Celina Jade Klook Connoisseur Profile

For singer-actress Celina Jade, it’s not impossible to stay fit and healthy in a busy city

Where does one begin with Celina Jade? The Hong Kong-born actress, model and singer first found fame after landing a record deal as the winner of an Asia-wide singing contest. In 2008, she headlined her first local film as an actress, following it up with a role in the U.S. movie, The Man With The Iron Fists. Her latest project has her on the CW Network’s Arrow as Shado, and if there is a reason for the recurring action theme in her projects, that’s because the daughter of kung fu actor, Roy Horan, is a martial artist, too.

K: You were born in Hong Kong. What do you love most about the city?

C: It’s a vibrant city that’s surrounded by nature. Getting to party hard on weekdays; wakeboarding and hiking over the weekends. It’s efficient, and public transport is clean. It’s culturally diverse, and we are the sweet spot between business in China and the West. I love Hong Kong – it’s my home.

K: What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do here but have yet to try?

C: Kitesurfing – am too chicken to try! But I see people doing it all the time in Sai Kung.

K: Describe your idea of a perfect day in the city.

C: A day in the fall, when air pollution is minimal and it allows for a blue sky. A nice hike in the hills of Sai Kung followed by brunch with family and loved ones. Buying my organic vegetables direct from the farm. Juicing up a storm. Watching a thought-provoking film in the city, followed by dinner at a new restaurant concept, and then after-dinner drinks with friends.

Celina Jade’s picks

Sights & Views

Chi Lin Nunnery

  • Chi Lin Nunnery & the vegetarian restaurant on-site: It’s a serene place with a nice choice of dishes under a waterfall.
  • From the blue waters, wildlife, islands to the waterfalls – the Maclehose Trail (Stage 1 & 2) has it all.
  • The view from Café Gray Bar at The Upper House in Admiralty: I prefer this view to the Peak’s, because it gives you the view from the midst of all the tall buildings rather than from afar.

City Eats

Island Tang

  • Dim sum at Island Tang: I love the staff, food and ambience. Definitely a weekly dim sum joint for me.
  • Mana! Fast Slow Food, the vegetarian joint: I love the new falafel flat with tahini sauce.
  • Amber: Hands down the best restaurant in Hong Kong. It’s a place to splurge for the very special occasions!

Hidden Gems

Cafe Deadend

  • Private kitchen Gitone Fine Arts, which serves vegetarian, too. The food is just exquisite, and the area it’s located in – Sai Wan Ho – is interesting when you get bored of all the mainstream hangouts.
  • Cafe Deadend, for breakfast and coffee.
  • Any cheap local foot massage joint. My Sai Kung favorite is 鬆Zone.

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Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published as a Klook Connoisseur feature of Hong Kong singer and actress, Celina Jade. See the original version here.