Top 10 Things to Do in Hong Kong, July 17-25
Sushi and sake cocktails, a walk after dark in search of bats and fireflies, plus all-you-can-eat dim sum with beer—it's another busy week in Hong Kong. Plus, Britpop darlings Blur are back in town to perform.
The annual Hong Kong Book Fair isn’t just a place to buy the new “Fifty Shades”: You can also check out talks from writers. Today, catch the panel discussion “How and What and Why Do Writers Write?” (5-7pm). No, seriously, why?
Through Jul 21. Theatre 1, HKCEC, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai. $25 at the door.
Can’t take the heat? Catch the last two sessions of Endless Summer at The Pulse—there’ll be water gun fights, water soccer and even water bowling. Prefer to stay dry? Look out for the outdoor movie screenings and live DJ shows—all alongside burgers, ice cream and booze.
Jul 18 & 25, noon-8pm. Rooftop, The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd., Repulse Bay. $180 from www.thepulse.com.hk.
Check out the third edition of Cosy Market in Sham Shui Po, an all-day hipster flea market offering vintage clothing, handmade accessories and home-baked goodies.
1-7pm. G/F, 108 Ki Lung St., Sham Shui Po. Visit www.facebook.com/cosymarket for info.
Mondays and Tuesdays don’t always have to be quiet. The Mira’s lounge bar Room One has just launched a new promo offering free-flow sushi and saketinis for three hours, which is just about enough time to get
Mon-Tue, 7-10pm. 118 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2368-1111. $288 per person.
Join Hiking Tours on the Bats and Fireflies walk, which takes you on a two-hour, 7km-roam after dark to teach hikers about the nocturnal critters of the New Territories. Just FYI: bats will not attack or get stuck in your hair—they’re way too good at flying.
Jul 21, 28, 8pm. Meeting point: Exit C, Fanling MTR. $130 from hikingtours.hk.
Last time Albarn, Coxon et al. were here, Blur was inspired by the city to make its latest album, “The Magic Whip.” The Britpop band is back in town to perform—no doubt with an extra dose of Hong Kong-style nostalgia.
8pm. Grand Hall, HKCEC, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai. $480-880 from www.hkticketing.com.
Calling all tai-tais (and wannabes): Aberdeen Street Social has paired up with makeup brand Nars for an afternoon tea. Nibble on light bites like pink raspberry and lemon balm éclairs—all made with colorful icing. Best of all, you’ll get a free eyeliner and lip gloss plus a voucher for a free makeup service.
Through Jul 31, Mon-Fri, 2:30-5:30pm. G/F, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St., Central, 2866-0300. $288 for two.
This is your last chance to see “Beauty and the Beast,” staged at the Venetian to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Do it… before the petals drop off the rose or whatever.
Through Jul 26. Venetian Theatre, The Venetian, Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, Taipa, Macau, (+853) 2882-8888. $280-680 from www.cotaiticketing.com.
Photo: Amy Boyle
Looking to do something a little different on a Saturday night? Head to Blues Night inside Lai Yuen Super Summer 2015 to jam with local jazz musicians. BYO instruments.
8-10pm. Central Harbourfront. Free. Visit www.jazzforfun.hk for info.
Wellington Street mainstay Loyal Dining is teaming up with Tsingtao to bring us Thirsty Thursday—with free-flow dim sum and beer! For two hours, you can stuff yourself with all the xiaolongbao, har gao and siu mai you can handle, washed down with good ol’ fashioned Tsingtao. Yum bui!
Thursdays, 10:30pm-1:30am. 66 Wellington St., Central, 3125-3000. $298 per person.