Hong Kong Highlights
Where else can you find the world’s most delectable Dim Sum (Michelin starred Tim Ho Wan of course), the most grandiose shopping, the most fervent clientele and the most alluring skyline that, come eight o’clock every evening, lights up in a scene that gives Vegas a run for its money? Why, it’s Hong Kong of course!
Whether I was taking the star ferry across the stately Victorian Harbour or hiking through a vivid green lush hillside on winding paved paths high up on The Peak (the view was nothing short of breathtaking…) I found myself in the moment. I was placed firmly where I knew hundreds of years of historic events have taken place leading up to the modern Hong Kong that I love so much today. From ancient grounds and holy shrines like Tian Tan Buddha and the Wong Tai Sin temple to some of the tallest buildings in the world (including the IFC and ICC) there started a fierce battle within me: To continue on with my explorations of the mountainous city scape, grab another delicious morsel to enjoy… or GO SHOPPING! You can guess where I went.
From the largest mall in Hong Kong on the Kowloon side, Harbour City, to any number of world class shops in Causeway Bay, including the very best from Europe and around the world, the shopping was… dangerous. I found myself staring at pieces that were only seen by the elite because Hong Kong and its booming economy can support that level of elegance. I could certainly get into trouble here.
But what I found most intriguing was the home grown Hong Kong fashion scene. Pristine style choices made by passing pedestrians would steal my gaze simply because of the level of thought that went into a single outfit. They were always immaculate and incredibly polished. I could tell that everyone researched which fashion pieces to invest in and which designers to follow. It was this local interest that led me to look inward and meet some very cool Hong Kong designers.
Six Lee and Michelle Lai of MISCHA handbags are designers from Hong Kong that flourish because of the demand for fashion that starts from Hong Kong and Mainland China. But these big designers aren’t the only ones making waves. Other local fashion designers get a head start at the Fashion Farm Foundation, which is an organization that takes young designers in, builds them up and then showcases them for the world to see on global stages including Paris, Milan, and soon, New York.
In short, Hong Kong was constantly amazing, with people bustling in every which direction, a million things to eat, see and do with me in the middle of it all. A whirlwind would be an understatement when describing my week-long stay in this world-class city. Next time I plan to stay few more weeks and bring you front row coverage of Hong Kong fashion week!
Hong Kong. Asia’s World City is a cosmopolitan of vibrancy, varieties & trendiness. Visitors will be amazed by the unique fusion of east meets west; the diversity of new and old; exquisite culinary experiences & fantastic shopping. Hong Kong offers Every Moment. A Different World. Discover Hong Kong!
Images by Matthew St. James