, professional and relaxed. Whether you’re in Hong Kong for business of pleasure, Club 36 rooms will exceed your expectations with Bluetooth speaker, powerbank, Blu-ray player and more. The spacious bathroom offers a deep soaking bathtub and separate walk-in rainshower. And you can also enjoy all the privileges of their lounge, Above & Beyond.
CLUB 38 Harbour
38 sqm, Club 38 Harbour Rooms are even more capacious. However, they also exude Hotel ICON’s contemporary design and style. If you need to work, ample workspace and storage is available. And when you need to wind down, you can watch a movie on the Blue-ray, listen to your favourite tunes or simply take in the dazzling vista. There’s also a spacious bathroom with deep soaking bathtub and separate walk-in rainshower. Guests can also enjoy all the privileges in their lounge Above & Beyond.
CLUB 65 Studio Suite
Exclusive and exceptional, the Club 65 Studio Suite offers an abundance of space. The suite is elegantly fitted with premium-quality furnishings and provides partial views of the Victoria Harbour, popular Tsim Sha Tsui district and surrounding mountains. 65 smq in size, these well-equipped and intelligently laid-out suites are ideal for longer stays. The generous bedroom is separated from the living room & walk-in closet and there are plenty of state-of-the-art entertainment options. Executive desk with Herman Miller task Chair, built-in multi-plug sockets, natural stone bathrooms with enclosed rainforest shower & oversize natural stone soaking tub.
CLUB 80 Harbour Suite
80 sqm, the CLUB 80 Harbour Suite offers the largest, most luxurious and impressive accommodation of Hotel ICON. Expect only the highest level of elegance, sophistication and luxury with Hotel ICON’s service. The suite commands magnificient 280 degree views of the Victoria Harbour, Kowloon district and beyond. Luxury one-bedroom suite with separate sitting room and walk-in closet. Full-size bath tub by the window, overlooking the Harbour and the city, executive desk with Herman Miller task chair & built-in plug sockets. King bed with custom imported linens, down comforters and pillows.
Designer Suite by Vivienne Tam
80 sqm, This Hong Kong suite was created by world renowned fashion designer and one of Hong Kong’s icons. The Designer Suite by Vivienne Tam offers stunning panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and a suite experience unlike any other. Personally curated by Vivienne Tam to exude her signature brand of “China chic”, the spacious bedroom with an adjoining living room provides privacy for work or entertaining in the grand style. Comprises a signature luxurious King bed, pillow menu with choice of down, feather & foam pillows. Bath tub & separate rain shower area.
Home to a range of award-winning treatments, Angsana Spa greets spa aficionados in the heart of Hong Kong city at Hotel ICON. Ideally situated in Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, the urban sanctuary is set minutes away from the city’s major attractions, glamorous shopping districts and business hub. Hotel ICON is an innovative property boasting contemporary design and breathtaking public spaces which complements the unique Angsana Spa experience. The spa features a fine selection of Asian-inspired therapies which places special emphasis on the use of natural ingredients such as native flowers and fruits. Be delighted by the range of sensory treats delivered by the intuitive touch of Angsana Spa therapists who were formally trained at Banyan Tree Spa Academies.
Open Air Heated Pool
Overlooking Hong Kong’s iconic harbour and skyline, there are few more inspiring places to keep fit with a few lengths. Set on a rooftop on Level 9, the heated swimming pool offers swimmers a relaxing, outdoor experience far from the madding crowd, providing infinite luxury and relaxation.
The 24hr harbour-facing fitness centre provides latest Technogym cardiovascular and weight training equipment. And the stunning panoramic view of Tsim Sha Tsui makes this one place you will enjoy working out.
It is just one example of how the Hotel ICON works hard to make sure that their guests are completely comfy at all times. Instead of being forced to wait at an impersonal, crowded airport because you’ve already checked out only to find out that your plane is delayed, you can totally chill out in supreme comfort in the relaxing Timeless Lounge. Offering complimentary snacks & refreshments & concierge to take care of your luggage, this lounge has everything you need to pass the time in style and luxury.
