This month is all about celebrating Hong Kong: its dynamic districts, its never-ending stream of new restaurants, its creativity.
And as ever, there’s plenty going on in the city to keep you busy when the heat is rising off the streets.
First, the serious stuff: the Hong Kong Maritime Museum is putting on an exhibition, On Sharks and Humanity, until the end of September. It’s a travelling showcase of work from artists around Asia, aiming to raise awareness of shark conservation in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta area.
There are a number of cultural events over the summer to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the handover. One of the more interesting is the Jin Yong Gallery at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, featuring the martial arts novels of Jin Yong and his influence on local popular culture. While over at City Gallery in Edinburgh Place is City Impression, an exhibition looking at the development of Hong Kong over the past 20 years. Meanwhile, the Asian Youth Orchestra is putting on a special anniversary concert over 26-27 July. If you’re in London this month, check out the Hong Kong Music Series: a festival of more than 70 of Hong Kong’s best musicians on the international stage.
And whether you’re visiting or a born-and-bred Hongkonger, you’ll want somewhere good to eat after that cultural download. Try brand new Imperial Treasure, an import of Singapore’s Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, that’s opened in Tsim Sha Tsui’s One Peking. Over the harbour, we continue to be impressed by Dragon Noodles Academy in Central, which serves reasonably priced (gasp!) Peking duck and handmade noodles in playful surroundings. It’s the most Hong Kong restaurant in that it’s super Instagrammable, too – try to snap the fluffy lion heads hanging over the tables.
15, 16 Jul: Lan Kwai Fong Music and Beer Fest
1-6 Aug: Busan Sea Festival, Busan, South Korea
This annual festival takes place on five of the city’s most popular beaches, with past events including K-pop shows, sand-sculpture competitions and fireworks.
4-6 Aug: Esports and Music Festival Hong Kong
19-30 Aug: Southeast Asian Games, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Teams from 11 Southeast Asian countries meet at this biennial event, which includes regional sports like Myanmar’s chinlone, muay Thai and Indonesia’s pencak silat.
25-27 Aug: Hua Hin Food Festival, Hua Hin, Thailand
Stalls showcase the food of Hua Hin, the coastal town not far from Bangkok. Cooking demonstrations and night bazaars are all part of the event.
Mid-Sep to mid-Oct: Autumn leaves season, Sichuan, China
Sichuan is a prime place to see the turning of leaves in Asia. Apart from the well-known Jiuzhaigou National Park, there are also the scenic hills of Daocheng and Miyaluo.