Whilst there are many amazing things to do in Hong Kong, including shopping, exploring the local Cantonese restaurants, and enjoying the Hong Kong nightlife; many visitors miss out on more of the finer things that this former British colony has to offer. Check out our list of the top things to do in Hong Kong below:
1. Hit the Hike
Hong Kong may not be the holiday destination that comes to mind when you think of paradise beaches in a far-flung land. Yet, the city is home to a number of beaches, large and small, dotted around its numerous islands. If you have the time, schedule a day of hiking in Sai Kung across to Big Wave Bay (Tai Long Wan), a lesser explored beach for many, where you can rent a tent and enjoy a night on the beach.
For those who are only in Hong Kong for a short time, the best recommendation is to head over to ‘Dragon’s Back.’ The entire hike is about an hour and a half, with amazing views as you walk along the mountain’s ridgeline between the ocean with beaches on one side, and the city skyline to the other.
2. Get Your Pic on the Peak
The single most iconic place to visit in Hong Kong is Victoria Peak, or ‘The Peak’ as it is far more commonly referred. It is little wonder why so many tourists flock here since this is the best point to take iconic pictures of Hong Kong’s city skyline, from high above. Follow Lugard road, which runs a circle around the top of the peak, to see the city from all angles.
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3.Get a moment of tranquility at the Big Buddha
On Lantau island, the same island Hong Kong airport is located, the Big Buddha sits atop the mountain tranquilly gazing down upon the many tourists in a state of meditation. Afterwards, head to the Nong Ping 360 cable car to enjoy spectacular views of the island in its entirety as you make your way back down the mountain.
Where to Stay: Find a cozy place to stay in Lantau Island here.
4. Visit the town of Stanley
Stanley is a breezy seaside town that sprawls two different bays on a tiny peninsula and is great for souvenir shopping. The western bay is where all the shops, restaurants, bars and tourist activities are located. Whereas the eastern bay is home to the multitude of water sports on offer. It’s a nice short ride on the bus from central, so this is a great way to spend a relaxing day by the sea, head out on the water, or enjoy some shopping.
5. Enjoy the Nightlife
Hong Kong’s nightlife offers a mix of Chinese and International nightlife hot spots, allowing visitors to enjoy the night out of their choosing. Head over to Lan Kwai Fong (LKF), a hotspot for party-going tourists, travelling businessmen and students. Or Wanchai, which is a favourite spot for students and those leaving the Wednesday night horse racing at Happy Valley to either celebrate or commiserate. Whilst a more local flavour can be found in the nightclubs and bars of Tsim Sha Tsui (TST).
For highbrow cocktails, California Tower rooftop bar, and Lily and Bloom offer a classier location to enjoy a night out.
6. Lamma Island
Lamma Island is a ferry ride away from Central pier and is great for an afternoon walk around the small village, before heading over to the beach to relax. If you want to explore the island a little more thoroughly, there is a hike from the north ferry past the beach to the southern ferry along a winding trail with breath-taking views. Both ferry piers feature a number of delicious seafood restaurants where you can enjoy the freshest seafood, a cold beer, and the relaxing seaside atmosphere.
7. Enjoy the Local Delicacies
Figuring out what to eat in Hong Kong can be a daunting task, given the sheer variety and choice of cuisines and restaurants on offer. Dim sum is usually number one on the menu for people wanting to experience the authentic tastes of Hong Kong. Make sure to try classic dim sum staples; Siu Mai (pork dumplings), Har Gow (shrimp dumplings) and BBQ pork dumplings. Whilst many will flock to Tim Ho Wan at IFC, others prefer Lin Heung Tea House for its authentic dimsum and other seafood delights.
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