A guest post about a city I’m desperate to visit. Before her jet lag had even worn off, Liv from It’s a Beautiful Life contributed this post about Hong Kong (with a bit of Shanghai to make me extra envious).
I was much honored to be asked by The Anthology to write a guest post; it’s been so much fun watching this blog grow and I look forward to the updates in my RSS reader every day. I recently went on a whirlwind of a trip to Asia to two very happening cities: Hong Kong and Shanghai.
I was born in Hong Kong so going back is like slipping on a pair of well-worn jeans — the comfort of familiarity sinks in as I drive past the dazzling city lights and formidable skyscrapers.
As for Shanghai, well I was a Shanghai virgin. It is fascinating city which not only shows the best of East meets West but is also a great example of China’s economic progress. Construction is everywhere, and the well-heeled Shanghainese strut their stuff on the great catwalks of Shanghai.
I’ve put together my hot list for Hong Kong – a composite of places and things I love. I hope you get to visit them soon.
Swankiest place to stay: The Peninsula: I have a love affair with this regal hotel. Built in 1928, The Peninsula is a landmark in Hong Kong. It even has a private helicoptor landing pad on the roof!
Party like a rockstar: at Lan Kwai Fong, a neighbourhood consisting of bars, clubs and restaurants on a steep cobbled square. Get on the VIP list at Prive or ride up the elevator at the LKF Hotel and sprawl out in the very grown-up FINDS a Scandinavian inspired lounge featuring the best of Nordic vodka and tapas.
Act like a local: Go shopping! Browse and haggle at a market like Temple Street Market or Fa Yuen Street or go for the latest runway goodies from Paris and Milan. Kind of like Starbucks in Vancouver, there’s bound to be a Gucci, LV, or Prada store near you. Don’t forget to visit Muji, Japan’s answer to minimalistic consumerism. For trendy, one-of-a kind finds, hit up Causeway Bay.
Chill Out: Hong Kong isn’t all concrete, there’s lots of greenery and nature to be had once you leave the inner city. Take a ferry to Lamma island, a fishing village for pedestrians and bicycles only. There are also many hikes and walks on Hong Kong island so check them out.
What I’m wearing:
Boyfriend Blazer – from a small boutique in Causeway Bay. The boyfriend blazer was an item from my HK Hit List. I love the smooth inside lining and how I can roll up the sleeves to show off the menswear inspired pin stripes.
Zebra slouchy tee – from a boutique in Tsim Sha Tsui
White woven wrap around belt – also from Tsim Sha Tsui
Purple Grey pointed flats – from yet another boutique in Tsim Sha Tsui
Grey J Brand skinny jeans
Want to contribute to the Anthology? (Yes! I can’t wait!) Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks Liv! You’re a star!