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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

Very Good
Visually & culturally exciting, with a evident mix of Chinese/European. Be prepared to be bombarded by tons of things to look at good and bad. Favourite activity was to just wander through the streets, no intended destination & no research. Rewarded by visual delights.
United Kingdom
February 26, 2017
The city is nice and clean in most areas, with parks and in general it is suitable for walking. Public transport is great. The locals seem unfriendly, including those working in services such as local restaurants and coffee shops.
February 26, 2017
Yes for shopping Yes for all the exotic food Yes for parties and friends No for tranquil life No for clean air--at least for HongKong metropolitan area Consider twice if you are looking for cheap travel. Things tend to be more expensive than you believe
South Korea
February 26, 2017
Hong Kong is so diverse in culture. There is so much to do to keep you busy. Definitely recommended.
February 26, 2017
Very Good
An amazingly busy place, but easy for visitors to get around. Great public transport system.
February 26, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Hong Kong

Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong

8.3 Very Good

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Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel

8.2 Very Good

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Regal Airport Hotel

7.9 Good

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Holiday Inn Golden Mile

8.1 Very Good

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Hotel ICON

9.3 Wonderful

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Empire Hotel Hong Kong - Wan Chai

7.8 Good

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OZO Wesley Hong Kong

8.2 Very Good

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The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers

8.3 Very Good

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The Harbourview

7.8 Good

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Discover Hong Kong

Popular Neighborhoods in Hong Kong


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Catch a sea breeze in coastal Kowloon. As morning breaks, sport and Tai Chi enthusiasts head to Kowloon Park. Inside, the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre exhibits the roots of British colonial rule. Strike it rich in one of the 400 shops at the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei, or haggle with shrewd vendors at the Temple Street Night Market.

Tsim Sha Tsui

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The city’s busy tourist area mixes shopping and culture. Buy luxury clothing on Canton Road, or grab a bargain at Park Lane Shopper’s Boulevard’s factory outlets. The city’s past comes to life at the interactive Hong Kong Museum of History, and kids can take a whirlwind tour of the galaxy at the Hong Kong Space Museum.

Hong Kong Island

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Endure a few light-headed minutes and take a tram up Victoria Peak for views of the Hong Kong skyline. Sun-soaked Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay beckon you to a lazy day by the sea. Set sail for Aberdeen Island aboard a sampan (traditional boat) and lose yourself in the life of a traditional fishing community.

Yau Ma Tei

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A cacophony of colour, this district is famed for Temple Street Night Market’s tacky tat and traditional tucker. Browse the bunting-clad stalls for “I <3 HK” tees and neon wristbands, then gorge on glazed rib-and-rice dishes amid Mido Café’s old-time charm. At historic Yaumati Theatre, round off the night in the dayglo daze of a Cantonese opera.


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Mong Kok means "busy corner" in Cantonese. Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street sells everything for the modern girl. See Sai Yeung Choi Street for electronics and cosmetics, and the fruit, flower and goldfish markets need no explanation. On a hot day, find air-conditioned comfort at the Sino Centre’s multimedia shops.

Causeway Bay

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Causeway Bay is organized chaos. Shopping centers erupt with shoppers day and night, especially in Hysan Place with its 17 floors of shopping. If elbowing your way to a bargain doesn't appeal, head to Jardine Crescent, a local shopping area with bargains to boot. Exhausted? Reenergize in Victoria Park's open spaces, or listen to the Noonday Gun blast.

Wan Chai

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Wan Chai is a friendly assault on the senses. Walk up Stone Nullah Lane for striking pre-war architecture, or slurp up noodles and congee at the local "Dai Pai Dong" (open-air restaurants). Hong Kong Arts Centre hosts provocative exhibitions year-round. Wan Chai's theaters stage popular musicals with a dash of Broadway panache.

Central District

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The bells still toll in St. John’s Cathedral and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Hit Hollywood Road for galleries, look for critters at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, or chill out at the eateries along Victoria Harbour. At night, try out your moves at the clubs in expat-filled Lan Kwai Fong.

Local Tips for Hong Kong

Beer Bay
Kristin by Kristin

Kristin moved to Hong Kong from New York and quickly fell in love with the city.

