I built my weekend visit to Hong Kong into my first ever Star Alliance RTW journey. Hong Kong has some excellent international connections and is a wonderful place to stop for a few days of fun, provided you can find an inexpensive place to stay.
Luckily, Peter, a British pal I met in Koh Tao, offered to host me for my visit at his apartment in Causeway Bay. I made my way from the airport to Peter’s place via the Airport Express MTR which was a fast and reasonable way to make the long journey. Peter had left me a key so I was able to get in his apartment and catch a nap while he was at a work event.
When Peter arrived home he was ready to party and so off we went to meet his girlfriend, Hester, at a pub for drinks and then on to his favourite bar (a British sports pub), Devils Advocate, for a few more. Devils is a cool spot because it’s right on Lockhart Road and the floor to ceiling doors completely open up to the street. Devils tends to fill with British and Australian expats who want to watch football, rugby, and cricket, so if you are a sports fan it is not a bad place to be on game nights.
Peter had pre-reserved a table for the Champagne Brunch at Zuma for the next day so I met more of his friends and we had a solid kick-off to our Saturday – nothing like free-flow Veuve Clicquot and sushi to get things going. From Zuma the party continued and Peter and Hester showed me more fun bars, including Le Jardin in the back corner of Lan Kwai Fong (a fun bar street) which is very popular among bankers and Europeans. Of course, we ended up back at Devils where some crazy expat was buying Jagger Bombs for the bar 30 at a time.
On my last day in Hong Kong, Peter and his roommate Christian took me sightseeing with their girlfriends. We took the ferry across Victoria Harbour where I could fully appreciate Hong Kong’s beautiful skyline. We walked around, had lunch, and then went to the Ozone Bar which is located on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton. In fact, Ozone Bar is the highest bar and the Ritz-Carlton is the tallest hotel in the world. Staying at the Ritz-Carlton is extremely expensive and although the cocktails at Ozone are pricey, it’s a cheap way to enjoy the incredible views the hotel has to offer. We stayed at the Ozone Bar until the sun had fully set (Hong Kong’s skyline is even more spectacular at night) before heading back to Hong Kong Island for the Olympic Gold Medal Ice Hockey Game.
Being a Canadian, the hockey final was an event I had to see and I was happy that three Brits and a Colombian who did not follow winter sports supported me in this endeavor. We tried a number of different bars before finding one that had a decent stream of the game. Since the Olympics were in Sochi, I could conveniently watch the game in the evening whereas most of my friends in Canada had to get up in the wee hours of the morning to watch the game. I loved the fact that many Asian families were in the bar with their kids supporting Canada. Lots of Chinese have worked, studied, or have family in Canada so it was nice to see them support our team, especially when Canada won the gold!
It was the perfect end to a fun weekend trip and I definitely look forward to visiting Hong Kong again soon!