11 Things To Do Over Easter In Hong Kong
With international travel still off the table, all of us are once again spending a long weekend in Hong Kong. But just because we can't travel right now, it doesn't mean that we don't have anything to look forward to. The long weekend allows for time to indulge in good food and Easter treats, along with seeing more of what Hong Kong has to offer.
Whether it's a relaxing staycation, a joyful Easter dinner or a fun day out in the sun, there's plenty to do this Easter.
1/11 Indulge in all the good food
Hong Kong's restaurant scene is pulling out all the stops for the long weekend, offering some of the best dishes to enjoy this season.
Whether you're looking for Sunday roast, afternoon tea or a brunch, you'll be spoiled for choice. Easter also wouldn't be complete without an Easter egg and a number of places are welcoming you to indulge in this sweet treat to get in the spirit of spring.
2/11 Spend a day out in the sun
Enjoy some fun out in the sun and away from the crowds at one of Hong Kong's best hidden picnic spots––the ideal way to make the most out of the long Easter weekend and enjoy Hong Kong's green spaces and lovely spring weather with family and friends––just don't forget to pack your picnic basket.
See also: 10 Hidden Picnic Spots In Hong Kong To Visit
3/11 Visit a new neighbourhood
With international travel off the cards, most of us have been exploring Hong Kong more and more over the last year. Think you've seen all of the city? Well, think again. There are so many neighbourhoods to discover or revisit. Given how things change in this fast-paced city, this long weekend is the perfect time to pause, rewind and take our time to explore one or more of our city's neighbourhoods.
From the up-and-coming Tsuen Wan, to the bustling neighbourhood of Whampoa, the charming Tai Hang, and the majestic views over at Tung Chung, there's plenty to choose from.
See also: The Tatler Guide To Hong Kong's Neighbourhoods
4/11 Spring clean your home
By now, you've most likely heard of Marie Kondo's KonMari method, keeping only those things that "spark joy".
To some, spring cleaning might sound overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be boring. It could actually help boost your mood and energy and a great way to spend time with your family and friends while welcoming a fresh start. Leave it to the experts to do the major revamps, you can start simple: from changing your wardrobe, to finding the right air purifier, cleaning your jewellery and giving your home a new look.
At the end of spring cleaning, your living space—which is now more important than ever due to the pandemic—is going to spark even more joy.
See also: A Fresh Start: 7 Ways To Spring Clean Your Home
5/11 Watch a movie
Cinemas are open again and it's the perfect time to see a movie on the big screen. While Netflix has definitely kept us company throughout the pandemic, there's nothing like seeing a movie at the theatre.
Whether you choose the cinema or Netflix, the long weekend calls for you to see that movie or series you've been putting on hold, whether it's Asian-led movies, Oscar-nominated titles or inspirational ones to jumpstart spring, there's plenty to choose from.
See also: 9 New Movies To Watch Now That Cinemas Are Open In Hong Kong
6/11 Join an Easter egg Hunt
Looking for an outdoor activity with your friends and family while still practising social distancing? An Easter egg hunt is the ideal choice.
Perfect for Easter, Hong Kong Gold Coast's digital easter egg hunt is returning from April 1–6 which you can play with the whole family. Look for the Easter eggs scattered throughout Gold Coast, scan the QR codes on the eggs and earn game points. The higher points you collect, the more prizes you can redeem ranging from free accommodations at the Gold Coast Hotel, gift vouchers, dining coupons and other gifts totalling above HK$880,000.
To participate, you can purchase a ticket here.
See also: The Most Luxurious Easter Eggs To Buy In Hong Kong For Easter 2021
7/11 Treat yourself
A long weekend is the best time to unwind and treat yourself. Leave your worries behind and enjoy a pamper session at Hong Kong's luxury hotel spaces, whether you're in need of a relaxing massage, facial or manicure, there's plenty to choose from.
If you prefer to relax at home, you can simply recreate your own luxury hotel spa experience. With the pandemic ongoing, be sure to prioritise self-care and maintain a good work-life balance.
See also: The Best Hotel Spas In Hong Kong—Plus Top Spa Treatments To Try
8/11 Explore the great outdoors
When we think of Hong Kong, we often conjure up images of skyscrapers and our well-beloved skyline. But our city is also home to a number of places to enjoy nature, be it hiking trails, outlying islands or waterfalls. You can even bring your furry friend along to some of your hikes.
For an alternative activity, try forest bathing, a holistic therapeutic experience for your mind, body and spirit. If you want some greenery but still prefer to stay close to the city centre, there are a lot of green spaces to unwind and enjoy a day out.
See also: 6 Hong Kong Heritage Hiking Trails To Explore
9/11 Discover Hong Kong's hidden gems
The pandemic has become a double-edged sword when it comes to travel. We ay not be able to go overseas and explore new places, but it has meant that we have more time to instead see the best of what Hong Kong has to offer. Neighbourhoods and islands we'd usually miss have now become our go-to destinations. And while Hong Kong is just a small city, it's packed with hidden gems.
The outlying islands of Cheung Chau and Lamma Island might be on most people's list, but Hong Kong also has a number of secret islands that many have not yet explored. You can also take a trip down memory lane and visit some of the city's remaining traditional villages, packed with the history and culture of our city. Most of these villages have been abandoned and it may be best to see them out before they fade away completely.
See also: 7 Things You Will Only Find In Hong Kong
10/11 Admire nature
It might not be so well-known in Hong Kong since spring is short-lived compared to neighbouring Japan or South Korea, but we still have our fair share of beautiful flowers to admire. Over this long weekend, why not go and see seasonal flora right here in Hong Kong? You might be surprised to know that you can actually see cherry blossoms right here in the city.
But other than the famed sakura, there's a lot more to see: the red cotton tree makes for an extra romantic scenery, the striking colours of the Bauhinia are breathtaking, the colourful hydrangea is the perfect companion while you're on a picnic and the classic sunflower is a real beauty worth seeing.
See also: 7 Cherry Blossom Spots To Visit In Hong Kong
11/11 Enjoy a staycation
It's the holiday season and Hong Kong's hotels are all hands on deck to offer stellar staycation packages, luring the hearts of food lovers, pet owners and discerning guests. Thanks to the long Easter weekend, many staycation packages are combining Easter treats with long holiday offers. Whether it's great dining options, or just a relaxing weekend with friends or family, there's so much to choose from.
See also: The Best Hong Kong Staycations To Book For Easter 2021