Local Obsessions

The Path to Good Fortune in Hong Kong

by Jeralyn Gerba
HK Park. All photos by Jeralyn Gerba unless noted otherwise.

HONG KONG – They say that the natural shape of Hong Kong Island (high ground on the backside and an unobstructed Victoria Harbor view in front) gives the city very good feng shui. Become one with the grand city! Recognize golden opportunities when you see them.

HK Market

HK Market

Various market scenes.


Feel free to be fiery: A little haggling makes you stronger. Ladies Market in Mong Kok, Stanley Market on the backside of the island, and Temple Street Night Market are good places to show your teeth.

HK park

Stroll through HK Park.


Hong Kong Park is a garden oasis surrounded by skyscrapers. When the crowds become too much for you, detour through the tropical aviary. (Free bird-watching tours happen every Wednesday.)

Big Buddha

That's a pretty big buddha. Photo: edwin.11 / Flickr


Take the train to Tung Chung Station and then a cable car up to the 112-foot Tian Tan Buddha (aka Big Buddha) on Hong Kong's Lantau island. It is customary to throw your coins at the tranquil bronze statue. (Guess you've got to give a little to get a little.)


Sizing up the suiting at Moustache.


Any gent will look like a million bucks with a Shanghainese pedicure from The Mandarin Barber. Moustache custom-tailors slim-fit suits (with great patterns) for the fellas.

Fungus Workshop

Fungus Workshop.


Education has infinite rewards, so jump right into the city's DIY movement. Tallensia Floral Art hosts "flower-jamming" sessions where you make your own arrangements. Oscary Wine & Art is a cafe that provides canvas and paint for creative impulses. Fungus Workshop is a cozy workspace for making small leather goods.

Star Ferry

Ahoy. Start Ferry. Photo: Bracketing Life / Flickr


Get nautical. Star Ferry runs between HK Island and Kowloon and is one of the best (and cheapest) ways to see the whole city at once. An evening ride shows off the especially glittery side of the Hong Kong Island.


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