Meetings and Events
Whether you are planning a conference, a board meeting or a lavish private dinner, ICON provides perfect service, bespoke cuisine and cutting edge technology in several stylish settings. Allow their experienced events team to help you plan every detail to ensure your perfect experience.
Whether the dining style is a company celebration or small and intimate, Hotel ICON has the flexible space and dining options create the right ambiance every time. From the stylish sophistication of the intimate private dining rooms to the contemporary opulence of Ballroom, they have all the options to make the big day a stylish success.
For a fairytale wedding, traditional or contemporary, Hotel ICON features Hong Kong wedding venues and services that will ensure your special day is everything you ever wanted and more. They’ll make sure your day is unforgettable.
“Best Hospitality Company 2016 Hong Kong” – awarded by APAC Insider
“Pata Gold Award 2016” – awarded by Pacific Asia Travel Association
“Most Valued Awards 2016” – awarded by China Hospitality Technology Alliance
“Best Couples Treatment 2016” – awarded by Prestige
“Restaurant Awards of Excellence 2015” – for Above & Beyong, awarded by Wine Spectator
“U Favourite Food Awards 2015 – The Best Buffet” – awarded by U Magazine
“Best Chinese Restaurant 2014” – awarded by Hong Kong Tatler
Thinking Green by Hotel ICON:
Hotel ICON is reducing its carbon footprint even further with the introduction of a fully electric transportation fleet, consisting of Hong Kong’s first electric hotel shuttle bus, two Tesla Model S and a BMW i3. The 100%-electric, silent, smooth and emission-free vehicles deliver exhilarating yet eco-friendly rides and add to the hotel’s relentless pursuit of sustainable operations. The luxuriously-appointed eBus is equipped with leather seats with seatbelts, air purifiers and individual passenger lights. It whisks guests from Hotel ICON to Tsim Sha Tsui area on a half hourly basis from the hotel. Guests staying for two nights or more in an Above & Beyond ‘Club’ guestroom or suite can enjoy complimentary ICON’s Tesla airport transfers, while it also serves as a paid transfer option for other guests – a world class ride to a world class hotel, zero emissions with zero compromises. Charging stations will also be accessible for individual drivers of electric cars to recharge at the hotel. These groundbreaking electric vehicle initiatives further complement ‘Thinking Green’, Hotel ICON’s commitment to doing everything possible to benefit the planet and the community through sustainable operations. They join ongoing programs including:
Asia’s largest vertical garden
Designed by French botanist Patrick Blanc, Hotel ICON Is home to Asia’s largest indoor vertical garden. The garden is the most natural and eco-friendly way to produce and circulate fresh, pure oxygen. Located in the hotel lobby as the backdrop to the hotel’s casual café and bar, GREEN, the 18-metre tall vertical garden provides an unexpected respite from Hong Kong’s iconic concrete jungle. 8,603 plants across 71 species grow in the garden which is maintained by a team of green-fingered experts. Not restricted within the indoor vertical garden, greenery will soon extend to outdoor walls of restaurant outlet as part of another growing campaign. In addition, a green roof and landscaped garden further help to clean the air for guests and reduce energy for heating and cooling
Recycling and Food Donation
Recycling and looking for ways to reduce energy and product consumption are critical for Hotel ICON. Check-in is now paperless, which not only makes for a speedier and more efficient guest experience, but last year alone saved 2.39 tons of paper – equivalent to 40 trees. All waste, including glass and plastic bottles, aluminum cans and paper are recycled throughout the hotel and guests are given linen and towel change options. Even excess food doesn’t go to waste at Hotel ICON, as all surplus edible food from the kitchens is donated to Food Angels, an organisation that provides healthy food for local families in need.
