May in Hong Kong is all about staying cool and enjoying the not-yet-humid weather. To catch a mountaintop breeze, get your trainers on and head up a trail in one of Hong Kong’s country parks (there are 24 in total, so take your pick).
On Hong Kong Island, that might mean something gentle like the Morning Trail up to the Peak for views over the city and ice cream or a meal at The Peak Galleria. Or in the New Territories, you could tackle a section or two of the venerable 100-kilometre MacLehose Trail, which can take in rocky cliffs, beaches, abandoned villages and leafy hills.
Need more inspiration? We’ve got a selection of easy Hong Kong hikes and more challenging and lesser-walked paths for the adventurous.
The major outlying islands like Lamma, Lantau and Cheung Chau are popular spots for a weekend foray. But spare a thought too for the lesser-visited islands – like Po Toi, a small green lump poking out of the South China Sea, just 30 minutes south of Stanley. Hop on the slow boat to the island for hikes, heritage sites and a great seafood feast at the end.
You’ve burned some calories walking around outside. Now it’s time to refuel and check out one of the latest pop-ups or tempting restaurant and bar openings around town.
In Sai Ying Pun, Test Kitchen is hosting an ongoing Chef’s Table series for just four patrons at a time as well as a Finnish patisserie pop-up on weekends. If you prefer dim sum to cookies and lemon roll cake, Duddells just launched an all-you-can-eat ‘Back to the 80’s Dim Sum Night’ with optional free-flow drinks (Wednesdays to Fridays).
The latest opening at the West Kowloon Cultural Centre isn’t a world-class museum but world-class restaurant Pano, serving up French fine-dining with unobstructed views of Victoria Harbour and the skyline. Chef Ken has worked in some of the city’s finest kitchens including The Verandah and The Peninsula’s Chesa, Felix and Gaddi’s, and brings those experiences to bear in dishes like Miyazaki wagyu beef two ways and an allspice maltose French pigeon with shallot purée.
Mum’s the Word
Celebrate Mother’s Day (10 May) by taking advantage of some great dining and hotel deals around town.
In Mong Kok, Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Ming Court plates up festive menus for mothers, featuring signature dishes such as South African abalone, and indulgent breaded, deep-fried stuffed crab shells. The menus are available for lunch and dinner over 9-10 May.
Down on the Southside, Limewood is putting on a seven-dish Mother’s Day brunch that includes smoked salmon waffles and five-spice pork belly with peach and watercress salad. Top it off by adding the two-hour free-flow rosé and prosecco package.
If you want to go all out, how about a sweet staycation at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong in Central? Mum will get picked up in a limo, before enjoying a welcoming glass of bubbly in a spacious room or suite for her overnight stay. The package also comes with a spending and spa credit, a gift from Aromatherapy Associates and breakfast for up to two adults and a child (from HK$4,100, available until 31 May).
For more offers, check out the best Hong Kong hotel staycations to book right now.