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Romantic highs in Hong Kong

10th February 2014 Print
Hong Kong

With an international reputation for luxury and with more than a hint of the exotic, Hong Kong is the ideal place to indulge your romantic side. Furthermore, Cupid's bow will strike twice in Hong Kong this year as the Chinese (Spring Lantern Festival) and Western Valentine's Day fall on the same date. For couples who want to go beyond chocolate covered strawberries or singletons looking to find love, Hong Kong may be the ideal romantic getaway.

Spring Lantern Festival

The Spring Lantern Festival or 'Chinese Valentine's Day' falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month, the last day of Chinese New Year celebrations. On this day couples spend time together on what's informally known as 'Chinese Valentine's Day', a title also awarded to the Seven Sisters Festival. In the past, singles would play matchmaking games on this auspicious day. Whether you're single or coupled up, Hong Kong is especially beautiful during this event, with colourful lanterns adorning the parks, flower markets and restaurants.

International Speed Dating

As testament to its cosmopolitan flair, this year Hong Kong will host the world's first ever international speed dating event. The HK Love Hub Speed Dating Event will be held at Ocean Park from 14 to 16 February, Ocean Park is a famous HK spot for romance, having seen 50 proposals and 50 weddings. Forty-eight pairs of love struck participants will speed-date at three of the most iconic and romantic spots in Ocean Park.

Romantic Heights

Should you tire of looking into your lover's eyes, The Peak offers unrivalled views of the iconic Hong Kong skyline to gaze upon. Make your way up to this Hong Kong romantic spot via the historic Peak Tram to add a touch of old school, colonial glamour to your date. If you want to take it up a notch and get pulses going, arrange a breathtaking helicopter ride to take in the cityscape.

Sailing into the Sunset

Sail into someone's heart by renting out one of the city's quintessential junk boats. Board the last authentic Chinese sailing junk in Hong Kong and set sail into the city's beautiful harbour for a 360-degree view of its jaw-dropping skyline, or hire-out a private yacht and sail off to one of Hong Kong's many outlying islands to enjoy a secluded picnic on your own private beach. The Harbour Night Cruise takes in the best sunset views of Victoria Harbour district while the iconic Star Ferry allows you to sail back in time to 1920s Hong Kong on-board the beautiful double-decker recreation of the ferries that graced Victoria Harbour back in the Roaring Twenties

With Food & Love

They say the best way to someone's heart is through their stomach, if the old adage is to be believed then you couldn't find yourself in a better city than Hong Kong to win over the object of your desires. For dinner with a view, finished with sundowner cocktails try one of the world famous rooftop bars or restaurants such as Nanhai No. 1, where you can watch the world famous Symphony of Lights or try the Hooray Bar for a glistening view of the city from a beautiful outdoor terrace.  If you fancy something a bit more intimate why not hire out one of the city's internationally renowned private kitchens such as Yin Yang or Ta Pantry.

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