12 Perfect Ideas For Travellers Who Have Yet To Experience Winter In Hong Kong

Winter wonderlands, authentic hot pots, and more!

Hong Kong is the perfect destination for a big family reunion and vacation this New Year

Whether you're travelling with family and looking for fun kid-friendly activities, or want to party with friends during the New Year festivities, Hong Kong in the Winter is the absolute perfect reunion destination.

With the cool winter months between December to February, check out these 12 amazing things to eat, see, and experience:

Epic Once-in-a-Lifetime Family Experiences

1. Get a thrilling view beneath your feet when you ride the glass bottom cable cars at Ngong Ping 360

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For the most incredible view of the boundless sea and rolling hills, you have to ride the Crystal Cabin Cable Car at Nyong Ping 360.This exciting bird's eye view is definitely a memory you'll never forget! 

Meanwhile in December, you'll also get to enjoy live caroling and go ice-skating in the outdoor rink at the Snow Village.

Location: Village Square and Bodhi Square at Ngong Ping Village
Get more info at the website.

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2. Celebrate Christmas at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Disneyland is the happiest place on earth all year round, but during Winter, it transforms into something truly magical! Get your fill of yuletide carols, shimmering snowflakes, and the Christmas Ball with Mickey and Friends. 

Highlights include the Magical Twilight Snowfall and Make A Holiday Wish With Santa Goofy!

Date: 15 November 2018 - 1 January 2019
Location: Disneyland Hong Kong, Lantau Island
Get more info at the website.

3. Visit the highest point on Hong Kong island at The Peak

Hong Kong island is the city’s most exclusive neighbourhood. Enjoy stunning views of the city skyline at The Peak, especially during the New Year fireworks! Travel there in one of the world’s oldest and most famous funicular railways, on a tram that rises 396 metres above sea level.

Must-see vantage points include The Peak Tower, which has a viewing platform called Sky Terrace 428 and Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, as well as The Peak Galleria, which has a free-entry observation deck.

Address:
The Peak Tram Lower Terminus, 33 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong
Peak Tram operating times: 7am - Midnight
Get more info at the website.

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Delicious And Authentic Hong Kong Cuisine

4. Get the best claypot rice to warm you up during Winter

Hing Kee Restaurant serves up cheap, authentic local cuisine. If you’re a claypot fan, you’ll love the many mix-and-match options to keep your tastebuds satisfied.

Address: Hing Kee Restaurant, Yau Ma Tei Temple Street 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, Kowloon
Opening hours: 5pm-1am, Monday-Sunday

Meanwhile, Kwan Kee Claypot Rice is famous for its signature charcoal-cooked claypot rice. This place is so popular, you’ll have to wait at least an hour before your rice is served!

Address: Kwan Kee Clay Pot Rice, Shop 1, GF, Wo Yick Mansion, 263 Queen's Road West, Sai Ying Pun 
Opening hours: 11am-2.30pm / 6pm-11pm, Monday-Sunday (closed Sunday afternoon)

5. Savour traditional Cantonese dessert soups at Yuen Kee Dessert

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This store was established over 100 years ago and is known for its old school method of using a stone grind to make sweet almond and sesame soup. Enjoy the rustic atmosphere from the wooden furniture as you sip on their famous mistletoe tea and sweet almond soup.

Address: Yuen Kee Dessert, 32 Centre Street, Sai Ying Pun 
Opening times: 12pm-11.30pm, Monday-Sunday


6. Warm up from the cold with a hotpot experience unlike any other at The Drunken Pot

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The Drunken Pot is a modern Guangdong-style hot pot restaurant. They have a variety of soup bases including coconut soup and Sichuan-style spicy soup. Be sure to try their signature dishes, which include local hand-sliced beef and pork, the sake soup bomb, tofu gelato, and bi-coloured xiao long bao dumplings.

Address: The Drunken Pot, Restaurant 1, 2/F 8 Observatory Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Opening Times: 12pm-3pm / 6pm-1am, Monday-Sunday

Seasonal Outdoor Activities And Happenings

7. Explore nature and go fruit and vegetable picking

Head over to Tai Tong Organic Ecopark, a leisure farm with diverse educational and recreational happenings. Perfect for children, activities include the petting and nursing zoo, pineapple farm, arts and crafts workshops, and the rope obstacle course.

Address: 11 Tai Tong Shan Road, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
Opening Times: 9am-6pm, Monday-Sunday
Get more info at the website.

Another great outdoor adventure to check out is Fruitful Organic Farm. Book appointments to self-pick fresh fruits and vegetables. They also offer cooking classes, arts and crafts stations, farm tours, and barbecue pits.

Address: Si Pai Shi Village, Kam She Road, Yuen Long
Opening Times: 10am-6pm
Get more info at the website.

8. Enjoy fresh produce, delicious hipster street food, and more at Tong Chong Street Market

The Tong Chong Street Market features everything from fresh produce to the latest food and beverage trends. The annual culinary event features 40 pop-up stalls to celebrate Christmas and the New Year, so you definitely don't want to miss out! 

The market will have three themes this year. November will feature the 'Coffee Festival,' December is themed 'Snowy Christmas,' and the new year will kick off with 'Healthy Eating.'

Enjoy up-and-coming homegrown food stalls, unconventional eateries, and fresh seasonal produce at this super trendy street market. In addition to all the good eats, there will also be craft stalls and other local brands selling a variety of goods.

Address: Tong Chong Street, Taikoo Place
Dates: Every Sunday from 4 November 2018 - 17 February 2019
Get more info on Facebook.

Special Winter Night-Time Events

9. Take gorgeous photos with unique backdrops at the Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival

'Our House' by Tom Dekyvere (Belgium)

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Hong Kong is famous for its epic light shows, especially during the festive season. This year will feature International Light Art Displays by Light Art Connection, which will showcase the works of both local and overseas artists. 

'Rotifers' by Nicole Anona Banowetz (USA)

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The 12 unique pieces will illustrate a variety of themes such as 'Techhnology and Communications', 'Childhood's Dream', and 'Connect & Romance'. The installations will be displayed at iconic sites along Central Harbourfront and Tamar Park, so get ready to go exploring and remember to take lots of photos!

'Talking Heads' by Viktor Vicsek (Hungary)

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10. Watch your favourite celebrities perform at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)

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Grab a spot alongside the red carpet to go star-spotting or purchase tickets to watch all the performances and awards at MAMA live and in person!

Location: AsiaWorld Expo - Arena (Hall 1), Hong Kong
Date: 14 December 2018
Get more info on Facebook.

11. Party away at Clockenflap - Hong Kong's world famous Music & Arts Festival

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Celebrate art and music at this massive annual festival that brings artists and fans from all over the world together. This year's lineup features Khalid, The Vaccines, Wolf Alice, and many more!

Dates: 9-11 November 2018
Get more info on the website.

12. Get Extended Stay Offers and experience Hong Kong’s landmarks with Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific is running a new promotion for anyone staying three nights or more in Hong Kong, up until 31 December 2018. You'll be able to redeem a tour from a selection of four offers, depending on your preferences. 

Here are the offers:
1. Hop-on, Hop-off Open Top Bus Sightseeing Tour 
2. Deluxe Hong Kong Island Combo
3. Old Hong Kong Experience
4. Kowloon Cultural & Life Tour

Get more information from this website.

Are you excited to explore Hong Kong this festive season?

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Hong Kong is amazing all year round, but there's just something extra magical about the winter months. It's time to Discover Hong Kong now!

For more information on what to do, see, and experience in Hong Kong, visit www.discoverhongkong.com.

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