Hong Kong always knows how to surprise you, and if you intend to visit for a weekend or longer, I have some tips that you might find useful.
My biggest and most pleasant surprise occurred when by an accident I got on a highwAy in Hong Kong. A car stopped and a guy shouted, “What are you doing here, you are on a highway! Get into our car, quickly!” Surprised, I obeyed and in the car I discovered a friendly young family who wanted to help a lost foreigner. They offered to drive me to a safe place! So, tip number one – people in Hong Kong are very friendly and caring!
I have visited this amazing city a number of times, but it surprises me every time. One of my visits occurred during their Octoberfest – Beertopia, which is a local beer tasting weekend and the biggest craft beer festival in Asia. This year it again took place on the Central Harbourfront, located near Central Ferry Pier # 10, which is easily accessible by MTR, bus or taxi. This festival started in 2012, and there you can try a lot of different beers there along with a variety of snacks and food from all around the world. New emerging beers are introduced here to the local and wider Chinese market. Music bands perform there as well. The square is full of people who enjoy music and beer tasting.
If you like beer, you might consider visiting in October.
Roof-garden of Asia Society in Hong Kong

In the roof-garden of the Asia Society Center

One of my recent discoveries in Hong Kong was the Asia Society Hong Kong Center. A good friend suggested that I visit one of the best exhibitions in Hong Kong at the end of the year – an exhibition titled, “Song of Spring: Pan Yu-Lin in Paris”. Here you can find works of Pan Yu-Lin, a Chinese female artist who studied in Shanghai and later in Lyon, and lived and painted in France. Her pieces of art represent an excellent fusion of European and Chinese style. It is also interesting that she is one of only a very few famous Chinese female artists. The exhibition is open until 6th of January, 2019. Admission is free of charge, and a visit is highly recommended. If you visit Hong Kong later, this center might have some other interesting attractions. They have film screenings, lectures, exhibits, etc. The venue itself is very nice, the view from the roof garden is fabulous, and they have a number of venues for cultural activities.
This center moved to this location in 2012, which was composed of four former British military buildings from mid-19thcentury.
The address of the Asia Society Center is:
9 Justice Drive Admiralty Hong Kong 亞洲協會香港中心 香港金鐘正義道九號 +852-2103-9511
Getting there:
• Admiralty Station, Exit C1 to Queensway Plaza
• Take the footbridge to Level 2, Pacific Place
• Take the escalator on the right all the way up to Supreme Court Road
• Turn left and follow the signs to the British Council and the British Consulate-General
• The Asia Society Hong Kong Center is located right across the street from the British Consulate-General

By Bus
• Bus stop outside Pacific Place, Admiralty
• Take the escalator up to Level 3, Pacific Place
• Take another escalator all the way up to Supreme Court Road
• Turn left and follow the signs to the British Council and the British Consulate-General
• The Asia Society Hong Kong Center is located right across the street from the British Consulate-General

By Taxi
• The drop-off point is the Asia Society Hong Kong Center main entrance on Justice Drive; or
• Get off at Conrad Hotel. The Asia Society Hong Kong Center is just a two-minute walk across the road; or
• Get off at the Hong Kong Electric Centre on Kennedy Road, walk through the pedestrian tunnel to the main entrance of Asia Society Hong Kong Center (about a four-minute walk).
*The Center does not have any parking facilities and no parking is allowed in the Center. The nearest carpark is in Pacific Place.
The center is closed on Mondays. Opening hours: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and closes late on the last Thursday of the month (8 p.m.).

In the Ocean Park Hong Kong

In the Ocean Park

If you visit Hong Kong with children, no doubt you will visit one of the most prominent theme parks in the world – Ocean Park. It is worth visiting, as you can see giant pandas there without going to Chengdu. If you are interested in seeing Australian koalas, which are a gift from the Australian Government, go to china – they have their own space in the park as well. At Ocean Park you can see Yangtze River alligators, watch a dolphin show, visit penguins and much more.


In the aquarium Hong Kong

In the Aquarium

And, of course, the huge aquarium! You will enjoy the feeling of walking on the bottom of the ocean and descending deeper and deeper until finally, you see all the fish swimming above you! It is impressive!

An old Hong Kong street

An old Hong Kong street

At Ocean Park you can feel the atmosphere of Hong Kong in the 1960s – you can wander down an old Hong Kong street and enjoy its architecture and mood.

Ocean Park provides enough attractions for an entire weekend – there are many activities including concerts, restaurants and much more. A Marriott hotel will soon be opening, providing an opportunity to stay in the park for several days.

You can get to Ocean Park by catching the Citybus Ocean Park bus (route 629) from Central just outside the Star Ferry terminal on the Hong Kong Island side or from the Admiralty (West) Bus Terminal just outside the Admiralty MTR Station; the price is HK$10.6 per adult.
It is highly recommended that you arrive early before the crowds (opening hours 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily), and buy your tickets in advance to avoid the queues. You can buy tickets at any 7-eleven convenience store or at Admiralty (West) Bus terminal. The ticket price is HK$320 for an adult and HK$160 for a child (3 – 11 years).
The park can get very crowded during weekends. For your convenience, there are luggage lockers at the entrance at a very reasonable price.

A massive bronze Buddha

A massive bronze Buddha

I would like to recommend a visit to the well-hidden Po Lin Monastery, which has a massive bronze Buddha.


The monastery was built on Lantau Island in 1906, and has an impressive Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas. The monastery was extended 2014,

To get there:

Take Lantau Bus No. 23 at the bus station outside Tung Chung MTR Station to Ngong Ping Bus Terminus (travelling time: about 45 minutes).
Take Ngong Ping Cable Car at the Cable Car Station outside Tung Chung MTR Station (travelling time: about 25 minutes); take an additional 10-minute walk to the Monastery.

Take the First Ferry from Central Pier to Mui Wo, and take Lantau Bus No.2 to Ngong Ping Bus Terminus (travelling time from Mui Wo to Ngong Ping is about 35 minutes).

Take Lantau Bus No. 21 at the bus stop in the Tai O to Ngong Ping Bus Terminus (travelling time is about 15 minutes).
Take a Lantau Island taxi.

Opening hours:
Tian Tian Big Buddha – Monday to Sunday – 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Po Lin Monastery – Monday to Sunday – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

And finally – a nice place for your weekend brunch! On the 27th floor of the Park Lane Hotel at SKYE restaurant you get a perfect brunch with a spectacular view to Victoria Harbour. You can choose a 4- course menu with free-flowing Prosecco or wine and freshly squeezed juices for a HK$550 + 10% per person. The food is a real creative culinary journey. I enjoyed the food immensely and the stunning view was amazing.

Tel.: +852 22938888.