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How you start off your first day of 2020 sets the tone for the rest of the year, so make sure you kick things off right with these top things to do on New Year's Day

Some may want to continue the party with a bottomless brunch, while others may need to take a breather after a wild New Year’s Eve. No matter what you choose to do, 2020 is a new beginning with endless opportunities. Here, our best things to do in Hong Kong on New Year's Day.

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Had a few too many drinks on New Year’s Eve? Cure those hangover symptoms with your favourite breakfast staples at the most unique brunch spots in Hong Kong.

Whether you’re craving eggs Benedict or dim sum, treating yourself to something comforting will help undo the damage from the night before. While you’re at it, why not indulge in a free-flow drinks package to kick off the year in style?

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Go for a hike

Make the most of the gorgeous weather with a leisurely hike on some of Hong Kong’s scenic hiking trails—and enjoy a delicious meal or an ice cold beer at one of the restaurants and bars on the way.

If you’ve made fitness-related resolutions for 2020, this is a healthy way to begin the year.

See also: Hong Kong Hikes—Plus Where To Eat And Drink After

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The New Year is also the time to reflect and be grateful for all that we have. Start 2020 off on the right foot by helping those in need with our list of 50 charities to support in Hong Kong.

Get involved with a cause you care about, whether it’s animals, the arts, the environment or women empowerment—you won’t regret spending the first day of the year giving back to your community. 

See also: 50 Philanthropists In Asia Who Are Changing The World

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Binge watch Netflix shows

Spending January 1 on the couch watching Netflix is never a bad idea, especially if you’re recovering from the night before. 

If you’ve grown tired of watching good ol' New Year’s movies, tune in to Singapore Social—the very first Netflix series based on the lives of Singaporeans which has taken the internet and social media by storm.

See also: What Are The Cast Of Netflix’s Singapore Social Up To Now?

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Start a 30-Day challenge

The festive excess can take a toll on your body, and if you’re itching to get into (or back into) a healthy routine, a 30-day challenge may ease you into developing new habits in 2020. 

Depending on your goal, you can take on month-long challenges like Whole30, a 30-day fitness challenge or Dry January. Whichever you choose, try to turn it into a consistent daily behaviour post-challenge, even if it's just some aspect of it. 

See also: 5 Ways To Stay Happy And Healthy During The Holidays

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Indulge in some

New Year's Day doesn’t get much more relaxing than a pampering spa treatment, or spending some "me time"—whether it means reading a good book on the couch, a long soak in the tub or baking a pie, carve out some time for some much needed self-care as you look forward to the year ahead. 

See also: 10 Hong Kong Wellness Classes To Relax Your Mind And Body

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Break a sweat

With the new year comes the opportunity for a fresh start, but if you’re unsure where to begin, we’ve done the legwork to find you the best lunchtime fitness classes, the most challenging workouts and everything in between. 

Still need that little extra push to hit the gym? We’ve got the most fashionable Hong Kong activewear brands to get you moving in 2020.

See also: Sweat In Style: 7 Boutique Gyms To Try In Hong Kong

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Try something new

2020 will be your year to try new things. You may allow yourself to get comfortable inside your comfort zone in the past year, but the start of a new decade should inspire something more exciting than your routines. 

If you need a little inspiration, you may consider obtaining a helicopter pilot licence, becoming a certified yoga instructor, or even setting up a winery—or anything that is new (and even a little uncomfortable) for you, but totally worth the risk and reward. 


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Start checking off your New Year bucket list with your first trip of the year, whether you’re looking to experience a new culture, visit the latest UNESCO World Heritage Sites or take a ski or snowboard trip while some countries are still covered in snow, there are epic journeys to be taken in 2020.

See also: Top Travel Trends To Look Out For In 2020—And The Hottest Destinations To Match

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Explore a new neighbourhood

Whether you’ve lived in Hong Kong for five months or five years, there’s always something new to discover about this city that we call home.

Check out our neighbourhood guides to find out the best places to eat, drink and shop, plus insider tips that will help you navigate like a local.

See also: 8 Quintessential Hong Kong Experiences For First-Time Visitors