How to soak in the sun this summer
Babette Radclyffe – The Fabulous Fashionista
There’s no denying it, this summer is a scorcher so far and it looks like its set to surge the mercury even further. While some of us may be worshipping the air-con and evading the rays at all costs, how can Hong Kong’s sun seekers soak in the sun in the city? Here we highlight the top choices for tanning in the town.
Al Fresco Dining
If you’re looking to top up the tan while enjoying a chilled glass of wine, a healthy lunch or a bottle of fizz, Hong Kong’s al fresco dining hotspots are growing in numbers. A solid, classic hotspot is RED Bar + Restaurant located on Hong Kong’s tallest building, ifc. Offering some of the best views in town of Victoria Harbour, sit back and enjoy the views from one of their many relaxing rattan couches. A relative newcomer to the scene is Wooloomooloo Steakhouse in Wan Chai. A hidden gem in the heart of Wan Chai, the restaurant boasts an impressive roof terrace with menu to match, as well as panoramic views of the city.
Walk on the wild side
Tucked away between concrete Central and buzzing Admiralty is a nature haven that has its fair share of sunbathing spots. Hong Kong Park is home to an aviary with over 80 species of birds housed in a tropical rainforest, as well as countless lily ponds, fountains and waterfalls. Perfect for a lunchtime stroll in the sunshine, be sure to check out the neighbouring botanical gardens and zoo and drop by the primate enclosure to see one of the many exotic animals who call Hong Kong home.
Technically not in the city, junks are still one of the best ways to soak up the rays and explore an aquatic side of Hong Kong. Whether a classic junk from Hong Kong Yachting or a red-sailed classically Chinese junk from Duk Ling takes your fancy, take to the seas with a group of sun seeking friends and head out to scenic Sai Kung or Lamma for scrumptious seafood.
This summer if you’re topping up the tan on a work lunch break or have a dedicated day to catch the rays, just remember to pack the sunscreen, a pair of slick sunglasses and tan away.
Fashion and lifestyle journalist Babette Radclyffe-Thomas is based in the concrete jungle of creativity, Hong Kong. Having spent her formative teenage years in Hong Kong, after a MA in Fashion Journalism from the London College of Fashion, the city’s charms lured her back and she has made it her mission to discover the latest creative hotspots and trend setters.