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By Chris | June 22 2007
During the night, when the sun sets and humidity of the day subsides, Hong Kong really shines. There are as many activities to keep you occupied during the night as the day, admittedly many of them aimed at the hedonist, but selected below are a wide range of nightlife hotspots and cultural pursuits.
The Symphony of Lights has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest permanent light and sound show.
This spectacular display takes place nightly and starts at 8pm. Synchronizing the lights of key buildings on both sides of the Victoria Harbor waterfront, the showcase comprises five themes to celebrate the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong, along with musical effects to add to the vibrancy of the incredible night vista. The best viewing locations are along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront between the Avenue of Stars and Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai, or from your own private cruise around Victoria Harbor
Night races at the Happy Valley Racecourse attract thousands of spectators on each occasion and billions of dollars in bets each racing season (September to June).
The bright lights and electric atmosphere are home to one of Hong Kong’s favorite pastimes: making money through a favorite money sport – horse racing. Happy Valley has been the home of horse racing in Hong Kong since 1846 and the buzz of Wednesday night racing at the ultra-sophisticated track is a thrill and experience for locals and visitors alike. Champagne flows in the private boxes, which are perfect viewpoints for elite guests to enjoy the entertainment and exemplary hospitality.
The city’s first opera company, Opera Hong Kong is a firmly established part of Hong Kong’s cultural scene.
It is committed to enhancing the appreciation of the art of opera in Hong Kong and promoting local musical talent.
The bustle of Hong Kong’s markets, by day and by night, is the most authentic experience of local Hong Kong culture you can find – and it really comes alive once the boutiques down their shutters for the night.
Venture to the Temple Street Night Market and Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street to find an amazing range of items, fortune tellers and open-street, impromptu Chinese opera performances. Ask your concierge to organize a guide, giving you the inside track to discover gems and treasures hiding at the market.
Within the glass walls of Aqua, this bar’s expertly created cocktails are as sharp as the décor.
Here the privacy of a VIP booth is made only more exclusive by the spectacular views of the city lights.
+852 3427 2288
29 + 30F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui
High above the Prince’s Building, Sevva offers a ‘total sensory experience’.
The penthouse Taste Bar offers jazz sounds to accompany that signature cocktail and the rooftop terrace nightclub has prime harbor views.
+852 2537 1388
Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central
Armani/Privé is the ultimate exclusive sanctuary for exclusive guests in Hong Kong.
The warm and lavish design is home to a jet-set crowd who choose to escape from the city bustle and truly appreciate the luxurious surroundings.
+852 3583 2828
2/F, Landmark Chater, 8 Connaught Road, Central
Gloriously detailed, this romantic bar and lounge is the ideal spot for vintage spirits and age-old cocktails.
The Parisian-style salons and banquettes are second only to a secret, ultra-VIP room for super-elite guests.
If you’re ready to dance, Drop is the late night venue in Hong Kong – attracting the city’s best DJs to play and restricting entry to all but the elite crowd.
Arrive early and hit the basement dance floor until you drop.
Sugar turns from a relaxed, rooftop bar by evening, to a club that hosts resident and top international DJs by night.
The smaller room of the two offers a champagne bar making a perfect accompaniment to the music.
Recognized and renowned as the place where the most chic party crowd in Hong Kong hang out, Dragon-I is also a stop for elite guests.
The club is a blend of Chinese and Japanese design and features some the best performing artists and mixers in the industry so you can dance the night away.
The Tom Dixon-designed Tazmania Ballroom is among the most glamorous contemporary night spaces in Hong Kong.
Inspired by 1920s American bars mixed with a student playboy feel, the decadent outfit adds a youthful edge to the traditional, opulent private gentlemen’s club where urbanites can play until dawn.