Hong Kong Has More Hidden Gems Waiting To Be Discovered, And These Influencers Can Vouch For It
Advertising director Patrick Martin and interior designer Nix Alanon share how they indulge in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong—the one destination we all wish we could go back to in the near future. Prior to the pandemic, traveling to Asia’s World City has always been memorable, no matter how many times you’ve been to HK. We can all agree that there’s always something new to discover and experience in Hong Kong—from hidden holes-in-the-wall to stunning landscapes that you wouldn’t have guessed were parts of the sprawling urban region.
To help you get the most out of your next trip to Hong Kong and to prevent being overwhelmed with all of the things to do and ground to cover, advertising director Patrick Martin and interior designer Nix Alañon—two influential wayfarers who have frequented the country in recent years—share with us how they indulge in HK, including hidden gems that many tourists have yet to discover.
Take in the view
Whatever your preferences are when it comes to landscapes, from natural wonders to inspiring urban design, Hong Kong has something for you. For Nix, the latter is particularly awe-inspiring.
“From retail to hospitality spaces, HK is at the forefront of commercial design and I always look forward to getting inspired each time I come to the city,” shares Nix. When he visited the city with his entire design team, they came back to the Philippines energized and very much inspired.
Both Nix and Patrick were enraptured by the mesmerizing natural landscapes that can be found in Hong Kong, particularly from hiking the Dragon’s Back and Lion Rock.
“I climbed Lion Rock twice in one day—one during sunrise, and one during sunset. It was very random, but I knew that going there in those two magical hours of the day will give me two very different experiences, and it didn’t disappoint,” shares Patrick, adding that for Dragon’s Back, hiking is best done in the morning and while wearing a windbreaker since it can get a little chilly.
For those looking to experience a part of Hong Kong that offers a seamless blend of the old with the new, Patrick recommends a trip to Sheung Wan. Visit temples, antique stores, and art galleries while marveling at the preserved heritage of one of Hong Kong’s earliest settlements. While you're there, make sure to swing by Contemporary by Angela Li, one of HK's top galleries for contemporary art!
Allow yourself to be surprised
Ask the millions of people that have been to Hong Kong about the best part of their trip and you’ll get a variety of answers. You can go through the first-time tourist route and have the most awesome experience, or go off the beaten path and discover another side of Hong Kong that you’ve never imagined to exist.
For Nix and Patrick, however, Hong Kong is at its best when visitors are prepared and spontaneous at the same time.
“Research on places ahead of your trip so you can plan your days, accommodations, and budgets accordingly. Outfits included!” quips Nix, “At the same time, my mantra in HK is to just go with the flow and indulge in every experience.”
“Hong Kong is a destination that is full of surprises, and you’ll never get bored as it has a lot to offer,” adds Patrick.
The verdict: Plan your Hong Kong trip accordingly, but also be prepared to go off-script. Whether you're planning to go back or visit Hong Kong for the first time, the idea of having an abundance of choices is something every tourist always looks forward to.
For more indulgent experiences in Hong Kong, visit the Discover Hong Kong website. You can also watch the video below if you want to see Michelin star dining options for your next Hong Kong visit: