byNina Fedrizzi| Feb 7, 2017
Since the Beijing Olympics in 2008, equestrian events have continued to grow in popularity in China, and show jumping in particular. This week, one of the sport’s most prominent competitions will take center stage, and all eyes in one of the world’s most populous cities will be upon it.
The final, Asian leg of the Longines Masters Grand Slam will take place in Hong Kong from February 10-12, 2017. Now in its fifth year, the show has earned a prominent place on the city’s social and cultural calendar, even winning a Gold Award for ‘Best Live Experience at a Professional Sporting Event’ at the Sports Industry Awards Asia (SPIA) in 2016. In conjunction with three days of world-class show jumping, the event supports local and international charities while offering a host of artistic and culinary entertainment, as well as premier shopping at its Prestige Village.
Many of the event activities have been designed in consultation with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, a prestigious horse racing operator, membership club, and community benefactor for more than 130 years. We chatted with Raena Leung—a Jockey Club equestrian team member, elite rider, and Hong Kong native—for her picks on where to stay and what to see, eat, and do in “Asia’s World City”.
WHERE TO STAY
- The Peninsula Hong Kong, a 1928 “Grand Dame of the East.”
- The Upper House, with 117 calming rooms and suites designed by architect Andre Fu.
WHERE TO EAT
- Cantonese food with the city skyline as your backdrop at Tin Lung Heen.
- More than 100 varieties of traditional Dim Sum served on old-style pushcarts at Maxim’s Palace City Hall.
- All-you-can-eat Sunday brunch at Zuma in the Landmark.
- Midnight snacks at Ichiran Japanese Ramen, open 24 hours.
WHERE TO SHOP
- IFC Mall in the International Financial Centre.
- Harbour City, the city’s largest mall, with 450 shops.
- Soak in the local atmosphere at Temple Street Night Market.
- Stanley Market for silk garments, souvenirs, costume jewelry and more.
WHERE TO PLAY
- Breathtaking views of the harbor and city at The Peak on Mount Austin.
- Watch a horse race at the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
- Lan Kwai Fong, the city’s popular expat haunt, for dining, drinking, and dancing.
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