Bright and Shiny Attractions for Nighttime Sightseeing

Add some sparkle to your nighttime sightseeing.

Just because the sun’s gone down, doesn’t mean that the sightseeing must end. There’s much nightlife to explore in the cities you visit around the Cebu Pacific network, and you can get started on these bright and shiny things that’ll keep you occupied well into the night.

 

Hong Kong

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Traveler Manny Osias [IG: @audine.s._osias] recommends: “Victoria Peak (or The Peak) is a must-visit when in the city. The daytime and nighttime views are different and special in their own way — the city, when lit at night, is absolutely breathtaking. The way up the hill, also known as Mount Austin, is via the iconic Peak Tram. The best views going up can be enjoyed along Lugard Road.”

 

In Cantonese, Mong Kok — where this scene was taken — means “busy meeting place”. “This market is at the heart of Mong Kok, one of the busiest places in the world. Thousands of people pass through every day, and the density of neon in this area is quite high.”
In Cantonese, Mong Kok — where this scene was taken — means “busy meeting place”. “This market is at the heart of Mong Kok, one of the busiest places in the world. Thousands of people pass through every day, and the density of neon in this area is quite high.” / Photograph by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze.

 

If there’s any place that encapsulates the call of bright lights, big city, it’s definitely Hong Kong. Though the neon signs of yore (and their unique craftsmanship) are being replaced by LED lights and illuminated banners, “neon signs are a trademark of Hong Kong’s streets and cityscape,” says photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze — who shared with us photos of the dazzling visual culture he’s been documenting for institutional memory. “I see these signs as a record of what used to make Hong Kong so unique visually.”

 

Dubai

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With more than 6,600 lights, 25 color projectors and water rising to a height of 150m, the Dubai Fountain can be spotted even from more than 32km away. The fountain also helps create one of the largest choreographed light spectacles in the world — the show runs every 30 minutes from 6pm to 11pm daily. The spot made our list of the five best free things to do in Dubai. And as we recommended in our guide to a weekend getaway in the city, make your way through the outdoor crowds to restaurants with the best fountain-facing tables and local cuisine.

 

Macau

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The Cotai Strip, home to Macau’s prominent hotels and casinos, comes alive by nightfall. Go on an outdoor stroll to take in the bright lights and colorful displays on each structure. Along the way, spot the half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower on the grounds of The Parisian Macao, which offers access to its observation deck for panoramic views of the city.

We’ve counted the area as among Macau’s True Riches, as Cotai Strip will be the site of new palaces to art and entertainment. Wynn Resorts recently announced that it is investing billions in creating a new art destination called the Crystal Pavilion. It will feature a swanky new art museum, prefigured for now by a monumental Jeff Koons sculpture called Tulips. Art collective TeamLab, too, is opening a big immersive art installation in The Venetian Macao.

 

Kuala Lumpur

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Traveler Ash Hong [IG: @asheshong] recommends: “Jalan Alor, one of KL’s most popular food streets, is open 24 hours. Business peaks from about sundown to midnight each day. Wong Ah Wah Restaurant at the end of the street is a must-try. After having your fill of local delights, head to Changkat, a few blocks down, for some bar-hopping. Taps Beer Bar is a personal favorite — they have craft beers on tap and great acoustic acts on weekends.”

 

Osaka

Dotonbori in Osaka, Japan. / Photo via Shutterstock.com

Traveler Nina Canoy [IG: @ninasulitcanoy] recommends: “The Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori areas are adjacent to each other and, between them, have everything you can think of — dining options, nice views of the city, the famous Glico man and, of course, shopping. Shops and boutiques from brands like Uniqlo, Rimowa, GU and Daimaru cluster in Shinsaibashi. Although most stores open at 11am and close at 9pm, there’s popular discount chain store Don Quijote, which operates 24/7.”

 

 

This article originally appeared in the July 2019 issue of Smile magazine.

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