If you are looking to have a cheap drink with great views of Hong Kong Harbour, this place is for you! Located across from the Discovery Bay ferry pier (just a short walk from the Star Ferry in Central), Beer Bay is as low-key as it comes. It's also the most affordable spot in town!

  • Discovery Bay Ferry Pier, Central Hong Kong
  • Open every day 5 pm – 10 pm
Golden Computer Centre
Calvert by Calvert

Tech-savvy Calvert loves new electronic innovations and can easily spend a day searching for them!

Here is a shopping tip: Don't negotiate unless you have a few items from the same store! Most of the IT professionals in Golden Computer Centre speak English and are happy to give you advice. If you can, also check out Wanchai Computer City and the Mongkok Computer Centre.

  • 146-152 Fuk Wah Street, Sham Shui Po
  • Open every day 12 pm – 9 pm
Broadway Cinematheque
Ivy by Ivy

Ivy loves movies – and watching them in public areas with friends is a special experience!

I recommend going here to enjoy both the latest blockbusters and special screenings. Before the movie, enjoy a coffee inside the bookstore before heading in to your screening. There are annual themed film festivals, in which films from all over the world are screened.

  • Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei
  • Open every day
Allied Plaza (Prince Edward MTR Station Exit B2)
Sally by Sally

Sally is the queen of shopping and loves finding a fashion, beauty or cosmetics bargain!

Allied Plaza is near the Prince Edward MTR Station B2 exit. This mall covers two levels of the latest fashion, beauty, and cosmetics from South Korea and Japan. The price-to-quality ratio is very good! Make sure you bring cash or an EPS/Union Pay card – not many places accept Visa or Mastercard.

  • 760 Nathan Rd, Mongkok, Kowloon
  • Open every day
Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Michael by Michael

Michael loves classical music and often goes to live concerts on weekends.

This concert hall has an 8,000-pipe Austrian organ, one of the largest mechanical tracker action organs in the world. Pay a visit to enjoy performances of concerts, dramas, operas and plays by local artists. There is also an annual music festival with world-class performances.

  • 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Open every day
Cheung Chau Island and Lamma Island
Sarah by Sarah

Backpacker Sarah has traveled to 25 countries and loves different cultures – and hiking!

Cheung Chau and Lamma Islands were once fishing villages. Today, they maintain part of their traditional customs. No vehicles are allowed on both islands, so when you land, it feels like you've arrived in wonderland! The islands are only 25 to 35 minutes on a fast ferry ride from Hong Kong Station (IFC).

  • Cheung Chau Island and Lamma Island
  • Open every day
Lei Yue Mun
Rita by Rita

Rita loves being in nature and learning about a city's history and culture.

Lei Yue Mun is an ideal place for relaxation. You'll also find some ruins of stone loading ramps for the former quarries next to the shore. To learn more about the history of Hong Kong's coastal defenses, visit the nearby Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defense, located inside a former fort.

  • Lei Yue Mun
  • Open every day
Cycling in the New Territories
Kyle by Kyle

Karaoke or Mahjong appealed to Kyle as a student, but now he loves cycling – a much healthier choice!

The New Territories will show you the real Hong Kong. Rent a bike in Tai Wai near the MTR station. The most common route is from Tai Wai to Tai Mei Tuk, passing by Sha Tin along the Shing Mun River and Science Park on Tolo Harbour. The scenery along the river and harbor on this 13-mile stretch is beautiful.

  • Start near Tai Wai MTR station
  • Open every day
Horizon Plaza
Karen by Karen

Karen is a shopaholic – for everything from luxury brands to groceries!

The Horizon Plaza is a 28-floor building filled with furniture shops, fashion factory outlets and department stores like Lane Crawford and Joyce Warehouse. I highly recommend heading to the top floor and walking down the stairs. There are many cafes in the building that are perfect for snacking!

  • 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong Island
  • Open every day 10 am – 7 pm
Ladies Markets in Mong Kok
Elaine by Elaine

Elaine loves to pick up souvenirs for friends, especially at the Ladies Market.