Technology to save energy
As a leading hotel in the field of energy saving, Hotel ICON has been awarded the CarbonCare® Label by Carbon Care Asia Ltd which recognises the hotel’s work on reducing its carbon footprint. Hotel ICON cut C0² emissions and saved between 25-28% on energy consumption. This was achieved from the mass of plants housed within the indoor garden as well as by converting waste energy into cool or warm air (depending on the season) to heat the outdoor swimming pool year-round and the use of solar energy. The hotel’s design also allows for maximum use of natural ventilation and lighting. All electric lights use highly-efficient, LED light bulbs and when a space isn’t in use, sensors switch off all lights and other electrical functions to save as much energy as possible. Guests are also provided with a complimentary Hotel ICON tote bag, so that when shopping in and around Hong Kong, there’s no need to use plastic or non-recyclable bags. From simply saving a piece of paper to minimizing carbon footprint, it’s the little things at Hotel ICON that mean a lot when taken together. The hotel is fully-resourced as an international live lab to share experience and knowledge to benefit the hotel industry and consequently the community.
When to go:
The best time to visit Hong Kong is between October and December. This period boasts comfortable temperatures and reasonable room rates. After New Years, tourism picks up significantly, despite the lower temps, and leads to higher hotel prices and more crowds. Another sweet spot for affordable travel is the short spring. And while summer remains a popular time for tourists, the weather can be stiflingly hot and humid. Hong Kong will have just recovered from a long, hot summer and maybe even a typhoon. But don’t worry: The city’s pace never slows down. And from October to December, you’ll enjoy daytime temps in the 21°C with average room rates. However, steer clear of the first week of October, when many mainland Chinese tourists flood the city during this national holiday. While cool temperatures will discourage some travelers, others (particularly Chinese tourists) will flock to Hong Kong for the holidays. It’s important to know hotels will bump up the rates around the two New Years celebrations. Temps usually stay in the 15°C and low 21°C during the day. But note that your pictures from Victoria Peak may not come out perfectly as fog sweeps over the harbor the most during March. For travelers wishing to avoid both winter’s climate and summer’s humidity, spring is an exceptional time to visit, but the likelihood of fog lingers around till the end of April. During the spring, room rates are manageable, unless you hit the tourist wave that accompanies the national holidays. In the summer, Hong Kong is hot, muggy and typhoon-prone. The summer weather doesn’t dissuade travelers and depress hotel rates like it once did. So if you are looking for a bargain (or some dry weather), look elsewhere.
Above & Beyond
With stunning views of the Hong Kong skyline, Above & Beyond offers some of the city’s most lauded Cantonese cuisine from their experienced executive chef Paul Tsui. Whether you’re an expert or a novice in Chinese cuisine, the menu will reward with classic and contemporary dishes alike, while the wine list provides the perfect accompaniment to adventurous palates, with vintages from around the world. Add in their popular late night desserts from an award-winning patisserie chef, amazing teas, a private wine room, private dining and more to create the definitive destination for fans of Cantonese cuisine. The legendary British designer Sir Terence Conran was responsible for the overall design aesthetic at Above & Beyond, while few Hong Kong restaurants can match the contemporary Chinese art collection it features. Cheung Yee works mainly in red, the colour steeped in Chinese culture, reflected in his beautiful cast paper murals. Chow Chun Fai celebrates local neighbourhoods including Mongkok and Jordan in his enamels on canvas, while Korean artist Kim Sung Ho captures stunning cityscapes, notably a nighttime view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak.
Pastries, croissants & illy coffee in the café by morning give way to impeccable French Brasserie classics the rest of the day. GREEN is an especially sleek spot for adrink, under one of Asia’s largest vertical gardens designed by the world-famous botanist, Patrick Blanc. It’s a relaxing and welcoming space in the midst of a buzzing city. In addition to its jaw-dropping vertical garden, GREEN also celebrates Hong Kong, old and new. Around the bar metal shutters reflect the traditional look of Hong Kong’s shopfronts. An alumni of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the owner of Hotel ICON, artist Freeman Lau has won more than 300 awards for his work enhancing the identity of Hong Kong and his piece “City Confusion”, a beautiful stainless steel chair sculpture, also graces GREEN. Hung Keung’s remarkable “Dao gives birth to one” is an experimental digital media installation that centres on Daoism. Behind, William Lim’s sweeping staircase leads elegantly up to the first floor.
