2nd floor, No.375-377 King’s Rod, North Point. Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s multitude of wet markets are windows into a vivid and timeless world of food shopping that refuses to be extinguished by modern supermarkets.
Of all the wet markets in the city, none offer as grand an entrance as the Chun Yeung Market. Hop on an eastbound tram heading towards the North Point tram terminus and, without warning, you’ll swing off the broad King’s Road onto a narrow street which is lined on either side with buzzy stalls selling fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood. Experience the sights and sounds of old-school market business in full swing.
Across from Chun Yeung Street you will find Marble Road, an open-air bazaar selling a wide array of merchandise, from clothing to accessories and household items at reasonable prices. Pop by for a feel of what everyday shopping is like in the area, and don’t miss the streets nearby that are also lined with local stores.
Soho East is a gathering of waterfront pubs, cafes, restaurants and an art gallery in Lei King Wan, on the east side of Hong Kong Island. The atmosphere is relaxed as patrons dine alfresco and local residents walk their dogs along the waterfront.
Queen's Road East (QRE) in Wan Chai epitomizes Hong Kong’s fusion characteristics: it seamlessly blends ancient Chinese architecture and Western colonial buildings; Asian and international cuisine; quirky antique shops and luxury boutiques.
Amid this cultural mêlée sits shopping and dining complex The East, which is earning itself plaudits for its upmarket European restaurants and speciality Asian dining, including Hong Kong’s only revolving restaurant where diners can feast their eyes on the panoramic views while enjoying a tantalising buffet. The zone encompasses the Hopewell Centre, QRE Plaza, Wu Chung House and GARDENEast.
Sunbeam Theatre is one of Hong Kong’s most historic theaters, having been founded in 1972 by a troupe of Shanghai immigrants, and it’s renowned for its Chinese traditional art performances—Cantonese opera in particular. Many of the Cantonese opera stars of note will have trod these boards at one point in their careers, so you’ll certainly find authentic performances here, held most days of the week in its two auditoriums. Another unique theater venue with a proud history is the Fringe Club, one of the city’s foremost art spaces that’s been providing a platform for artists since 1984. There is always something creative going on here, so whether you’re after a Shakespeare rendition, a stand-up comedy show, a live music gig, an art exhibition or a poetry evening, then be sure to look up the Fringe Club’s events calendar while you’re here.
If you’re looking for a more active nighttime activity, then head out on the Bowen Road Fitness Trail. Positioned half way up to the Peak, this popular 4-kilometer-long running and walking trail is safe and well-lit at night, with lookout points that furnish vistas across to Kowloon and beyond. Mid-way along the route you’ll discover Lovers’ Rock, a boulder which is said to have the power to grant happy marriages. You’ll often find worshippers making a beeline for this pilgrimage site, which sits loftily above the city. Not only is this trail a great location for a spot of nighttime exercise, but you’ll also find memorable skyline views from here, minus the crowds.