Here are more things to check out in Hong Kong, the city that never sleeps, writes Zalina Mohd Som
WHAT’S hot in Hong Kong this spring? The city-state of China welcomes the season with a handful of new attractions that definitely fall under the must-go category.
The first thing to greet visitors when they enter the world’s first airport Imax cinema (opens next month at Terminal Two of Hong Kong International Airport is a giant 13.8m x 22.4m screen. It has 358 seats, the largest of its type in Hong Kong.
Another first is Britain’s White Cube gallery, one of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries, its first outpost outside London. The Hong Kong White Cube gallery in Central covers 1,800 sq m over two floors.
Other hot spots are
Tai O Heritage Hotel: The barely two-month-old hotel (www.taioheritagehotel.com) is actually a refurbished century-old police station at the west end of Tai O on Shek Tsai Po Street. It enjoys a spectacular view of the South China Sea and the tranquil Tai O fishing village.
Hong Kong in Ocean Park: The world-class marinelife theme park Ocean Park (www.oceanpark.com.hk) has a new attraction — Old Hong Kong. It recreates various aspects of life from a bygone era, from tong lau-style (terraced) apartment buildings, vintage tramcar, heritage bus to food.
Picasso Exhibition: The Hong Kong Heritage Museum (www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk) will stage the Picasso — Masterpieces From Musee National Picasso, Paris exhibition from Saturday to July 22. The exhibition will feature 55 original works by Picasso, covering every phase of his prolific career from his Blue, Rose, Primitive and Cubist stages to Neoclassical and Expressionist.
Chef Mario Batali’s Lupa: The world-acclaimed celebrity chef Mario Batali and his partner, Joe Bastianich, join hands to open Lupa (www.diningconcepts.com.hk/lupa), the new New York-Italian restaurant in Central. The restaurant boasts over 1,600 sq m of dining area with a terrace for al fresco dining. Leading the kitchen team is executive chef Zach Allen, Mario’s protege. The menu includes a handpicked selection of Italian wines from Batali and Bastianich’s personal catalogue with over 40 wines, served by the glass.
Hong Kong Living Culture Coffee Shop: Chain coffee shop Starbucks partners with local lifestyle brand G.O.D. and renowned artist Stanley Wong (a.k.a Anothermountainman) to launch a brand new concept store in the hustle and bustle of busy Sai Yee Street, Mong Kok. The two-storey store celebrates the artistic spirit of Hong Kong, and is filled with photos of the locals, taken on the streets and showing their day-to-day stories.