Not only is Valentine’s Day around the corner, so is Lantern Festival — the Chinese equivalent of the special day for lovebirds — which falls a day later on next Tuesday.
But with a series of strict COVID-19 curbs — such as an evening dine-in ban and the closure of movie theaters — currently in place in Hong Kong, a romantic dinner at a restaurant overlooking the city’s skyline or a date at the cinemas is definitely out of the question.
Fret not, we’ve got you covered with some creative and COVID-safe ideas to surprise your special one.
Glamp under the stars
Tired of the regular staycation? Why not treat your valentine to an unforgettable night in nature under the stars? With the array of glamping services opening in Hong Kong in recent years, you won’t be short of options.
Located in Yuen Long, Park Nature offers stargazer caravans for you and your special one to spend a romantic and comfy night. With basic furniture and equipment, such as beds, air-conditioning, a kitchen area, bathroom and wifi provided, you can sleep under the stars and have your morning coffee while watching the sunrise.
Satisfy your wanderlust from afar
While it’s still difficult to travel abroad now, you can still give your special one the experience by taking him or her to places like Lake House.
Besides having lunch at its two fine dining restaurants Le Vow and Billow, the venue has also set up a five-meter-high pink peach blossom at the center of Lake Egret and 5,000 multi-colored tulips at its lawn for you to take photos or just immerse in the beauty.
Make something together
We’re talking about a gift for each other.
From ceramics and embroidery to floral displays, there is no shortage of workshops for you and your special one to spend some quality time together.
Commemorate the occasion by making matching watches out of different kinds of recycled wood at WoodWatchHK. The watchmaker also offers an engraving service.
Stroll along Hong Kong’s promenades
In times of uncertainty like this, we are grateful for the simple things in life. Show your special one your love and appreciation by taking him or her to one of Hong Kong’s beautiful waterfronts, like the Kwun Tong Promenade. The promenade in Kowloon East offers views of not only the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and the Runway Park, but also Victoria Harbour.
Write an old-fashioned love letter
With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, more people are under isolation or quarantine orders, with some quarantining at home. If for any reason your valentine cannot or prefers not to meet in person, why not surprise him or her with a love letter either by mail or via email. Nothing speaks love like a handwritten love letter.