For couples who want to go beyond chocolate covered strawberries or singletons looking to find love, Hong Kong may be just the place one should head to for an ideal romantic getaway. With an international reputation for luxury and with more than a hint of the exotic, Hong Kong is one of the best places to indulge the romantic side. Furthermore, Cupid’s bow will strike lovers twice in Hong Kong this year as the Chinese Spring Lantern Festival and Western Valentine’s Day are falling on the same date.
The Spring Lantern Festival, or the Chinese Valentine’s Day, falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month and is traditionally considered favourable for nuptials, and now, with the western Valentine’s Day too falling on the same date – 14 February – together it makes the Year of the Horse doubly romantic.
So, whether for single or couples, Hong Kong is especially beautiful during this event, with colourful lanterns adorning the parks, flower markets and restaurants.
Love is in the air
For those individuals who feel declaring their love from the top of the world is everything, Victoria Peak or The Peak in the western half of Hong Kong can fulfil that dream. The Peak offers unrivalled views of the iconic Hong Kong skyline to gaze upon. To reach this romantic spot, one can travel via the historic Peak Tram. The journey is sure to add that extra bit of colonial glamour to a romantic date. The more daring ones can even arrange for a helicopter ride and propose mid-air, while flying across the cityscape.
Sail into someone’s heart by renting out one of the city’s quintessential junk boats. Nevermind the word junk, these are ancient Chinese sailing ships that are still in use today. Nature lovers can board the last authentic Chinese sailing junk in Hong Kong and set sail into the city’s beautiful harbour for an amazing view of its vast skyline. Hiring a private yacht and sailing off to one of Hong Kong’s many outlying islands to enjoy a secluded picnic on a private beach can be an interesting option for the ones who prefer privacy. The Harbour Night Cruise takes in the best sunset views of Victoria Harbour district while the iconic Star Ferry allows one to sail back in time to 1920s Hong Kong on-board the beautiful double-decker recreation of the ferries that graced Victoria Harbour back in the Twenties.
Say it with food
They say the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, and Hong Kong is probably the best place where one can win over the love of their life with the help of lip-smacking food. One of the world famous rooftop bars, or restaurants such as Nanhai No. 1, can be an ideal option for those who like to enjoy their dinner with a view, complete with sundowner cocktails. The Hooray Bar is another option for a glistening view of the city from a beautiful outdoor terrace. Privacy lovers can even hire out one of the city’s internationally renowned private kitchens, such as Yin Yang or Ta Pantry.
Singles, get ready to mingle
As a testament to its cosmopolitan flair, this year Hong Kong will host the world’s first ever international speed dating event. The HK Love Hub Speed Dating Event will be held at Ocean Park from 14 to 16 February, with an aim to help singles from around the world find their other half. So, all the singletons everywhere, this is the place where one could meet their destined half.
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