Can’t get enough of being on the water in Hong Kong? Neither can we! At midday, join local commuters on a Star Ferry ride from Central or Wanchai to Kowloon ($2.50 HKD on weekdays and $3.4 on Saturdays and holidays). A historical tidbit: These seafaring workhorses have been shuttling Hongkongers across Victoria Harbour since 1898. Pick a seat on the upper deck with reversible benches for unobstructed views. The eight-minute ride goes pretty quickly, so have your camera at the ready. Back on terra firma, in Tsim Sha Tsui, find your way to the Silvercord shopping mall (about a seven-minute walk on Canton Road). It’s home to a branch of Taiwanese chain Din Tai Fung and one of our favorite spots for a quick lunch. There’s always a line, especially during the lunch rush, because their xiao long bao (soup dumplings) are the stuff of legend: delicate, translucent skin; hot broth (don’t say we didn’t warn you); and delicious porky filling. Pair them with a couple of orders of the addictive chile-and-garlic inflected pickled cucumbers and a bottle of local Tsingtao beer, and all will be well in your world.
As you make your way past the finance district’s concrete jungle, aim for Pier no.7 - where Star Ferries departs. You’ll find it near the Observation Wheel as you walk down Man Kwong Street. On the mainland, head up Canton Road for Din Tai Fung.
STAR FERRY: +852-2367-7065; starferry.com.hk
DIN TAI FUNG: Shop 306,3/F, Silvercord, 30 Canton Rd.; +852-2730-6928; dintaifung.com.hk/