HOT DOWN - Summer in the City
Hong Kong Summers are notorious for the unbearable heat but there are so many ways to keep cool this season. From chilling in restaurants sipping on cold drinks, to shopping in air-conditioned world-class malls, to even heading outdoors and watching Boat Races, there's do much to do here in this city! Wondering where to go in Hong Kong? Read on!
Hong Kong Summers has officially arrived! There's no denying that summer in the Fragrant Harbour can be hot and sticky, but thankfully help is at hand with a brilliant range of options to beat the heat and allow you to see the city at its best. If you're wondering where to go in Hong Kong, or if you're curious about the things you can do Asia's World City, look no further! Check out the ultimate guide to where to go in Hong Kong for the summer.
“Most obviously, as Hong Kong is composed of 263 islands, we’re surrounded by water!”
as soon as you jump into the ocean..
A boat trip out on the iconic harbour brings natural air conditioning, be it in a converted junk, modern cruiser or even the venerable Star Ferry, plowing the waters since 1888. There’s no better way to see the city’s skylines with the waves and appreciate the thousands of skyscapers which make for such unique vistas.
Check out the Hong Kong summer festival- Dragon Boat!
The annual pilgrimage of Hong Kong is the Dragon Boat Festival, taking place every year in late June. Head over to Stanley and the Southside to appreciate this boisterous festival, taking in the sights and smells of freshly cooked rice dumplings and iced drinks. Here, you’ll see the amazing boat races that originated hundreds of years ago in China, with teams screaming and shouting as they prepare to cross the finishing line. Afterwards, enjoy a leisurely walk along the beaches and hidden trails in and around the Stanley Area and if you’ve got more time, head over to Stanley Village and Stanley Market. You’ll find all kinds of knick-knacks at this open-air flea market, as well as a ton of restaurants and seaside bars that will give you a way to beat the Hong Kong summer heat. Choose from restaurants like Beef and Liberty, Liu’s BBQ and Pizza Express.
Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminus in Central takes you to Stanley Main Beach
Stanley Beach Road; Stanley Village Road
Cooling down for the Hong Kong summer- head to a beach.
Beaches abound too, from the easy-going vibes and barbecue pit of South and Repulse Bay, the watersports of Cheung Chau island or the often-deserted beauty of Tai Long Wan, known as Big Wave Bay. Pristine sands, crisp waves and fresh currents, it's hard to believe you're in Hong Kong. The best beach, is of course, in Cheung Chau Island, where you can access the beach freely and set up your own games and volleyball courts. With some snack stalls and a couple of watersports equipment rental stores, you’re bound to have fun in this rural rustic respite away from the bustling city and urban life.
Tung Wan Beach, Cheung Chau
Central Pier No. 5 takes you to Cheung Chau
Where to go in Hong Kong for amazing shopping
If you’re not a water baby, then Hong Kong’s famous malls provide welcome respite through air-conditioned shopping comfort, meaning you needn’t break a sweat, other than looking at your credit card bill! Of course, another way to keep cool comes in the form of ice cold food and drinks, with no shortage of spots to get your gelati on or kick back with a beer or cool glass of Rosé. With a table al fresco, and maybe the help of a strategically-placed fan, there’s arguably no better way to survive summer in the city! The best mall in town is Harbour City, where you can do all of this, keeping cool and enjoying the view of Hong Kong, whilst still browsing some of your favourite fashion labels.
Address: Harbour City, 3 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Hours: 10 am–10 pm daily
MTR Tsim Sha Tsui, walk from Hotel Icon
Hong Kong Transport- the best in the world!
Hong Kong plays host to one of the best and most efficient transportation systems in the world, topping cities like Mumbai, New York and Tokyo. HOTEL ICON is situated in Tsim Sha Tsui, the bustling city centre of Hong Kong, connected to multiple transportation routes. To head to the airport, one can turn to the Kowloon Station Airport Express train under the iconic ICC building, which is accessible by free shuttle buses at HOTEL ICON. In addition, you’ll have access to the entire city network via the MTR railway, situated near HOTEL ICON via Tsim Sha Tsui Station. For the most modern, eco-friendly and luxury rides, select from HOTEL ICON’s stunning fleet that is committed to providing our guests comfortable chauffeured, smooth and pollution-free commutes. HOTEL ICON is the first hotel in Hong Kong to provide 100% electric transportation with our state-of-the-art electric bus, three Tesla S85 limos and the BMW i3. A complimentary electric shuttle bus service runs every 20 minutes to Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station and The Sun Arcade from 08:00 to 22:00. BOOK your chauffeured Tesla Model S at a special price of HK$700 / per hour (minimum 3 hours rental).
Wondering where to go in Hong Kong? Just book with HOTEL ICON!
Want to come and stay for a beautiful Hong Kong summer? Wondering where to stay? Book with Hotel ICON, a luxury 5-star hotel in the heart of Hong Kong. Located right in the heart of Hong Kong’s city centre in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hotel ICON houses hundreds of guest rooms and suites offering sweeping unobstructed views of Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and Victoria Harbour. In addition, the hotel features over 100 masterpieces of art. It is committed to sustainability, offering guests 100% electric in house transportation. You’ll find museums, world-class shopping malls, many restaurants and all sorts of heritage tourist attractions within walking distance from HOTEL ICON.