Your Hong Kong Travel Guide! Hong Kong is one of my favorite places in the world. It is vibrant, has stunning nature, the tastiest dumplings and enough rooftop bars to keep you entertained for weeks. Hong Kong has something to offer for everyone. Read below some basic information, what to do in Hong Kong, where to sleep and some other practical tips! Read here my Hong Kong travel guide…
Victoria Peak: Victoria Peak is simply a must see. While it will either cost you some money, or time, to get to the top, the view is worth it. Don’t wait until the last moment, you never know when the weather will change on you in Hong Kong! As soon as that sunny day is out there, go, and be amazed! Don’t expect to be the only one up there, it is one of the most touristic spots in Hong Kong!
Tian Tan Buddha: While the city of Hong Kong is amazing, a little tranquility sometimes is welcome. On the island of Lantau you can find the Tian Tan Buddha, or the Big Buddha. This buddha is actually the largest sitting buddha in the world! It is located in the middle of some stunning nature, and climbing the 268 steps to the top of the buddha will not only give you a good view of the buddha, but also the surroundings. Exploring the Big Buddha and the surroundings will take up most of your day, so be sure to maximize your time on Lantau Island!
Hike: Don’t spend all your time in the city, explore Hong Kong’s beautiful nature! One of my favorite hikes must have been the Dragon’s Back. Hike up to the top of the mountain for a stunning view over the Shek O peninsula and descend all the way down to end your journey on Big Wave Bay. On a warm and sunny day you can even end your hike with a refreshing swim!
Go to a Rooftop Bar: When you are in a city of skyscrapers there must be some good rooftop bars around. And trust me, there are. From having a drink on a friend’s rooftop, to one of the highest rooftop bars in the world. Each view will be unique just simply beautiful. My personal favorites must be Cé La Vi in Central Hong Kong, which offers happy hours every day from 3.30pm to 7pm. Wooloomooloo in Wan Chai, which has beautiful views over the harbor and is an amazing place for a sunset. And Last, Ozone Bar in Kowloon, one of the highest bars in the world. Due to being one of the highest bars in the world, it is also one of the busiest and making a reservation in advance might be advised. It personally wasn’t my favorite. Due to being so high up it is surrounded by windows, which in my opinion restricted the view of the harbor and the skyline!
Admire the skyline: Hong Kong’s skyline is probably one of the reasons you actually came here right? While the buildings are impressive during the day, they are even more beautiful at night. Head to Kowloon and see the light of the buildings reflect in the water! If you time it, and be there around 8pm, you will even be able to see the Symphony of Lights. The Symphony of Lights is Hong Kong’s daily lightshow, lasting 13 minutes and involves more than 40 buildings on both sides of the harbor. The best way to get there is to use the star ferry. For only 3$HK you will get an amazing view over the harbor, something you won’t get when using the MRT.
Shoot some photos: Well I guess by now you had already figured out that Hong Kong is a very photogenic city. Which means, this city is also perfect for taking instagram worthy photos. The city is basically filled with it! We had already mentioned the peak and the skyline before, here are some more famous instagram spots in Hong Kong:
But of course, any place is just simply beautiful, and there is always more to discover!
Discover Mong Kok: On the other side of the harbor, in the most often unexplored Kowloon, you can find the Mong Kok area. Mong Kok is the area what I expected Hong Kong to be like, busy, filled with shops and billboards and local markets. Walk over Nathan Road at night to admire the street filled with the famous neon signs. During the day you can go and explore the bird market and the fish market where you will find hundreds of fish packed in little plastic bags ready for purchase.
Take the Ding Ding: The Ding Ding is Hong Kong’s cheapest form of public transportation. With tram lines stretching all the way from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan. The iconic double decker trams have been operating since 1904 and are not only the cheapest but also the greenest form of transportation in the city. For only 2.30$HK you can transport yourself from the West to the East or vice versa. There are in total 6 different lines operating with roughly 160 trams. Get a seat upstairs and enjoy the streets views of Hong Kong Island.
Yesinn @Causeway Bay – Yesinn is my preferred hostel in Hong Kong! The hostel has helpful staff, is conveniently located close to public transportation and has amazing showers. Beds are basic but equipped with a light and plug. Large lockers for your bag are available and the hostel has two rooftops where you can hang out during the day and the evening.
Finding a good and affordable hostel in Hong Kong can be hard. A place you most likely would want to avoid is Chung King mansion. While known to be popular for budget backpackers, it is also known to have low public safety and to be the centre of drugs, and be home to petty criminals, scammers and undocumented refugees. I have visited the Chung King mansion as a sight, and could soon understand why travelers could feel uncomfortable here.
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