Hong Kong

 


 

Shopping

 

Singapore - While not the bargain-centre it once was, Singapore is still considered by many to be Asia’s prime venue for the discerning shopaholic. For bargains don’t miss the revamped undercover market at Bugis Street or, for designer duds, the glitzy malls on Orchard Road.

 

Hongkong - Central and Causeway Bay are still the shopping hotspots in Honkers but Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon has its devotees for clothing bargains. Check out the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tai, and Sheung Wan is particularly interesting for antiques…HK has been the collecting station for antiques from around the region for centuries.

 

 

Hotspots

 

Singapore - Boat Quay is the place to head for almost at any time of the day or night. The whole area – now lined with terrace bars – has been hugely revamped since it was the location of ramshackle go-downs and rickety bumboats.

 

Hongkong - With its 18 skyscrapers, Central is the business heart of Hong Kong and – although the city is less sentimental about its past than Singers – there are also still some historical treasures to be seen amongst more modern architecture.

 

Nightlife

 

Singapore - When Singaporeans aren’t shopping they are usually either eating or partying. A typical night out with friends might start off at a hawker centre (outdoor eating place) in Chinatown before heading out to a nightclub – preferably Ministry of Sound, Brix or Bar None. Few first-time visitors can resist a ‘Singapore Sling’ in the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel.

 

Hongkong - Aqua in Tsim Sha Tsui is one of Hong Kong’s hottest and chicest bars and The Felix (designed by Philippe Starck) is the place to be seen. Dragon-i (Wyndham St) is the place for models...and people who like models. Club 97 recently celebrated its 25th birthday and has reinvented itself from HK’s fave rave into something more of a chill-out lounge.

 

Day-Tripping

 

Singapore - Sentosa Island lies just a short cable-car ride offshore from Singapore and boasts 5 resorts, 3 spas and a whole portfolio of attractions. (sentosa.com.sg). Farther afield take a day-trip (3 hour drive) to the picturesque old Malaysian town of Malacca.

 

Hongkong - The Peak is a highpoint of many a visit to Hong Kong (both figuratively and literally). It is the perfect place to take in what must be one of the world’s most iconographic cityscapes. For something different take a day trip (1 hour by high speed ferry) to the old Portuguese enclave of Macau.