2021 has finally arrived, and although many of us had high hopes that a new year would bring better tidings, but it doesn’t appear that much has changed (yet) since 2020. But, with vaccinations due to start after Chinese New Year, we live in hope that someday soon, we will be able to travel again. In the meantime, while we’re still enjoying everything Hong Kong has to offer, we’re making these new year resolutions.
Hong Kong is blessed with an abundance of stunning nature – not that us city-dwellers get amongst it much. This year, make it your mission to really explore the natural side of the city with all its exquisite hiking trails. There’s something for everyone, from trails with views to hikes to waterfalls where you can cool off with a swim. And, if you need some tips to get started, we’ve got your back.
Look, we’ll be honest – the pandemic has really put a damper on everyone’s love lives, especially if you’re single. But, if you are venturing into dating territory right now or are already coupled up, why not enjoy a free, fun date that’ll let you explore parts unknown? We’ve got some ideas…
It seems trite to say that businesses are struggling right now but…well…they are. Many businesses – small ones especially – have taken a huge hit amidst the pandemic; many are even on the brink of shutting down. As far as possible, support local and small businesses so they have a hope in hell of riding out this massive economic downturn. There are many ways to do this of course, from ordering delivery from your favorite restaurants while dine-in restrictions are in place, ordering activewear from your favorite local brands, cheering someone up with flowers from a local shop, or perhaps taking a yoga, barre or exercise class online with your favorite local studio.
With travel firmly at a standstill, many Hong Kong hotels are barely surviving right now. Unfortunately, things probably won’t get better until the borders reopen and Hong Kong begins accepting tourists again. But, in the meantime, you can do your bit for the local hospitality scene by booking the plentiful staycation packages that are currently available. And, with so many fantastic deals to be had at the best properties in town, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not treating yourself to a weekend of basking in luxury. Why not try sumptuous luxury at The St. Regis Hong Kong or newly opened The Hari Hong Kong or go for old-school elegance with The Peninsula Hong Kong?
Whether you’ve been in Hong Kong for a few months of many years, chances are that you stick to certain neighborhoods. While we can’t travel right now, you can still chase that feeling of adventure and wonder by heading to places and neighborhoods you don’t normally get to. The outlying islands are always a great day out, but even small neighborhoods closer to home might do the trick. Why not enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Sai Kung, the up-and-coming area of Tseung Kwan O, residential Yuen Long,
There honestly is no better city in the world for Chinese food than Hong Kong – especially when it comes to Cantonese food. So, while you’re stuck here, you may as well make the most of it by eating your way through the city’s best Cantonese restaurants and dumpling dives.
Hong Kong is gearing up to begin rolling out its COVID-19 vaccination program just after Chinese New Year. While many people have reservations, the reality is that this is the only way that we can begin trying to resume some semblance of normal life. So keep an eye out for the roll-out, and go ahead and get the vaccine when it’s your turn. In the meantime, wear a mask.