One of Hong Kong’s most renowned and popular restaurants, The Market’s open kitchens serve the world on a plate through a buffet of international classics from antipasti to laksas, curries to grilled meats, all freschly prepared by chefs who come from the respective countries they represent. The Marketis inspired by the iconic food markets of Asia and Europe with their vibrant atmosphere, tempting displays, enticing aromas and abundant fresh produce. With separate sections including a delicatessen, sashimi and sughi, Hong Kong, Eastern and Western cuisine, not to mention a breathtaking desserts selections, there’s something for everyone. For those special occasions, The Market’s private dining room seats 15 people in sleek comfort. Conran & Partners also designed The Market. Inspired by the iconic wet markets of Hong Kong, the market-style eatery features open kitchens and smooth tones, while the outdoor terrace with its comfortable sofas and tropical plants are the perfect al fresco retreat.
If you have been working up a sweat in the health club or just relaxing at the spa, take a refreshing break in the Pool Bar or out on the deck. A range of fruit juices, smoothies and healthy snacks are available, as well as the usual bar selection of beers, wines and spirits.
Hotel ICON is located in Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, one of the city’s most convenient and exciting areas, at the hub of the highly efficient transportation network. Access is easy to key business addresses, glamorous shopping arcades, street markets, cultural heritage sites and entertainment complexes. Guests of this Kowloon, Hong Kong hotel are never more than a few minutes away from the overwhelming majority of Hong Kong’s major attractions.
See the view from Victoria Peek – If there’s only one thing you must do in Hong Kong, it’s to take in the famous view from Victoria Peak, arguably the city’s most famous attraction. Rising 1,805 feet above sea level, the summit affords breathtaking views of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, Victoria Harbour, and, on very clear days, Kowloon’s eight mountains. There are several ways to reach the top, but the classic method is a seven-minute ride on the Peak Tram, the world’s steepest funicular railway. There’s an ongoing argument about whether the view is better during the day or at night, see both if you have the time and decide for yourself.
Charter a Junk Boat – A popular weekend activity for locals is to escape the city center by renting a “junk,” a term which used to apply to Chinese fishing boats but now refers to any motorized water vessel designed for leisure. But just because you’re a visitor doesn’t mean you can’t partake in this tradition. No matter what, riding a junk is a wonderful way to enjoy the water and see some places off the beaten path.
Hit the Street Markets – Just about anything you could ever want to buy can be found in Hong Kong’s lively street markets. Ladies’ Market, home to more than 100 stalls selling clothing and accessories, and the Temple Street Night Market, where you can find everything from noodles to watches, are the most famous. Elsewhere, Cat Street is known for antiques, Apliu Street Market is the place for electronics, and Fa Yuen Street is known as Sneakers Street. There are also dedicated markets for flowers, goldfish, birds, jade, kitchenware, and more.
Reach the Big Buddha – West of the city center lies the mountainous terrain of Lantau Island, home of the Tian Tan Buddha, a 202-ton statue of the deity. Commonly referred to as the “Big Buddha,” the massive bronze statue is the main attraction here, but there are some other touristy attractions nearby that you can skip. The best way to get to the Big Buddha is to hop on the Ngong Ping 360 gondola, which offers impressive views of North Lantau Country Park, Hong Kong International Airport, the South China Sea, and the surrounding countryside.
Hiking – Hong Kong is often regarded as a city of skyscrapers and shopping malls, but it offers remarkable hiking options for active locals and visitors. Stretching for 31 miles, the Hong Kong Trail cuts through five country parks on Hong Kong Island, the most popular portion of which is known as the Dragon’s Back. The highlight of this hike is reaching Shek O Peak, from where you can enjoy 360-degree views of beaches, bays, verdant countryside, waterfront communities, and the South China Sea. The shortest version of this hike can be completed in less than two hours, though you could extend it to six hours if you wanted to start from Happy Valley and make your way south.
