Vivienne Tang

Vivienne is in publishing from the earliest start and founded her own travel & wellness online magazine DestinationDeluxe.com. She grew up in London and Switzerland and now calls Hong Kong her home. We are happy and proud to show you her Hong Kong.

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On a weekend, I like to escape the city and head to the Sheung Luk Stream Waterfall in Tai Long Wan. But if it’s a regular weekday I kick-start my morning with a quick hike up to The Peak. If it’s a clear day I spend some time to take in the breathtaking scenery.

Back in the city, I like to grab a cold pressed, raw juice at Genie Juicery, and a coffee at Fineprint. I like the fact that they offer almond milk, which is still a rarity in Hong Kong at the moment.

Then I’ll go for some meetings, possibly at Metta, which is a cool co-working hub for entrepreneurs. It’s smack bang in the middle of Lan Kwai Fong in Central, which is most famous for its busy night scene.

At 1pm (Hong Kongers eat lunch at 1 o’clock) I’m off to a business lunch. I normally choose between Gonpachi a Japanese resto that serves signature hand-pounded homemade buckwheat soba noodles or Grassroots Pantry, which pioneers Hong Kong’s plant-based scene with the finest vegan and vegetarian dishes. The trendy restaurant has been making quite a name for itself with its healthy menu.

Since I’m in the area, I might as well head next door for some retail therapy at Caelum Greene. The store is Hong Kong’s first dedicated athleisure and lifestyle boutique, marrying fashion and wellness. It offers the latest activewear but also beauty and home products, such as natural skincare, candles and teas. I also come here for the occasional meditation.

After all that shopping I’m in need of a pick-me-up coffee and some cake at Oldish. The cute café is decorated with retro and vintage items.

If the afternoon isn’t too busy I head to the Chi Lin Nunnery. The Buddhist temple complex is one of the most serene places in Hong Kong. I love the ancient architecture juxtaposed against the skyline of the modern skyscrapers. Totally Instagram worthy!

Around 6:30pm it’s time to head to the barre – but not that kind of bar. Based on Pilates and stretching, the group class at Barre 2 Barre strengthens and tightens everything, leaving me lean and chiselled.

After a quick shower I’m ready to meet up with friends. We’ll either head to the China Club, a retro-chic Shanghai-style restaurant and members only club, or my fave spot, Carbone, a New York-style Italian restaurant. Here, the retro dining room looks like it could be straight out of The Godfather, and people tend to come in big groups and stay late. The Vodka Rigatoni is a dream and a must order.

If we finish before 10pm (which is note often the case by the way), I’ll squeeze in a float appointment at Float On HK. I love coming here to relax and slow down. By the time the session finishes, I’m all relaxed and ready for bed.

Locations



Sheung Luk Stream WaterfallSheung Luk stream, Sai Kung, Hongkong

Hike all the way out to Tai Long Wan and spend the day bathing in the natural rock pools. The waterfall gets busy on the weekend, so come during the week.
The Peak121 Peak Road, The Peak, Hongkong

One of the best views Hong Kong has to offer. Hike all the way up, take the tram or hop in a taxi to take you there.
Genie Juicery2096B, Podium Level 2, ifc Mall, Central, Hong Kong

The best place for raw, cold-pressed juices. The grab and go outlets are sprinkled all throughout Hong Kong.
Fineprint38 Peel Street, Central, Hongkong

A great place to kick-start your day with coffee. Fineprint serves almond milk, unlike many of the other coffee shops in this city.
Metta21/F California Tower, 30-32 D'Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong

A start-up hub for entrepreneurs. Come and meet other like-minded people who are starting their new business or come and find companies to invest in.
Gonpachi4/F, Lee Gardens One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

A Japanese resto that serves delicious salmon and hand-pounded homemade buckwheat soba noodles. The beautiful décor also completes the Japanese dining experience.
Grassroots Pantry108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

The restaurant and its chef, Peggy Chan, are spearheading the plant-based movement in Hong Kong. The menu of vegetarian and vegan dishes changes according to season.
Caelum GreeneG/F – 1/F, 90-92 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong

Caelum Greene is Hong Kong’s first lifestyle boutique that fuses fashion and wellness. Enjoy the latest athleisure, beauty products and homeware.
Oldish53 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

