Hong Kong – a city that works hard and plays hard. By day it’s a bustling metropolis of international business. At night it transforms into a brightly lit playground with a dazzling array of choice. With high-octane entertainment, a choice of superclubs and some superb restaurants, Hong Kong is a city that truly comes alive after dark.
Here’s what not to miss.
1) Symphony of Lights
Check out the world’s largest permanent light and sound show. Each night at 8pm, a stunning display of synchronised lights and music erupts on both sides of Victoria Harbour. Experience how the display captures the city’s energy, spirit and diversity. Head to the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront for the best view. A perfect way to start any evening in this incredible city.
2) Lan Kai Fong
Visit Hong Kong’s party capital – a compact square of streets in the centre of the city. Dip into a choice of bars, clubs and restaurants to check out what’s on offer. Kick off your night here and where you’ll end up is anyone’s guess. The focal point of Hong Kong nightlife.
3) Sky bars
In a city with a skyline as good as this, it makes sense to get up high and enjoy it. But for the best view, cross the harbour to Kowloon and chill out at one of the many sky bars, including Ozone, Aqua Spirit or Eyebar. Sip delicious cocktails as you gaze out over the spectacular lights of the city.
4) Hit the clubs
You’re spoiled for choice in one of the clubbing capitals of South East Asia. Most of the big names are found on Hong Kong Island around the Lan Kwai Fong district. Dance the night away at Magnum, Dragon-i and Bungalow – with clubs open until the small hours of the morning, especially at weekends.
5) Go on a night cruise
Hong Kong nightlife is not all about energetic fun. There are plenty more serene pleasures at your disposal. And perhaps none more peaceful than taking to the water on an evening cruise. Enjoy stunning views of the skyline and explore the harbour on a family-friendly boat trip. Or choose an option with free drinks for a more grown-up experience.
6) Temple Street Night Market
Hong Kong is famed for its markets but shopping is not strictly a daytime activity here in this 24 hour city. The Temple Street Night Market is the place to go to pick up a bargain – with everything from watches to electronic gadgets. Wander the brightly lit rows of stalls and even pop in to have your fortune told by one of the mystics here.
7) Happy Valley Races
Night race meets at the track are a big attraction. Place a small bet on a horse and try and pick a winner. Or simply enjoy the electric atmosphere of the floodlit track as they horses gallop around. There have been races here since 1846, and it’s where the city’s most glamorous folk hang out – with the champagne flowing in the private boxes.
8) Late night in Causeway Bay
Hong Kong’s hip youngsters love to hang out here in the evening, indulging in a spot of retail therapy. There are plenty of bars (both at ground level and on the rooftop) where you can sit and soak up the atmosphere if you’re all shopped out. Check out Inn Side Out, Hooray Bar and Dickens Bar for some lively fun.
By day or by night, Hong Kong is a city with plenty going on. Don’t be fooled by all the suits and sombre business attire, because when the sun goes down, the locals' hair gets let down with it. With a choice of adult and family-friendly fun, there’s something for everyone in Hong Kong at night.