Two of Asia’s most dynamic cities go head to head in a cultural clash but who will win this battle of Hong Kong vs Singapore?
Hong Kong is a city where east meets west, where skyscrapers rise above tiny, narrow laneways, where Hong Kong locals mix with expats from all over the world.
It’s a dynamic blend of cultural contrasts which makes it a great stopover destination. A visit to Hong Kong is sure to ease you into the hustle and bustle that awaits in your next Asian destination.
The best way to start any visit to Hong Kong is by riding the Peak tram from the busy streets of downtown Hong Kong to the top of ‘Victoria Peak’ offering unparalleled views over the glittering harbour and towering skyscrapers below. From here, with orientation sorted, navigate your way along the worlds ‘longest outdoor covered escalator system’.
Stop for a spot of shopping at the Ladies Market or Temple Street Night Market, wander along the Avenue of the Stars and finish your day by watching the ‘largest permanent light and sound show’ on the banks of Victoria Harbour. There really is plenty to do and see in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has many culinary delights to offer that at every turn there is something for you to indulge in. Michelin starred restaurants sit next to street vendor food stalls offering gastronomic delights. As the city where east meets west, the food available in Hong Kong’s 12,000 restaurants is nothing
short of award-winning. Our top tip is to spend an evening enjoying Dim Sum. Devour Pork buns, prawn dumplings and finish off with an egg tart.
Hong Kong has always been a trading port, therefore has built a reputation as a shoppers delight. It boasts an incredible variety of goods from ancient lucky Chinese charms, to designer handbags from international retailers. If you are heading to one of the many markets scattered throughout the city, make sure you are ready to bargain.
Singapore is not the dull stopover destination that it can often be painted to be. This is a city of cosmopolitan multiculturalism, an intriguing collision of influences enlivening its pristine streets. It’s also a city of abundance, where residents reap the rewards of their hard-earned dollar.
Singapore has plenty to see and do, from elegant temples and colonial edifices (Raffles, anyone?) to Singapore Zoo, the Botanic Gardens and Sentosa Island. Exploring the ethnic neighbourhoods – Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India are the best known – gives an insight into Singapore’s cultural mix.
Wendy Wu’s favourite place to visit on any stopover in Singapore is Gardens by the Bay. The gardens feature more than one million plants from 5,000 species, offering a light show in the evenings. If you aren’t afraid of heights, make sure you visit the OCBC Skyway and Supertrees, with panoramic views over Singapore and the Marina skyline.
Singapore is something of a culinary mecca. Like the culture, dishes are a collaboration of world cuisines with deliciously distinctive and affordable street food considered a national obsession.
From Michelin Star restaurants to Hawker Centres where you can dine with the locals and feast on delights from the huge range of food stalls. Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken rice, char kway taow and wonton are among the many must tastes.
Singapore’s most iconic shopping district has to be Orchard Road. A procession of glitzy malls, premier hotels and notable restaurants with world-renowned names and many familiar International brands. Shopping Malls are spread throughout the city so you’re never far from some retail therapy. Don’t forget Chinatown Street Market for a taste of the local wares. Or maybe Haji Lane for a great selection of vintage store and boutiques.
It’s impossible to choose between these two magnificent world cities. They both allow you to experience unique cultures, eat decadent food in Michelin Star restaurants or local market stalls. They’re both well worth a visit.