Hong Kong—An intoxicating blend of east and west

This article was excerpted from the Wall Street Journal’s Insider’s Guide to Hong Kong.

Named for the sandalwood incense stores once ubiquitous along its docks, Hong Kong remains an intoxicating place where east meets west. Its spectacular skyline and vertical cityscape juxtaposes with tremendous official park land and wildlife reserves holding Chinese porcupines, macaques, leopards and wild boar. View it from Victoria Peak, one of the city’s top attractions.

Hong King is becoming a premier destination spot for adventurous foodies, with street vendor grills alongside a growing number of restaurants conceived by celebrity European chefs. A spring-opening Ritz- Carlton hotel will feature the world’s highest infinity pool, 118 floors above the earth’s surface.

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The Mandarin Oriental. It’s nothing short of spectacular. Its Clipper Lounge has one of the best high teas in the city and the Man Wah restaurant is gorgeous. 5 Connaught Rd., mandarinoriental.com/hongkong

Fook Lam Moon. This place has the best duck, and thousand-year-old eggs! You expect James Bond to walk in at any moment. 35-45 Johnston Rd., fooklammoon-grp.com

Lily and Bloom. The two-story Prohibition Era-inspired space is gorgeous. Upstairs is Lily, a cigar and whisky room. Downstairs is Bloom, a raw bar and brasserie. LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St., lily-bloom.com

Tsui Wah Restaurant. For after-hours eating, this franchise location is the spot where all the night owls go for inexpensive, tasty food. 15-19 Wellington St., tsuiwahrestaurant.com

Sevva and Feather Boa. Sevva’s great for fantastic skyline views. Feather Boa is more discreet; there’s no entrance sign at this late-19th-century salon that serves cocktails like “choco-straw martinis.” Sevva: Prince’s Building, 25th floor, 10 Chater Rd., sevva.hk; Feather Boa: 38 Staunton St., 852-2857-2586

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Hong Kong Space Museum. This planetarium dome is amazing, filled with spacecraft replicas. Through Feb. 28, the OMNIMAX theatre is showing “Under the Sea,” featuring bizarre sea creatures. 10 Salisbury Rd., hk.space.museum

Para/Site Art Space. This contemporary gallery, which opened in 1996, continues to showcase great upcoming and established artists. The political cartoonist Dan Perjovschi’s solo show just opened. 4 Po Yan St., para-site.org.hk

This article was excerpted from the Wall Street Journal’s Insider’s Guide to Hong Kong.

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