THE MURRAY – HONG KONG’S NEWEST 5-STAR “PEARL”
Situated adjacent to Hong Kong Park and the Peak Tramway, The Murray, Hong Kong opened its facilities, restaurants and bars progressively from January of this year. As one of eight historic landmarks under the Conserving Central initiative introduced by the Hong Kong government in 2013, The Murray is an inspiring piece of architecture holding almost 50 years of history, and a landmark building located in the heart of the city in Central, Hong Kong. A high-profile preservation project converted into a luxury hotel by Foster + Partners, The Murray is celebrated as a pioneering example of sustainability. The Murray also presents over 1,900 square metres of exclusive meeting and event spaces designed for luxury, fashion, art, wedding and corporate occasions.
22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 3141 8888
Osteria Marzia is the latest addition to the Black Sheep restaurant chain in Hong Kong. It is a coastal Italian style restaurant inspired by the colourful and diverse cuisine of the nation’s scenic seaside regions. From Campania through Amalfi and Puglia to Southern Sicily, flavours vary along the coast. A menu representing these cooking traditions is proudly served in a lofty dining room, accented with nautical design and details reminiscent of a sunny maritime holiday in Italy. The Marzia is very close to the convention centre, just down the street from the Novotel Century in Wan Chai.
Ground Floor, The Flemming, 41 Fleming Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 3607 2253
It’s the best-known sightseeing spot in Hong Kong, for good reason. It’s a not-to-be missed addition to any visit to the city. Riding The Peak Tram can be the quickest and most scenic way to arrive at The Peak. The Peak Tram Lower Terminus is easily reachable by foot from the MTR in Central or by public transportation. Only one catch is that there is often an interminable queue for the tram. The tram starts operating at 7 am, so if you’re keen and a “morning person”, it is best to go very early to avoid the crowd. Other options for getting to the peak are by taxi, or by bus. The latter is very pleasant as the view from the upper level as one is climbing the narrow windy road to the peak is just stunning.
Peak Tram Operating Hours:
7 am to 12 midnight (Mon – Sun & Public Holidays)
Frequency: Departs every 10 to 15 minutes
The 15B bus leaves from just next to the convention and exhibition centre (HKCEC) for the Peak every 20 minutes.
MONG KOK DISTRICT
Whether you’re looking to buy camera gear, gadgets, memorabilia or clothing, Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district is often overlooked by tourists. It’s here that one is most likely to find “real” bargains, and the district is very lively in the early evening, as the streets become even more frenetic. You may not find many great international brands here, but you will certainly come across some unique local spots. Sai Yeung Choi is very a long, wide pedestrian street in Mong Kok on which many shops, malls and restaurants are situated. Geeks and tech lovers will adore Sim City, which is home to countless shops selling all things digital and technological. From second-hand lenses and cameras to the largest array of headphones, this place has everything tech you could ever need.
The district’s biggest and most commercial mall is Langham Place – on Argyle Street. It is a one-stop place for clothes, food, beauty products, and more. The Sky Bar, located on the 13th floor, is a cool bar that serves brilliant cocktails, mocktails, wine and incredibly fine seafood and Western-style bar snacks.