Modern-day Hong Kong is a sprawling metropolis and global financial hub, but it’s also a melting-pot of culture, food and inspiration. Here are 10 reasons to host a MICE event in the cosmopolitan city:
High-achieving: Hong Kong is home to 1251 skyscrapers – more than double that of New York City – many of which house luxury hotels like The Peninsula, the Ritz-Carlton, the Mandarin Oriental, The Langham, and The Mira.
Retail therapy: Hong Kong is brimming with shops that cater to all tastes and budgets, from street market stalls to high-end designer boutiques. A visit to the Temple Street Night Market should be on every delegate’s hit list, with a lively atmosphere and Chinese hawker stalls selling everything from traditional medicine and noodles, to live crustacea, watches, electronics and antiques.
Cuisine: As the culinary capital of Asia, Hong Kong boasts more than 12,000 eateries, ranging from street food to Michelin-star restaurants. Corporate groups can sample an incredible variety of Chinese cuisine as well as regional Asian and a range of high quality international dining to suit any budget. Where else in the world can you enjoy a Michelin-starred meal for less than $10?
Festivals and events: Hong Kong’s year-round calendar of festivals and events offers great team-building options that will keep delegates on their toes. Vibrant lion and dragon dances, fireworks, festive feasting, carnivals and parades are never in short supply with events like the Chinese New Year festival (the biggest, brightest and most important celebration in Hong Kong), the Dragon Boat Carnival, and the Cheung Chau Bun festival.
Venues with views: Delegates can enjoy a feast for the eyes as well as the palate, with a host of venues that offer spectacular views across Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour and can be exclusively booked for corporate events. Designed to emulate one of Peking’s fast disappearing hutongs, Hutong is an award-winning restaurant that serves contemporary Chinese cuisine in an ornately decorated dining space (150 banquet or 200 cocktail) with extraordinary views from the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. Chic rooftop bar and restaurant, Sevva, is a VIP hot spot on Hong Kong Island with a number of elegant spaces with stunning views across the harbour.
Mother Nature: While the great outdoors may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Hong Kong’s bustling island city, there is a lot on offer – with hiking and cycling, nature parks, beaches, quaint villages and undulating mountain paths. Just a short trip from the city, there’s Dragon’s Back, voted the ‘Best Urban Hiking Trail in Asia’ by Time. The trail provides stunning views of Shek O, Tai Long Wan, Stanley, Tai Tam, and the South China Sea.
Nightlife: First-time visitors to Hong Kong’s party area, Lan Kwai Fong, are often gazing in wonderment at more than 100 bars, restaurants, clubs and shops crammed into just a few short streets. Delegates can join night revellers or watch the antics from one of the upper floors.
The ferry: Star Ferry has carried an average 63,000 passengers a day across Victoria Harbour since 1898. For less than HK$3, delegates can catch the ferry in the evening (around 8pm) and see 44 skyscrapers from both the Hong Kong and Kowloon side light up in the nightly light and sound show, Symphony of Lights.
Culturally-rich: Taoist temples and Edwardian edifices nestle between skyscrapers, people trade on international markets and light incense to bodhisattvas, and vestiges of Chinese clan heritage and European colonial history sit side by side — Hong Kong is the perfect fusion of east and west. Delegates can see, touch, and taste the city’s Cantonese, Mandarin and British cultural influences.
Tea time: The tea-drinking habits of Hong Kong locals originate from Chinese tea culture, however after more than 150 years of British rule the underlying social and cultural values have changed to become unique in the world. There are several tea appreciation classes on offer across the city.
This article is sponsored by Hong Kong Tourism Board.