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  • Capture stunning pictures of Hong Kong by night

One of the most dramatic vistas of Hong Kong (hello, Instagram!) can be had by looking back at the skyline and Victoria Harbour from the Kowloon side at night. So, in the late afternoon, head across the harbor either by taxi or MTR (the Conrad is directly above Admiralty Station, and one stop on the red Tsuen Wan line will get you to Tsim Sha Tsui Station in Kowloon). Start off with some light shopping at Sogo, reachable by the well-marked underground tunnels from the MTR. There, you’ll find the only stand-alone boutique of Fiona Kotur. The New York transplant’s exquisite minaudières and red-carpet-worthy footwear are go-to’s for the glam set from Hong Kong to London to Los Angeles. Directly above ground is the waterfront precinct, where you can board a cocktail cruise on the Aqua Luna, a restored junk boat (traditional Chinese sailing vessel) for an elegant sunset glide across Victoria Harbour (yes, it’s a little touristy, but the pictures alone will be worth it). Insider tip: if you board on the Kowloon side for the 6:30 sailing, you’ll have your choice of seats on the deck or on the banquettes inside, before the boat pulls in to Central to pick up the remaining passengers at 6:45. The whole excursion lasts approximately 45 minutes; once back in TST, make sure to take in the nightly synchronized light and laser show from 40-plus buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour. The show lasts under 15 minutes so you can easily make that 8:30 dinner reservation!

​A quick trip to Tsim Sha Tsui Station will take you past Victoria Harbour and the Bay of Stars. Catch the incredible views as you take the scenic route back, walking down Nathan Road towards the striking grey dome of the Hong Kong Space Museum. Kotur can be found on the left at the corner of Middle Road.

​​KOTUR: Shop G-13B, Sogo Tsim Sha Tsui, 20 Nathan Rd.; +852-3911-1710; koturltd.com

AQUA LUNA: Tsim Sha Pier 1, Central Pier 9, Wanchai Public Pier or Hung Hom Public Pier; aqualuna.com.hk; sunset cruise $195 HKD