Health, Mindfulness and Sustainability in Hong KongLEFAIR
Writer Jennifer Wolan @jenniferwolan
Hong Kong is one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world— a true melting pot of cultures and lifestyles. Hong Kong locals don’t associate themselves with China so this means Hong Kong’s food, culture and vibe are very much imported from other countries. As a unique blend of east and west cultures, a hub for tourists, and shopping and business meetings, it may seem difficult to lead a healthy, relaxed lifestyle within this bustling city. Stay calm! Here are 7 ways to maintain beauty in a chaotic place like Hong Kong:
1. Gravitate to the Quiet
While the whole world might look like their experiencing stressful times in one of the top financial cities in the world, you do not need to be one of them. Find the quiet in the city and head to the Hong Kong Park in Central. It’s not a whole climb like the tourist-fed mountain, Victoria Peak, but an oasis jungle filled with swinging bridges and beauty.
2. Eat Well
It might seem that heading to the most authentic places would be the best choice whenever you’re traveling but in Hong Kong, all of the food is imported from other cities. It’s best to choose a sustainable healthy food store like Mana! Slow Food Kitchen right in Central Hong Kong. These health food shops cost the same as eating anywhere else and with Mana’s commitment to zero food waste, you can feel good about the meal you’re receiving.
3. Head Out of The City
Although many times gloomy, don’t let the weather tear you away from finding the real beauty. Hong Kong is made up of many islands so taking a ferry to an island like Peng Chaug can drastically improve your stay. Other islands include Lamma Island and Lantau Island. Head to an expat-driven bay called Discovery Bay and check out the Siena Club where you get an all-day guest pass and can hangout at the incredible pool overlooking the city. And don’t forget about the Diamond Hill hike that ends at the beach.
4. Take a Beach Day
Beach days are absolutely necessary and don’t feel guilty about taking a few! Thankfully, finding a beach is really easy in Hong Kong. Take the new MTR train to southern Hong Kong at a Miami-chic town called Stanley Island. There you can find amazingly clean beaches and some of the freshest health food on the island. Head to the Chez Patrick restaurant where the fresh baguette and salmon yogurt sandwich will complete your beach day!
5. People Watch
People watching can turn your stay in Hong Kong from chaos to mindfully peaceful. Grab a cafe, tea or glass of wine at Staunton’s Wine Bar & Cafe. It’s at the top of the famous central elevators in Hong Kong and known to be the best people-watching location in all of Hong Kong.
6. Find Your Balance in a Yoga Class
Thankfully, yoga is popular all over the world, but it can be especially easy to find in Hong Kong. You can find a class to take within an hour in the central area and find your Namaste in a quick minute. Ashtanga, Vinyasa or Yin Yoga classes are at your fingertips and offer first-time guest passes for relatively inexpensive prices.
7. Connect With People
Two Facebook groups to know are Hiking in Hong Kong and Girls LOVE Travel. Both are excellent resources to meet up in Hong Kong and keep your social life active, happy and healthy! What’s travel without meeting new friends, hanging out and exploring new lands?
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