"Ladies Market" has a lot to offer. Even though it's called Ladies Markets, you'll find items for both genders, like clothing, accessories, handbags, watches, cosmetics and more! The market covers a half-mile stretch and some vendors don't have listed prices – so put your haggling skills to the test!

  • Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok
  • Open 12 pm – 11:59 pm
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Recommended in Hong Kong

Got to take lovely pictures at the Avenue of Stars by going there at 7am. After taking lots of pix, took the Star Ferry and went to HK Island. Walked to the Peak Tram station and before 9am there are no queues to purchase the tickets and boarding the Tram. Went down from the Peak at 9.50am and was the queues were already long as the many tour buses arriving at the station. Enjoyed Disneyland by going before noon and buying tickets in town instead of at the ticket counter.

Yes. In fact, the brand name stores are expensive in comparison with local retailers, like Fortress. The reason? Brand names appeal to the Mainland Chinese who flock to Hong Kong to find goods that will demonstrate their wealth. It is a case of conspicuous consumption and that is what keeps the Gucci, YSL, Dior, Armani, Louis Vuitton stores and their like in business. It is certainly not local HK buyers who are too canny. asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Hong Kong for food?

Many delicious Asian foods that I would have never known about, and ingredients fresh from the markets all over Hong Kong. I learned new ways to accent my American foods by tasting different things. Very happy.

For those first timer disneyland visitor, I would suggest to go for Hong Kong first as they are consider one of the smaller ones and a more reasonable priced.

Eat with a big group! It's essential for enjoying Chinese dining. That will make it possible to order a lot of dishes at once, and it's all made for sharing.

The Avenue of Stars and the top floor bar of the ICC Building. Go for the Sky100 bar if you want a nice setting or for Ozone if you want a hip, trendy bar.

I like the convenience of public transportation more and more though the pollution and smoking all around is always a shortfall.

Check out the new area in Sai Yin Pung up the Hill... 2nd street (its the name of the Street!)

electronics, ladies stuff and jade jewellery


Hong Kong Transportation

Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong's two-terminal airport is one of the busiest in Asia. The easiest way to get to Central Station is by train. Once you clear customs, follow the signs marked "Train." The Airport Express departs every 10 minutes from 5:54 am to 11:28 pm daily. You can buy tickets online or at counters or machines in the station.


Hong Kong's MTR metro system covers most of the city. Trains run from 5 am to 1 am daily and connect Hong Kong Island and Kowloon with Lantau, right up to the border with China. If you plan to travel extensively, invest in a reloadable Octopus Card, which can be used for both buses and trains. The lines are clean and easy to navigate, with clear English instructions and signs.


Citybus is the main bus operator for Hong Kong Island. To catch a bus, go to the main terminal at Exchange Square or get on at a bus stop. Destinations are displayed on the front of the bus in Chinese and English. Once you board, deposit the correct change into a fare box (no change given!). For convenience, buy an Octopus Card from a kiosk at the station. This allows you to check in and out on buses. Stick to the MTR trains for travel on the Kowloon side; they cover a wider area.


Taxis are easy to find – just stop at a taxi stand or hail one from the street. Fares are relatively low compared to western cities, and must be paid in Hong Kong Dollars. Taxis are color-coded according to their areas of operation. The red Urban Taxis are the most common, serving most destinations in Hong Kong. Keep the name of your hotel in Chinese on hand to show to the driver. It’s customary to round the fare up to the dollar, but tipping isn’t expected.


Rental cars can be arranged at the airport or in the city. Road conditions are excellent and signs are in English and Chinese. Road safety is a priority for the authorities, so there are harsh penalties for breaking the rules. Due to heavy congestion, driving in the center can be stressful, even when it's not rush hour. Parking and gas prices are also extremely high. Remember to keep your international driving license on you at all times.

Food in Hong Kong

Top Restaurants in Hong Kong

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Yung Kee Restaurant

Must order the roast goose! And if you're up for something new, the century eggs dish! If you're unsure of the location, just ask and there's usually a crowd, so you won't miss it!

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Kau Kee Beef Noodles

A truly classic Hong Kong eatery, Kau Kee serves up delicious bowl of Beef Brisket noodles in either a clear broth or curry. A little bit of a squeeze, you just might have to share your table with a stranger.

