I don’t know of many people that say they are going on a three week holiday to Hong Kong. I think most regard it as one of those gateway destinations like Dubai, where your forced to change flights for your onward journey. Well I’m going to share with you a few must does in Hong Kong that will get you out of the airport terminal and into a hotel room for the next 24 hours.
If you arrive early or late first stop is a Cantonese dim sum, which roughly translates as ‘light meal’, in the west we call it ‘yam cha’. Honk Kong is regarded as the world’s number one for dim sum so join the crowds and the sounds of clicking chopsticks in one of the thousands of restaurants around town.
Let's go exploring
I love hopping on the Star Ferry which crosses between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. The night views over the skyline are nothing short of amazing. At 8pm you can take in the light shows all for about $2.80.
While on HK Island take the Mid Levels Escalator, which claims to be the worlds longest moving walkway up the hill and visit Soho, short for (South of Hollywood Road,) It’s great for bars, nightclubs and western restaurants. Its full of historic narrow streets lined with art galleries and fashion boutiques. It’s the district where the expats mainly live.
While on the Island you can view Hong Kong from above at The International Finance Centre building. The 55th floor is open to the public and its free. Or take the 125 year old tram to Victoria Peak. It’s the highest point on HK Island and towers over the city. Arguably the world’s most famous views of the residential skyscrapers, harbour and New Territories.
Take in a temple. Hong Kongers are rigidly conservative when it comes to culture so you will find temples all over the city. Taoist or Buddhist or a bit of both, follow the smell of incense and you will find golden Buddha statues. If you are going to one temple only, my pick is Wong Tai Sin, easy to get to on the MTR. If you liked the experience try this knockout spot, Chi Lin Nunnery. Buddhist temple complex built in traditional Tang Dynasty architecture, water wheels and all.
Soak up the Temple Street Night Markets. Well worth a walk around this popular street bazaar. An explosion of crowds, colour and noise. Great for street food, steaming bowls of wonton noodles and freshly cut BBQ pork. Look for clothes, watches, jade and jewellery. Exciting atmosphere with street entertainers and fortune tellers.
Explore Lantau Island. All the tourist attractions in the one place. Cheung Sha Beach. HK’s largest stretch of sand and surf. Discovery Bay for ocean front dining and fish markets, Hong Kong Disneyland and The Big Buddha. One of HK’s most visited sights.
Getting there. Take the famous Ngong Ping 360 a 25 minute cable-car ride from the MTR station. Or take the 30 min ferry trip from Central, Kowloon. Pier 4.
Come back soon and I’ll let you in on my best places to eat from street food to Michelin starred pork buns.