what to do when visiting hong kong
By Rhiannon Taylor, January 2018
Hong Kong is bursting with energy from the second you step off the plane. Markets, nightlife, hiking, dining, beaches - it really does have it all. It’s impossible to do everything in one trip, but whether you’re a first time visitor or a well seasoned HK lover, here are ten things you cannot miss.
Man Mo Temple. Built in 1847, Man Mo is one of Hong Kong’s oldest temples and is a tribute to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo). The temple is lined with hanging incense coils that are lit by visitors and fill the space a smokey, spiritual atmosphere - a stark contrast to the fast paced city that lies outside.
Hike the Dragons Back. Hiking in Hong Kong has become a favourite past time for ex-pats and locals alike. The Hong Kong Trail stretches for over 31 miles and isn’t for the faint hearted, with the most popular portion of the trail being the Dragons Back. Here you can reach Shek O Peak which offers 360 degree views over the Hong Kong countryside and can be completed in around 2 hours.
Sail a Junk. The Junk boat is a symbol of Hong Kong’s history and represents the city’s traditional values. There are few in operation and it’s a fabulous experience, cruising the vessel with it’s signature red sails to a modern city backdrop.
Ride the Star Ferry. Despite Hong Kong having one of the most advanced and efficient public transport systems in the world (which makes it so easy to explore as a traveller), it’s a great experience to ride the Star Ferry between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. The fee is nominal and the views are spectacular.
Escape to the Beach. Sun and sand aren’t often the first things that come to mind on a trip to Hong Kong, but there’s a reason why so many ex-pats choose this city as their base. Shopping and dining aside, Hong Kong has spectacular beaches within reach of a short train ride. Locals and visitors head to Shek O, whilst Stanley and surrounding Repulse Bay are known for their white stretches of sand.
Visit Tai O. This fishing town is a 1.5 hour (bus and train) journey from Hong Kong Island and is known for producing shrimp paste. The quiet village is centred around a river and lined with stilt houses. Here you’ll see fisherman sorting their catch and drying fish and there are very few tourists, making a visit to Tai O feel extremely authentic.
Shop in Poho. This emerging, hip neighbourhood is brimming with great coffee, artisan retailers and cafes. Strolling through the district will have you stumbling upon gems without the need for a map or prior research but we love Select-18 (Shop A, 18 Bridges Street, Poho, Hong Kong) for vintage finds and Teakha (Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Hong Kong) for a cup of tea.
Temple Street Night Market. As the sun sets you’ll see traders setting up for the evening’s festivities. Trinkets, watches, tea ware and jade are up for haggle, whilst you feast on fresh noodles and seafood. You can pass the time watching street entertainers or having your fortune read and there’s no fear of missing out - the market is on every night.
Victoria Peak. Arguably the most iconic vista in all of Hong Kong, no visit to Hong Kong is complete without a visit to Victoria Peak. Overlooking the island, the views are uninterrupted and there are plenty of dining options for lunch or dinner. Make a day of it and do one of the many walks that will take you back down to the base, through lush landscaping.
Ocean Terminal Deck. Connected to Harbour City Shopping Centre, Ocean Terminal Deck is Hong Kong’s newest hub with slick restaurants and a lawn covered rooftop deck offering panoramic views.
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