Visit Temples – For all its fast-paced modernity, Hong Kong is still home to historic religious sites that pre-date the British occupation. Man Mo Temple is the oldest in the city, and it is dedicated to the Taoist gods of literature (Man) and war (Mo). Anyone is welcome to visit, but true believers come here to leave offerings and burn incense, while fortune tellers (who are highly regarded in Hong Kong) sit in front awaiting customers. If you want to be dazzled, head to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in the New Territories, where 500 life-size golden Buddhas sit on either side of the 400 steps you’ll climb to reach the temple. Inside the main temple, there are nearly 13.000 gilded ceramic statuettes, even more than the temple’s name promises.
Enjoy the Beach – Less than an hour from the city center, you’ll find some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches, which can be reached by taxi, boat, or public transportation. Unlike many beach destinations, Hong Kong is home to many different types of beaches, so there really is something for everyone, from surfers to families to party animals. Shek O is undoubtedly one of the most popular options, along with stretches of sand in Stanley and surrounding Repulse Bay. For a more secluded experience, head to pristine Tai Long Wan on the eastern coast of Sai Kung Peninsula, considered to be one of the most beautiful places in all of Hong Kong.
Shopping – There’s a reason mainland Chinese cross the border to visit Hong Kong, and it’s all about shopping. From the high-end designer stores crowding lower Kowloon and Central to the mazelike malls of Causeway Bay to the seedy environs of Chungking Mansions on Nathan Road, shopping is an important part of Hong Kong’s heartbeat. For one-stop shopping, make your way to Times Square, a gargantuan, twelve-story mall where stores are organized thematically. If time permits, a visit to one of Hong Kong’s tailors is worth it to buy a garment that’s customized for you.
Explore the Islands – Hong Kong is more than a city, it’s an entire region, a Special Administrative Region (SAR) if you want to get technical about it. The SAR is home to 260 islands, each one offering something different to those who choose to venture off the beaten path. Peng Chau and Cheung Chau, both located between Hong Kong Island and Lamma Island, are popular options, and they and many other islands can be reached by ferry from the city center. One of the highlights of visiting these smaller islands is dining in fishing villages, where you can select your meal from the catch of the day. Because the islands are so different, be sure to do your research rather than pick one at random off the map.
So you’re heading in Hong Kong, you’ve mapped out your must-see galleries and chosen which parties to attend over your stay but have you considered what to do during down times? With a city as big and exciting as Hong Kong, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when trying to navigate your way through it. Instead of relying on typical guidebooks, we put together a list of seven off-the-tourist-path attractions, restaurants and activities to experience while in the Pearl of the Orient.
Hiking – Tai Long Wan Beach and Waterfalls
Tai Long Wan Beach (picture above) is one of Hong Kong’s best kept secrets and can only be reached by foot. It is located in what is known as the New Territories and is a beautiful break from the city’s concrete jungle. To get there, take a taxi from Sai Kung to the Sai Wan pavilion (about 30 minutes), and from there, it’s about a strenuous one-hour hike to the beach. If hiking isn’t your cup of tea, the area can also be reached during weekends and some weekdays by speedboat from Sai Kung Pier for around Euro 176,00. There are four beach towns within the area, the southernmost is called Sai Wan and from there you can reach a picturesque waterfall and rock pool. Travelers Digest has great turn-by-turn directions. Once there, enjoy the fruits of your labor and swim in the fresh water pools or go cliff diving. Otherwise, head to Ham Tin which has two restaurants and surfboards for rent. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.
Music – Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Many visitors to Hong Kong will make time to check out the Cantonese opera. The traditional and much-loved art form is definitely one to include in your travels, however, for something new, check out the Hong Kong Philharmonic. The group puts on more than 150 performances a year and over the weekend will be offering Pictures at an Exhibition during the Swire Maestro Series. Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s much-loved piano piece arranged by French composer Ravel, depicts Russian fairy tales in 10 movements. Conducted by Hans Graf, Russian star violinist Dmitri Makhtin will join the league of exceptional performers to bring to life this orchestral work of art.
