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Arts Mid-Autumn Festival: How To Moon Gaze In Style In Hong Kong

Mid-Autumn Festival: How To Moon Gaze In Style In Hong Kong

night sky with star trails over 2 dume tents
Photo: Tse Hon Ning/Getty Images
By Hong Kong Tatler
September 12, 2019
From glamping in geodesic domes to flying to the moon—well, as close as a helicopter or private jet can go—here are the most luxurious ways to go moon gazing in Hong Kong for this year's Mid-Autumn Festival

Hire a helicopter

Photo: Andrew Wulf
Photo: Andrew Wulf

In the words of Frank Sinatra, "fly me to the moon."

What better way to see the full moon up close on Mid-Autumn Festival than with a breathtaking helicopter ride around the city, where you'll find yourself surrounded by stars above and Hong Kong's glittering skyscrapers below. 

See also: The Most Jaw-Dropping Helicopter Experiences In Hong Kong And Macau

Go glamping

night sky with star trails over 2 dume tents
Photo: Tse Hon Ning/Getty Images

Sai Yuen Farm on Cheung Chau has chic geodesic domes available to rent.

Perched on clifftops above the island's stunning rock formations, they're strategically placed for utmost privacy and stargazing. Waking up to the sound of waves and endless sea views isn't bad, either. 

The property also has Mongolian gers, teepees and safari tents for hire, but the domes are without a doubt the most stylish option.

 

Do a night hike

Photo: Pauline Mae de Leon
Photo: Pauline Mae de Leon

Hiking views in Hong Kong are stunning during the day, and they can be even more spectacular at night. 

If you're not a fan of scrambling over dirt trails in the dark, there are urban walks—like Bowen Road Fitness Trail and the Peak Morning Trail—that are better lit and offer an easy, flat stroll with panoramic views. 

See also: Hong Kong Hikes—Plus Where To Eat And Drink After

Get out of the city

Photo: airbnb.com
Photo: airbnb.com

Yes, out of the city, but we didn't say out of Hong Kong. 

On Hong Kong's outlying islands, you'll find peace, quiet and clear skies free from the city's light pollution. From Sai Kung to Lamma Island to Cheung Chau, there are some seriously charming Airbnb properties that are perfect for a mini getaway. 

See also: 5 Luxe Hong Kong Airbnb Properties For A Staycation Out Of The City

Wine and dine outdoors

Photo: Courtesy of Wooloomooloo
Photo: Courtesy of Wooloomooloo

The moon is full and the weather is finally cooling down, so there's no time like the present to check out some of Hong Kong's best al fresco bars and restaurants. 

Whether it's a bustling rooftop bar or a leafy restaurant terrace, the city has no shortage of outdoor options with some pretty impressive vistas. It also makes for the perfect date—dinner and drinks by moonlight, what's not to love?

See also: Editors' Picks: Best Al Fresco Restaurants And Rooftop Bars In Hong Kong

Plan the perfect flight route

Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

With a little bit of research, you can plan your flight time—and choose your seat—to get the best possible view of the full moon this Mid-Autumn Festival.

We recommend mooncalc.org to track the moon's position, and planefinder.net to see flight routes.  Then, just book your flight accordingly.

If you can't find something you like, you can always fly private. 

See also: How To Charter A Private Jet In Hong Kong 

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