Photo: Hong Kong Tourism Board

With the fourth-highest population density in the world, getting away from it all in Hong Kong is easier said than done. The solution? Get up. High up. Hilltops and high rises are the best spots for scoping out the city’s amazing architecture and lush hillsides.

The Peak

Photo: Hong Kong Tourism Board

At 552 metres, the highest peak on Hong Kong Island has been transporting tourists to the top via tram since 1888.

High Book a table at mountaintop restaurant Tien Yi, and choose a city-view table or one overlooking the valley. Even the Peak’s McDonald’s offers a scenic vantage point.

Tip It can get busy during (ahem) peak visiting hours, but if you pay a little extra for Sky Terrace access, it’s likely to be less crowded.

The Spa at Four Seasons

Photo: Four Seasons

As if a massage isn’t blissful enough, several of the treatment rooms in the Four Seasons spa overlook Victoria Harbour.

High Indulge in the signature fusion massage or some jade stone therapy. There’s also a state-of-the-art Jacuzzi tub, sauna and steam room, complete with amethyst geodes, in the changing area.

Tip Depending on the treatment you’re getting, you might not have time to sit back and enjoy the view. Book one of two private spa suites, and you can linger all day.

Sky100

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Opened in spring 2011 and located inside the fourth tallest building in the world, Sky100 is the highest indoor observation deck in the city, offering 360-degree views from the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.

High Handy high-tech tools like touch-screen viewfinders help you identify every site you spot, and touch-screen guides are on hand to help you plan your holiday itinerary, which you can then e-mail to yourself.

Tip If you want to skip the line, a VIP Fast-Pass costs $60. (Regular adult admission is about $15.)

Hong Kong Geopark

Photos: Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department

This nature park opened in Hong Kong’s New Territories in November 2009. Take a taxi to the entrance of the High Island area, and you’ll find amazing panoramic photo ops by the East Dam and 100-million-year-old rock formations.

High Even a short walk will reward you with views of the reservoir, a secluded beach and access to two tiny, historical fishing villages.

Tip Don’t hike alone, and bring lots of water and sunscreen as there is no shade for long stretches.  

Ocean Park

Photo: Hong Kong Tourism Board

This theme park (and Hong Kong Disneyland alternative) is divided into two zones:  the Waterfront and the Summit. Each contains rides and animal attractions, including pandas and dolphins.

High While you can reach the Summit via shuttle bus or tram, travel by cable car for the best views. Rides like the Flash and Abyss Turbo Drop also offer their own good views, assuming your eyes aren’t squeezed shut.

Tip If you’re at the park during a busy time of day, your gondola ride may be the only quiet time you get!

Aqua

Photo: Duncan Chen

Culinary empire Aqua Restaurant Group has all the best spots at One Peking Road, the hottest address in Kowloon. Restaurants include Michelin-starred Hutong as well as Aqua Roma (Italian) and Aqua Tokyo (Japanese); for post-dining, head to Aqua Spirit bar on the 28th and 29th floors.

High At Aqua Spirit, windows line one wall and mirrors the other, so there are no bad seats in the house.

Tip Reservations (not to mention a healthy budget) are a must.