WHY GO NOW: Once China's gateway, Hong Kong is now a destination in its own right, home to Alain Ducasse and Joël Robuchon's restaurants and the White Cube and Gagosian galleries. Art Basel is also coming this year. robuchon.hk; whitecube.com; gagosian.com; hongkong.artbasel.com
WHERE TO STAY: Philippe Starck's J Plus Boutique Hotel is an achingly cool selection of serviced apartments. The Peninsula – the city's refurbed 1920s grande dame – boasts touch-screen curtains and in-room nail dryers. jplushongkong.com; peninsula.com
HIPPEST HANGOUTS: Sir David Tang's China Club serves some of the best dim sum around. For something more relaxed try Yardbird, a Yakitori restaurant in up-and-coming Sheung Wan. For sunset cocktails, head to Sevva. chinaclub.com; yardbirdrestaurant.com; sevva.hk
CITY STYLE ICONS: Vogue China's senior style editor, Grace Lam, who creates the red-carpet looks of Fan Bingbing. Yana Peel (left), head of the British Fashion Council Trust in Asia.
WHAT TO PACK: Up the glamour ante – cocktail dresses, plenty of print, statement pumps and serious jewelry.
ROOMS WITH A VIEW A deluxe room at the Peninsula (top); the J Plus Boutique Hotel lobby (right)
THE HIGH LIFE
Enjoy cocktails on Sevva's terrace
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Words by Gemma Soames. Photographs: Getty Images