In this blog we share the insider’s guide of things to do in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is without doubt one of the coolest cities in the world. If you haven’t been then expect it to be very hot and very busy with a heartbeat and energy a lot like New York’s Manhattan. Between sightseeing, partying, shopping and relaxing, Hong Kong really does deserve its title ‘The Pearl of the Orient’. Our Travelmood travel expert Orlagh was lucky enough to visit this exciting city. Read on as she shares her inside guide of things to do in Hong Kong.
What immediately grabs you about Hong Kong is its beauty – a city surrounded by lush green mountains that are enveloped in white clouds. It certainly wasn’t what I was expecting given Hong Kong’s iconic skyscraper-strewn skyline.
Public transport in Hong Kong is excellent. Between buses, trams and taxis getting around is efficient and cheap.
To get a real feel for the city take a tram up to Victoria Peak- Hong Kong Island’s highest point. The vantage point takes in the entire city skyline and harbour – sit and enjoy a coffee while marvelling at the breath-taking surroundings.
Hong Kong is often thought of as just a busy, financial district with a towering skyline, but it is actually a collection of more than 260 islands. The largest is Lantau, just a short hop away by boat, it has beautiful beaches, hiking trails through the mountains and best of all, the Big Buddha. True to his name, he is a HUGE 34-metre-high Buddha sitting crossed-legged on top of a mountain.
The Tian Tan Buddha statue sits next to the Po Lin Monastery, where monks and tourists mingle at the Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddha’s. That’s the wonderful thing about Hong Kong — it has it all. You can embrace a truly unique spiritual and cultural experience or simply laze about on a beach and enjoy cocktails.
Shopping – things to do in Hong Kong
Between the antique shops of Hollywood Road, the high-end department stores of Central and the endless street stalls selling silk and local souvenirs, Hong Kong is a shopaholics dream. Most goods from all over the world, except wine and cigarettes, are tax-free and the prices are relatively low.
Cross the harbour by ferry where the busy streets of Kowloon are crammed with wallet-friendly markets, including Ladies’ Market, and the Temple Street Night Market — which is highly regarded for men’s fashion, antiques and watches.
Kowloon is also home to world renowned Tuck in at Tim Ho Wan restaurant — famed for being the world’s cheapest Michelin-star eatery. The traditional dumplings and dim-sum are incredible and won’t break the bank.
In terms of nightlife Hong Kong never sleeps. If you’re looking for something slow paced and trendy then check out the SEVVA rooftop bar – a great place to watch the city go by, especially at night when the buildings and streets light up below.
Another must do is infinity pool terraces. They’re not cheap, but sipping a cocktail while lounging in the Intercontinental Hotel’s famous infinity pools is the perfect way to take in the city’s skyline. Be warned, unless you are staying there —this luxury will set you back a couple of hundred dollars.
Tempted to experience this city for yourself? Contact one of our Travelmood travel experts who will be happy to answer any questions you might have about this fascinating city.