hong kong

  • Take a short but memorable trip across Victoria Harbour to Kowloon

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;

DIN TAI FUNG: Shop 306,3/F, Silvercord, 30 Canton Rd.; +852-2730-6928;