Valentine’s Day in Hong Kong has become a very popular and expensive event. This is the time of year when upscale restaurants and bars come up with romantic themes and extravagant meals designed for couples—often with a high price tag. But if you don’t have HK$11,999.00 to spend on 100 red roses from a luxury hotel, don’t despair! Love is still in the air, cheapo style.

To help you plan a Valentine’s Day in Hong Kong that doesn’t break the bank, we’ve come up with some really fun and unique date night ideas that still have a sweet and romantic touch.

Take a ride on the Observation Wheel

The Observation Wheel at the Central Harbourfront is super affordable, at just HK$20.00 per adult. Take your special someone for a spin at sunset time to get great views of the harbour, and surprise them with a sweet gift at the top. If you can splurge a little, it’s worth it to rent the private gondola for HK$160.00. You can even buy Observation Wheel tickets in advance for specific times, for example if you want to watch the Symphony of Lights at 8 pm with your loved one.

LOL together at a comedy night

Laughter is the best medicine, and always a fun night out. TakeOut Comedy on Elgin Street in Central is holding its annual Valentine’s Day All Star Showcase on Valentine’s Night (Friday 14th) with an excellent lineup of comedians. Tickets are HK$250.00 and it’s BYOB, so forget the overpriced drinks and bring your own bottles of bubbly!

Take a staycation

Why blow HK$2,000.00 on one fancy meal when you could have a weekend getaway for the same price? Escape the city and spend a night at the gorgeous Tai O Heritage Hotel on Lantau Island. Dating back to 1902, this colonial-era building was once a marine police headquarters and now is a nine-room boutique hotel with uninterrupted sea views. If you can splurge a bit, the hotel is offering a Romantic Package that includes breakfast and dinner, a bottle of champagne, a heart-shaped cake, and a bottle of organic Tai O Honey to sweeten the deal.

Photo by Hong Kong Tourism Board

Plan a picnic

There are lots of great spots right in the middle of the city. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park in Sheung Wan has a wide open grassy lawn facing Victoria Harbour, with lovely views of the sea. This is the perfect spot to put down a picnic bottle and share a cold bottle of wine and some tasty treats. Another amazing and little-known spot is Victoria Peak Garden, on Victoria Peak. This public park is a popular place for wedding photography, with beautifully landscaped gardens and pavilions.

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park,
People relaxing at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park | Photo by iStock.com/gionnixxx

Get pampered

Nothing says relaxation like a massage. The luxury spas in Hong Kong all have special Valentine’s Day couples packages that cost more than you care to know. Instead, book two spots at Tai Pan Reflexology at 83 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, and enjoy a massage together. Tai Pan has a very funky interior and play some relaxing beats while the ladies work the knots out of your aching shoulders. Afterwards, walk down Nathan Road to the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, pick up some cold drinks from the 7-Eleven, and watch that million-dollar view of Victoria Harbour.

Tsim Sha Tsui things to do
Photo by Tai Pan Reflexology

Jazz it up

Want to pretend to be rich and glamourous for one night? Put on your best suit and head to the Captain’s Bar at the Mandarin Oriental. This classy hotel in the heart of Central is one of Hong Kong’s finest, and probably out of your price range (it costs over HK$3,000.00 to stay there on Valentine’s night). But, you can definitely enjoy a cocktail at the Captain’s Bar. Every night from 9 pm until late, there’s an amazing live jazz performance that will get you in the swing of things, and leave you dreaming about winning the lottery one day.

Take a booze cruise

If the drinks menu at the Mandarin made your wallet hurt, how about a boozy cruise instead? Hop aboard an Afternoon Boat Tour of Victoria Harbour where the drinks are unlimited! At a very reasonable HK$166.00, this one-hour cruise is a great way to glide along the incredible skyline, while sipping on pretty much whatever you want.

The view that never gets old | Photo by iStock.com/samxmeg

Visit Lover’s Rock

The unmistakeably phallic ‘Lover’s Rock’ in the hills of Wan Chai is a well-known spot for people seeking love, trying to fix relationship problems or couples hoping to conceive. If your special someone loves the great outdoors, then climb the winding stairs up to the rock and you’ll also be rewarded with great views of the city below. It can get busy around Valentine’s Day, with the hopefuls lighting incense and bringing flowers.

lover's rock Valentine's Day in Hong Kong date idea
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