  • 21 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong
  • Open Monday to Saturday 12:30–22:30.
  • 00852 2850 5967
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Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop

Congee & Noodle Wantun were one of the most traditional local food for Hong Kong. It started in 50s on the food cart and being served on the street with stools. Tasty would bring you back the memories of old Hong Kong with clean environment, full varieties of traditional Hong Kong food in English menu and you won't find any better taste elsewhere.

  • 8 Finance Street, IFC - Central, Hong Kong
  • Open every day 07:00–23:00.
  • 00852 2295 0101
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Honolulu Coffee Shop

Do egg tarts, chicken wings and milk tea sound right up your alley? And oh yes, free wifi is available at this traditional "char chan teng" (tea house).

  • 33 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
  • Open every day 07:00–02:00.
  • 00852 2526 8063
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Lin Heung Tea House

With over 80+ years of history, this tea house is busiest in the early mornings where old folks gather to drink tea and enjoy a plate (or more) of dim sum! Be prepared to share tables, and have spontaneous conversations over "siew mais" and "char siew baos" with local senior citizens. Also, you need to run after the roaming dimsum carts to pick your dishes, no menus available! This place is NOT for the faint-hearted.

  • 160-164 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
  • Open every day 06:00–23:00.
  • 00852 2544 4556
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Lung King Heen

The world’s first Chinese restaurant to be awarded a three-star rating by Michelin, Lung King Heen specializes in Dim Sum and fresh seafood. Located in the Four Seasons, this refined restaurant boasts views of Victoria Harbour.

  • Podium 4, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
  • Open Monday-Saturday 12:00–14:30 and 18:00–22:30, Sunday 11:30–15:00 and 18:00–22:30.
  • 00852 3196 8880
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Chom Chom

Serving tapas-style modern Vietnamese dishes in a casual chill environment. They don't take reservations so go early, or expect to queue. Must-try dishes include the Salmon Tartare and Shaking Beef.

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If you've ever been to a Japanese izakaya, you'd know how crammed it can get after work with salarymen. Well, Ronin is just like that, but slightly classier. Offering omakase tasting menus (many dishes small portions), this place is for those who appreciate the intricacies of Japanese cuisine and not for those looking for a big meal. This place is small, so big groups are not recommended, though you can email ahead in advance for reservations.

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Little Bao

Little Bao serves modern Asian dishes in a diner setting, with chirpy servers to boot. Traditional dishes like Mac & Cheese are given an Asian twist, made using rice rolls and mentaiko cheese! Do also try the Pork Belly Bun and LB Ice Cream Sandwich!

  • G/F 66 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong
  • Open Monday to Saturday 18:00–00:00.
  • 00852 2194 0202
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Ms B's Cakery

With names like Banana Lust, Memoirs of a Geisha and Better Than Sex for their cakes, this cakery is bound to get your attention. It follows up with its presentation and delicious flavours.

  • 39 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong
  • Open every day 11:00–20:00.
  • 00852 2815 8303
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Yard Bird

Popular with expats and fashionable locals, this chic diner serves yummy yakitori (grilled Japanese-style chicken goodness on a stick) and an assortment of sake, shochu and wine. Some say they would even travel to HK just for a taste of their signature Korean fried cauliflower.

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Dim Sum Square

If you're looking for quality dim sum that's easy on the wallet, head on over to this cosy eatery. This mom-and-pop shop has the usual staples that are freshly prepared. Don't miss out on the creamy salted edd custard buns.

  • G/F 88 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
  • Open weekdays 10:00–22:00, weekends 08:00–20:00.
  • 00852 2851 8088
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Life Cafe

One of the longest established and best Western vegetarian restaurants in Central Hong Kong, right off of the Mid Levels escallator in Soho. There is great food and an outdoor seating area on the top floor which gives you a chance to sit down and relax. The avocado club sandwich is my all-time favorite

  • 10 Shelley Street, Soho, Hong Kong
  • Open Monday-Friday 12:00–22:00, Saturday-Sunday 09:00–16:00 and 18:00–22:00.
  • 00852 2810 9777
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Fantastic Indian restaurant located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui. Generous portions for a decent price.