A cute little retro-style café in Sheung Wan. Stroll over here from busy Central and let time stand still while you enjoy coffee and cake at this adorable hipster spot.
Chi Lin Nunnery5 Chi Lin Drive, Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Chi Lin Nunnery is a haven of serenity in busy Hong Kong. The traditional Buddhist temples juxtaposed against the modern skyscrapers offer the perfect Instagram backdrop.
Barre 2 Barre4/F Cheung Hing Commercial Building, 37 Cochrane Street

One of the only two studios in Hong Kong that teaches barre classes. Other offerings include yoga, as well as cardio bounce classes.
China Club13-14/F, Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central, Hong Kong

This members only club and restaurant serves traditional Chinese cuisine. Come for the excellent food or the chic décor.
Carbone33 Wyndham Street, LKF Tower, Hong Kong

This New York-style Italian eatery is like a scene out of The Godfather. Socialites and celebrities like to gather here, so don’t be surprised if you spot someone you “know”.
Float On HKBasement (Door Beside 7-11), 89 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong

Float On HK is Hong Kong’s first deprivation centre. Dreampods are filled with 500 kg of Epsom salt and magnesium in water kept at 34 degrees Celsius. Float, relax and recharge.
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  • Barre 2 Barre: One of the only two studios in Hong Kong that teaches barre classes. Other offerings include yoga, as well as cardio bounce classes.
  • The Oldish - A cute little retro-style café in Sheung Wan. Stroll over here from busy Central and let time stand still while you enjoy coffee and cake at this adorable hipster spot.
  • Chi Lin Nunnery is a haven of serenity in busy Hong Kong. The traditional Buddhist temples juxtaposed against the modern skyscrapers offer the perfect Instagram backdrop.
  • Hike all the way out to Tai Long Wan and spend the day bathing in the natural rock pools. The waterfall gets busy on the weekend, so come during the week.
  • Caelum Greene is Hong Kong’s first lifestyle boutique that fuses fashion and wellness. Enjoy the latest athleisure, beauty products and homeware.
  • Float On HK is Hong Kong’s first deprivation centre. Dreampods are filled with 500 kg of Epsom salt and magnesium in water kept at 34 degrees Celsius. Float, relax and recharge.

My thoughts about Hong Kong

Chi Lin Nunnery is a haven of serenity in busy Hong Kong. The traditional Buddhist temples juxtaposed against the modern skyscrapers offer the perfect Instagram backdrop.

Take a vacation into My life

What is your personal background?

I was born in London, grew up in Switzerland and have been living in Hong Kong for the last 14 years. I’ve been in publishing my entire life. I started out in the fashion industry. While working as a fashion editor, wellness had become a big part of what I was exploring in my spare time. So I created one of the first online wellness magazines, The Source Asia. I went on to become the editor-in-chief of a spa/wellness publication and eventually launched my own travel and wellness online magazine, Destination Deluxe.

What is the best moment of the day?

I love mornings. I’m super productive in the morning and have tons of energy the minute I get up.

What inspires you?

I think travel never ceases to inspire me. I love learning about other cultures and visiting new destinations. I also love to bring wellness closer to others. At the moment it’s mainly in form of information…articles.

How would a good friend describe you?

Curious, reliable, creative, spiritual.

Your lifestyle in 5 words?

Wellness, travel, meditation, nature, healing.

Which books, newspapers or magazines do you read?

I read a lot of spiritual books and travel magazines, including Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure. Online I read wellandgood.com, hipandhealthy.com, eluxemagazine.com, thediscoverer.com.

Which films / series blow your mind?

Film: Samsara. It takes you around the world in 99 minutes and zero words.

TV series: I started watching The Young Pope and loved it.

Person you’d like to sit next to in an airplane?

Elon Musk

What are your favourite destinations around the globe?

My favourite destination is Raja Ampat in Indonesia. Loved swimming with the sharks and turtles there. I like Indonesia in general. I love Bali, and I also want to go back to Central Java.

Your life philosophy?

The more you like your own decisions, the less you need others to like them.

Suitcase, weekender or backpack?

People always laugh, because no matter where I go, I always bring my massive Tumi suitcase.

What else should we know about you?

I love martial arts.

Traveling is:

enriching.

Life is:

happening now

 

All images from Vivienne Tang.

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