The city where east meets west and a major shopping destination, Hong Kong welcomes visitors with an iconic skyline and a famously delicious kitchen.
David and I spent five days in total exploring what makes Hong Kong a must-see destination.
It’s time to visit Hong Kong…
The easiest way to get around Hong Kong is by public transport. Like all major Asian cities, the train network is something to be envious of. Where trains can’t get you there, buses, trams and ferries can. Taxis are also available but do cost more so I recommend planning your route ahead of time to avoid having to rely on them. To use Hong Kong’s metro system, you’ll need to get yourself an Octopus Card. These work much like the Sydney Opal Card where you tap to get on and off a train. If you’re landing in Hong Kong International Airport, simply head to the tourism board counter to get a card. It’s $150HK per person but $50 of that will be returned to you when you hand the card back at the airport before you leave the country. Topping up your card is easy at machines located at train stations throughout the city and at 7/11 stores.
With a city as small and jam-packed with things to see and do as Hong Kong, it can be hard to know where to start. We started by exploring the Tsim Sha Tsui area in Kowloon where the historic clock tower, Victoria Harbour and the flamingo-populated and palm tree- dotted Kowloon Park live.
The next morning we hiked Dragon’s Back where we spent the morning viewing Hong Kong from the lush bush land of the mountain. At 8pm, we ventured back down to Victoria Harbour where we watched the Symphony of Lights show.
The following day, we rode the Ngong Ping 360 to The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery where we climbed the almost 300 steps to admire the monastery. Upon returning to Hong Kong we walked the Temple Street Night Markets where we grabbed a delicious egg waffle.
On our fourth day in Hong Kong, the haze had cleared and the sun shone through so we caught the peak tram to what is quite possibly the most popular attraction in all of Hong Kong, the Peak. The peak overlooks both sides of the harbour, giving you a bird’s eye view of the skyline the city is famous for.
If there’s anything tourists visit Hong Kong for, it’s food. Some of the best food we ate in Hong Kong was from small, hole-in-the-wall type restaurants that cost us no more than $5 AUD per meal. Some of the must-eats I recommend include wonton noodle soup and egg waffles.
If you’re planning on visiting Hong Kong, I highly recommend you consider a day trip to Macau. Known as little Portugal, the city which is another autonomous territory of China, is filled with colonial Portuguese history, delicious food infusions and the cutest panda pavilion ever.
Have you been to Hong Kong? Let me know what you love most about the autonomous Chinese territory in the comments below!