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Cafe Deadend

This chic café houses fresh sandwiches and a delectable brunch spread. Meals are usually served in good portions and the atmosphere is always welcoming. Ideal for those who want to enjoy a leisurely afternoon and value outdoor seating.

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Coffee . Book

The cafe is situated on a quiet street which is about 5 minutes' walk away from the Univeristy of Hong Kong. You cannot fail to notice it because its wall is painted in orange and the doors and windows in green. You will feel relaxed once you step inside the cafe because of the soft lighting, the gentle music, and the nice smell of second-hand books. You can enjoy a piece of home-made cake and a cup of coffee, or even have a simple meal (spaghetti) while you are surrounded by thousands of good value second-hand English books on the shelves. If you look close enough, you will always be delighted to find one of those books in your reading list!

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Middle Eastern
Istanbul Express Turkish Restuarant

Offering a cosy ambience, this place serves tasty Turkishcuisines with mouth-watering desserts. The Istanbul Beef or Chicken Plate ispiled on a wonderful mixture of yoghurt, cubes of bread and covered in adelicious tomato based sauce. Be sure to sample their Baklava and you’lldefinitely be back for more!

  • G/F 66 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Open every day 09:00–22:00.
  • 00852 2865 0066
Upscale Dining
22 Ships

Celebrity chef Jason Atherton's HK restaurant serves up an imaginative menu of tapas dishes that are sure to impress your date.

  • 22 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Open Monday to Saturday 12:00–15:00 and 18:00–23:00, Sunday 12:00–14:30 and 18:00–22:00.
  • 00852 2555 0722
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Ham & Sherry

Sherry & Port wine bar with authentic Portugese food. This place is a hidden gems in the alley way, where the prices are very reasonal. They offer a wide range of Sherry and Port selection and the staff are very knowledgeable to explain and pick one for you. (especially for beginner) They offer seasonal main dish menu of seafood and meats. The meat boards (6 types of meats) are heavenly.

Upscale Dining
Bo Innovation

Helmed by chef Alvin Leung, this Michelin-rated restaurant specialises in what Chef Leung calls “X-treme” Chinese cuisine where traditional Chinese food gets a creative, modern makeover. Signature dishes include Molecular Xiao Long Bao, Foie Gras Mui Choy and Black Truffle Har Ga.

  • Shop 13, 2/F J Residence, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Open weekdays 12:00–15:00 and 19:00–00:00,Saturday 12:00–15:00 and 18:00–00:00.
  • 00852 2850 8371
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The Pawn

Set in a restored pawn shop, this charming restaurant serves British gastro-pub food at the dining room. Spread over 3 floors, it features an open air rooftop terraceand “living room” lounge area. Try the Angus prime rib, fish and chips and suckling pig with apple sauce.

Cheap Eats
Tai Cheong Bakery

Tai Cheong is reknown for its egg custard tarts among its other popular baked goodies. Have some as a snack and buy some to take back with you!

Upscale Dining
Dynasty Restaurant

Enjoy harbour views while dining on traditional Cantonese food at Dynasty. Located in Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, this elegant restaurant offersbarbecue pork, fresh crab claws deep fried in spicy salt and sautéed clam with asparagus in chilli sauce. Best for business meals or family gatherings.

  • 3/F Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Open every day 12:00–15:00, 18:00–23:00.
  • 00852 2584 6971
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Kam Fung Restaurant

Touristy and crowded with good reason, this Hong Kong-style café serves freshly baked egg tarts, bo lo (pineapple) bun with butter and their signature chicken pie. Wash it all down with chilled milk tea.

  • G/F Spring Garden Mansion, 41 Spring Garden Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Open every day 06:00–19:00.
  • 00852 2572 0526
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Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists

Snaking crowds throng this Michelin starred eatery known for its traditional dim sum at affordable prices. Must try items include baked bun withbarbecued pork, pan fried turnip cake, vermicelli roll stuffed with pig’s liver and steamed egg cake

  • Shop 72, G/F Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong
  • Open every day 09:00–21:00.
  • 00852 2332 2896
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