Dining – Peking Duck at Kowloon Tang
Enjoying Peking duck is pretty much a given. Although there are plenty of restaurants offering the infamous Beijing dish, Kowloon Tang is one of the city’s best and a local hotspot. Although it is inside a shopping mall, don’t be fooled by its location. Kowloon Tang is the only Michelin-starred eatery offering Chinese haute cuisine and Cantonese dishes. The restaurant brought in a Peking duck specialist from Beijing and 24-hour’s notice is required should you want to dine on the Asian dish. Kowloon serves the duck three ways (Euro 73,00): crispy skin served with a bowl of sugar, duck meat without skin alongside hoisin sauce and finally the traditional offering. The latter boasts a rich golden surface and a sweet, melt-in-your-mouth taste.
Film – Broadway Cinematheque
One of the quirkiest movie theaters in Hong Kong, Broadway Cinematheque is found inside a private housing estate in Yau Ma Tei. It is considered one of the best spots for avid cinephiles to fulfill their film cravings since it plays non-mainstream flicks. Along with its range of diverse range of films each week, the venue also hosts a number of festivals such as the Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Asian Film Festival, and the Korean Film Festival. Because of this it has become a local cultural landmark. Over the years, the art house has also introduced movie goers to filmmakers such as Yamada Yoji, Krzysztof Kieślowski and François Truffaut through retrospective programming.
Shopping – Blanc de Chine
Tourists are quick to head to Shanghai Tang for their retail needs. But in-the-know fashionistas prefer to find their couture at the locally-renowned boutique Blanc de Chine. The flagship specializes in women’s silk dresses and men’s jackets, either off-the-rack or made-to-measure. The brand boasts a loyal international following which includes Michelle Yeoh, Eva Longoria, Chris Tucker and Juliette Binoche. Blanc’s styles feature modern interpretations of the cheongsam and introduce the virtues of Zen Buddhism into its east-meets-west, minimalist designs. A sequined gown will take about four weeks to complete, including a fitting, and can be shipped once done. Prices range from Euro 440,00 for accessories to Euro 17.600,00 for embellished dresses.
Drinking – Circle Tower
One way to meet the locals is to share a conversation over drinks. Located within Causeway Bay (a shopping mecca), this vertical bar complex is a favorite among residents and provides a unique way to bar crawl. The structure features over 20 bars (one to each floor) within its walls, so patrons never even have to leave the building to check out the next watering hole. One of its best bars is the 15th-floor Chocolate Bar owned by Model-turned-entrepreneur Jimmy Wong. The venue boasts floor-to-ceiling views of Times Square, decadent chocolate cocktails and premium Scotches.
Extreme Sports – Cheung Chau Windsurfing Center
On the weekends, you’ll find locals heading to the island of Cheung Chau. Tung Wan Beach is a windsurfing mecca and is home to Cheung Chau Windsurfing Center run by Olympic gold medalist Lee Lai Shan’s uncle. Shan-Shan, as she is affectionately known, brought home the city’s first gold medal from the 1996 Atlanta Games. Visitors can find her regularly chatting up guests at the center’s outdoor café or hanging out at her uncle’s shop. The center rents out surfing, windsurfing, SUP, kayaking and canoeing equipment as well as offering beginner classes. Windsurfing begins at Euro 79,00 per hour with a Euro 440,00 cash deposit for all rentals.
Where to stay
Hotel ICON, owned by Hong Kong Polytechnic University, is a 5-star property conveniently situated in Tsim Sha Tsui East within a short walk to the waterfront. From the hotel, Guests are only minutes away from attractions like Hong Kong Museum of History and Science Museum. The Hotel ICON is characterized by a combination of modern comfort and style, and includes 262 beautifully-appointed guest rooms, including 165 rooms, 68 Above & Beyond club rooms, 26 suites and 3 prototype rooms. The rooms are spacious and stylish, and the majority provide spectacular views of Victoria Harbour. For business travelers the hotel offers a conference room to organize their meetings or conferences with seating up to 500 persons. The dining options includes three restaurants that offer dished of Eastern and Western cuisine. At leisure, guests can workout at a health club, swim at a heated swimming pool or relax at spa. With traditional Asian hospitality and modern comfort in mind, Hotel ICON is ideal for the business or leisure travelers.