The hottest summer months have arrived in Hong Kong, and with them a burning desire for a holiday. But while you’re waiting to get away, why not make the most of the city and rediscover ? That might mean a at one of the city’s numerous hotels, outdoor adventures tackling one of ’, baking on one of its or treating your taste buds to seasonal menus and .
You could also venture a little further out of town. Head to Starfish Bay, next to Wu Kai Sha MTR station, where starfish and other creatures can be seen in the clear waters. The cove is a conservation area housing clams, oysters, sea urchins, crabs and even small stingrays. The lower the tide, the further you can explore the shallow regions along the shore. Refer to the to plan your exploration schedule during a low tide. From 13 to 16 August, low tides will occur after sunset and early in the morning, meaning you can explore at night for added thrills.
Read on for more of the best things to do in Hong Kong this August.
Treat Yourself at the Mandarin Spa
Missing your summer wellness escape? Well, the good news is that you can still rejuvenate your mind and body with a pampered spa experience right here in Hong Kong. Step away from the laptop and spend the day unwinding at Mandarin Spa’s Hypnotherapy Spa treatment with Christine Deschemin. Choose between three hypnosis-based workshops: Hypno-relaxation, Slimming Hypnosis and Bespoke Hypnotherapy, starting at HK$1,500 per person.
Alternatively, join the Mandarin Spa’s TaiQi Yoga or Martial Arts Combat Yoga classes for spiritual relaxation, peace and tranquillity. Led by Ella Tham from PURE Yoga, the classes cost HK$1,000 per person.
Swap a Vacation for Intoxi-cation at Quinary
Replicate those holiday vibes with a fun night out and some fabulous cocktails. Hollywood Road hangout has one of the best cocktail menus in town: try its new South Seas offering (HK$160), made in partnership with Hong Kong’s homegrown Two Moons Distillery gin. The concoction channels salty ocean air with fruity scents of calamansi and yuzu. Meanwhile the eccentric Cool Lagoon (HK$140), made with Thai and Italian basil, muscat grape liqueur, pickled jalapeno syrup and lime juice, will have you dreaming of faraway lands.
Grab a Vegan Bubble Tea at Mother Pearl
Bubble tea gets a health-conscious twist at , with beverages featuring plant-based vegan ‘mylk’. Get your guilt-free boba from Mother Pearl’s pop-up at The Upper House until 31 August. You’ll also find exclusive treats like organic, Fairtrade affogato with vegan ice cream – the perfect pick-me-up for a sweltering summer afternoon.
Have a Tropical Bowling Party
Score the perfect strike while enjoying cocktails, snacks, live music and DJs at the in Sai Kung. The larger-than-life venue is all about tropical-themed fun: whether that’s mermaid and pirate-themed kids birthday parties; ice-breaker dates with dinner and free-flow; or a chilled day out with friends and family.
Explore the city’s local talent
There’s plenty of places to soak up Hong Kong’s homegrown creativity, from the spontaneous busking performances along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront to ’s Lau Bak Livehouse in West Kowloon Cultural District. Here you’ll find a diverse every weekend and select weeknights, ranging from jazz and electronica to experimental music. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawns, or enjoy craft beer, signature cocktails and delicious meals onsite.
Hands-On History Workshops
Delve into the past with a series of free workshops at the Hong Kong Museum of History. There’s everything from a coin-press workshop to art-jamming. Build a double-decker tram model, craft paper lanterns or learn about traditional marriage customs. Sessions are free of charge on a first-come-first-served basis
Check out Exhibitions
The city’s art scene this summer does not disappoint. at in Quarry Bay presents a thought-provoking look at land reclamation and climate change, with various artworks posing questions about our future and examining Hong Kong’s own history of land reclamation.
The also takes inspiration from geography, with its . This exhibition features three outdoor sculptures made of concrete and steel, assembled to mimic the vastness of the mountains. The outdoor installation is showing until 31 August at Salisbury Garden’s Art Square.
Bhutan may be unreachable right now, but you can still explore elements of its culture through the colourful at which runs until 19 August. Created by Nima Dorj, a Bhutanese thankgka artist living in Hong Kong, the exhibition marks the first time Dorj has displayed his new, non-traditional art pieces.
The Olympics has ended and the Paralympics is about to begin: making the passion of sportspeople the ideal subject for PMQ’s – . Showing until 30 September, this exhibition shines a light on the emotional side of sports, featuring portraits of footballers as they experience feelings from hope to jubilation.
Shopping Local and Organic at The Mills
Together with farmers from the (SEED), will be running a to promote the concept of community-supported agriculture on 21 and 22 August, from noon to six. Explore lesser-known farm produce and learn agricultural tips from the experts. You’ll also be able to visit Greenfield Organic’s pop-up, selling seasonal foods on weekends until 29 August.