Discover Hong KongMany thanks to Ms. Piera Chen, travel writer, for the following description of the local events in November 2019.
November is a big foodies' month in Hong Kong - two dedicated mega-events back-to-back ensure all of your cravings will be met at one of the world's top culinary capitals. Live music and art come a close second, with music festivals covering the spectrum of sounds from Schumann to shoegaze, and a top literary event at a historic site. November's pleasant weather also makes it a great month to hit the city's fabulous hiking trails and explore its geological treasures. If you're happier just watching, there's the Hong Kong Open and the Macau Grand Prix, which ever gets your adrenaline flowing.
Food and Wine
If you're coming to town early, the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival (31 Oct - 3 Nov) offers non-stop wine-tasting and feasting at the Central Harbourfront. If not, don't worry. Following close on the heels of this festival is the month-long Great November Feast, with a massive line-up of wine and spirit fairs, gourmet carnivals, and food crawls. Participating restaurants will offer limited-edition dishes prepared by celebrated and celebrity chefs during the month. Whether you're after fine dining or street eats, Hong Kong heirloom recipes or Michelin Star fusions, whether your stomach is curious or just hungry, you are bound to find something you like.
Clockenflap (22 - 24 Nov) is an exhilarating outdoor live music extravaganza. For three days, bands and musicians from all over the world will descend on the picturesque Central Harbourfront to perform music in a plethora of genres - indie, rock, jazz, metal, pop, electronic music, world music…you name it. Last year's line-up included English indie rock band The Vaccines, American R&B artist Khalid, indie rock giant Interpol, and Amadou & Mariam, a musical duo from Mali. The multi-stage event will also feature silent discoes, fun activities for children and art workshops during the day, and after parties every night.
The 10-day Hong Kong International Literary Festival in November brings together overseas and local writers in a programme that includes seminars, readings, book signings, and literary lunches. Authors featured have included Seamus Heaney, Margaret Atwood, Amitav Ghosh, Hong Kong's own Dung Kai-cheung, Xu Xi and Tammy Ho.
The 2018 edition of the festival took place at the historic Tai Kwun. This handsome site which underwent an extended restoration by architects Herzog & de Meuron is worth visiting, even if you want to get away from words and reading. Formerly the Central Police Station Compound, the venue has 16 buildings erected between the late 19th century and the 1920s, that together served as a one-stop shop for law and order – police station, magistracy, and prison. It's now a centre for heritage and the arts, with a side of alfresco bars, lovey tea houses, and fashion and souvenir boutiques.
One of the most prominent golf tournaments in the Asia-Pacific, the Hong Kong Open (22 - 25 Nov) will take place at the world-class greens of the Fanling Golf Club, about 23 km from your conference venue in Shatin. The event is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours. Complementing the action on-site will be a host of off-course entertainment for the whole family, including live music, bouncy castles, and barbecues. Buy tickets here.
If you like watching car-racing, it's worth catching the final day of the octane-fueled Macau Grand Prix (14 - 17 Nov). The annual mega-event sees the world's top Formula 3, World Touring Car Cup (WTCC), and motorcycle racers competing along the challenging Guia Street circuit in the former Portuguese colony. After your conference in Shatin, head to the China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui and board the ferry to Macau. If time allows, have a good meal at one of the many award-winning restaurants - Macanese, Chinese, Portuguese or French, it's your call. Then get ready for the action on Sunday. You can consider staying one or two more days in Macau, sightseeing, playing the tables, and enjoying more excellent meals.
Hong Kong is one of Asia's top hiking destinations and autumn is the best time to explore the city's stunning hills and country parks. Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, and the New Territories are crisscrossed by dozens of trails featuring all types of landscape – beaches and grottoes, volcanic rock formations, old villages and temples, and freshwater wetlands. They are searchable by distance, location, type, and level of difficulty on the government's dedicated website. The majority of routes are within an hour's travel-time from an urban settlement.
One stand-out is the High Island Trail in Sai Kung, which runs through the awe-inspiring UNESCO Global Geopark. You can venture out on your own since the route is part of the Maclehose Trail, but if time allows, do consider joining the half-day guided tour for a more in-depth understanding. With its sea caves, hexagonal volcanic columns, and the handsome East Dam of High Island Reservoir, this area gives you a taste of the 150 km² Geopark which also lays claim to wave-whipped islets, colourful sedimentary landform, wetlands teaming with life, and a 300-year-old Hakka village. The best way to experience more of the Geopark is by joining a full-day boat tour.