9 Things To Do In Hong Kong On New Year's Day
With 2021 looming, travel still on hold and social distancing measures still in force, you may be looking for different ways to spend the first day of the year. Although celebrations may be different this year, that doesn't mean we can't find ways to welcome 2021. We're breaking down some of the things you can do to ring in the new year, whether it's a staycation, a delicious meal or discovering some of Hong Kong's hidden gems. Your first day of 2021, sorted!
1/9 Feast on a delicious brunch
There are few things better for the first day of the new year than a delicious brunch. Lucky for us, an array of restaurants are pulling out all the stops, offering the best food to ring in 2021. Whether you're looking for Japanese food, scrumptious Spanish delights or a taste of Italy, there's bound to be something for you to enjoy.
2/9 Explore a new neighbourhood
Discover a new neighbourhood in the wonderful city that we call home. Make use of the new start to visit one of Hong Kong's most charming neighbourhoods, or revisit your old favourites––from bustling Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui to up and coming hubs such as Whampoa and Tsuen Wan.
If you'd like to venture further out to seaside towns such as Tai O and Sai Kung, our neighbourhood guides are the perfect companion to tell you the best places to eat, drink and shop.
See also: The Tatler Guide To Hong Kong's Neighbourhoods
3/9 Embrace the great outdoors
Hong Kong's staggering skyscrapers and beautiful skyline may be iconic, but we enjoy the best of both worlds here. Blessed with natural gems from green spaces, islands, hiking trails, beaches, picnic spots, country parks and so much more––it's almost like we'll never run out of things to enjoy.
If you're looking to embrace nature in 2021, escape the fast-paced life in the city and enjoy quality time in the great outdoors this New Year's Day.
See also: 6 Lesser-Known Hikes To Try In Hong Kong
4/9 Get fit and pampered
Gyms and spas might be closed, but that doesn't mean you can't recreate the experience in the comfort of your own home. Along with various gyms offering online workout classes, achieve your fitness goals by investing in at-home gym equipment, eco-friendly yoga mats and even workout video games.
After a rigorous workout, a pamper is the best way to relax. Create your own home spa experience using various beauty gadgets, from face rollers to sheet masks.
See also: Tatler Insiders On The Best Of Fitness And Outdoors In Hong Kong
5/9 Netflix and party
Binge-watching Netflix has offered some much-needed comfort in 2020. And while it may sound mundane, a relaxing and no-fuss way to start the new year is by having your own Netflix party marathon.
We're spoiled for choice—from Korean dramas and travel shows to exciting true crime stories and fun food shows, there's a lot to choose from. But if you're still feeling the festive vibe, Christmas movies and family-friendly flicks are still available for your enjoyment.
See also: 10 of the Biggest Netflix Shows of 2020
6/9 Book a staycation
While we would love to be travelling this festive season, you can still unwind, relax and enjoy a simple staycation in the city this new year.
International travel might be off the table, but Hong Kong has plenty to offer, from five-star hotels, boutique stays, glamping sites, luxury houseboats and Airbnb listings for that sought-after holiday experience.
See also: The Most Instagrammable Spots In Hong Kong’s Luxury Hotels
7/9 Get creative
Channel your inner creatives and spend the first day of 2021 at one of the city's artjamming studios––the perfect post-New Year brunch activity to spend with your friends and families, let the time flow and your imagination run wild.
If you're up for getting your hands dirty, there are also pottery and ceramics studios in the city where you can create your own masterpiece.
See also: 7 Art Jamming Studios In Hong Kong
8/9 Explore a secret island
On the hunt for the city's hidden gems? Ring in 2021 with a visit to one of Hong Kong's little-known islands.
Escape the frenzy of city and cure your wanderlust with a day spent exploring, from the picturesque island of Peng Chau, to the abandoned Hakka village in Yim Tin Tsai, and the great outdoors of Sharp Island,
See also: 10 Secret Islands To Visit In Hong Kong
9/9 Welcome the first sunrise
While it's not widely observed in Hong Kong, the first sunrise of the new year is believed to bring early risers good luck in Japan, so much that it's become one of the most popular activities to do there.
We may not be able to travel to the Land of the Rising sun in time for the new year but we can surely go sunrise hopping in our own backyard. There seems no better way to ring in a fresh start than by welcoming the first sunrise, first thing in the morning.
See also: 7 Places To See The Sunrise In Hong Kong