Hong Kong! A city which totally surprises me with incredible skyscrapers of all shapes and configurations. In each gigantic building, it is equipped with at least one shopping mall.
Hong Kong is known as the most expensive housing market in the world (seven consecutive years). Due to the limited land in Hong Kong, many high-rise apartments and condominiums are built. We were lucky in the sense that we got to stay with Lewis’ grandparents. Thus, we had a bigger budget to spend on food and sightseeing. So, I have picked some the tourist hotspots in Hong Kong that you will like!
I have downloaded a map from MApaPlAN.com (below) before I started my trip. It is easier if you plan your trip by categorising the places that you want to go based on area.
The Peak is a major tourist attraction of Hong Kong. It is a mountain (also known as Mount Austin) in the western half of Hong Kong Island. The Peak is the highest point of Hong Kong Island, and the Tram is the fun way to get up to the Peak. It has become a landmark of the island throughout the years as it is the best spot to have a bird’s eye view of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island, and Kowloon.
Victoria Harbour is a Hong Kong Top Attraction from where you can enjoy views of harbour, skyscrapers and Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry and Symphony of Lights. There is a big shopping mall – Harbour City nearby the harbour. You can enjoy a great meal in some nice restaurants or cafes overlooking the harbour view.
There are many ways to go to visit Big Buddha on Lantau Island. The coolest way is to take a cable car from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping Village. It really worth the money as Ngong Ping 360 offers a cable car ride service with the longest bi-cable ropeway in Asia. It takes about 20 minutes and you can have a good view of the island. Try it! We took the Crystal cable car (slightly more expensive) but we really enjoyed it.
After visiting Big Buddha, you can pay a visit to Tai O Village on Lantau Island. It is a small fishing village in Hong Kong and famous for its fishing culture, seafood snacks, stilt-houses, salted-production as well as the Water Parade. It offers tranquil and picturesque surrounding with its beautiful setting on the coast framed by the mountains. Personally, I love it as it provides me with a great escape from the crowd. Tai O Village has a long walkway, bridges and some temples. You can observe the daily life in the traditional seafood market and walk around the stilt houses.
Seafood! Sai Kung will be the place. Sai Kung is famous for its Seafood Street. There is no direct train to Sai Kung but you can reach there by bus. Sai Kung is another place which offers you a peaceful stroll. You can get a better deal by ordering the seafood in a package. There are many restaurants around Sai Kung, do walk around and find the restaurant you fancy. Most of the restaurants keep their seafood alive outside the restaurants.
Mong Kok is famous for its neon-bathed historic streets. It is located the western part of Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong. You can’t miss Mong Kok when you visit Hong Kong. Many streets in Mong Kok are filled with stalls. There are Ladies Market, Flower Market, Sneakers Market and etc. At the train station, you will find the signboard with the location of the main tourist spots. Make sure you take the right exit so that you are closer to the place you want to go.
You can reach Sha Tin easily if you stay in New Territories. There are many nice sights to visit in Sha Tin such as Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery and Penfold Park. If you prefer to stay indoor, Sha Tin offers many shopping malls with great local cuisines.
Tai Po probably is not on your top list of the must-go places in Hong Kong. Personally, I think Tai Po is not a very touristy place but it gives me an opportunity to blend into the local lifestyle. You will find the biggest indoor market in Tai Po which known as Tai Po Market. We walked around Tai Po and enjoyed the street food such as typical curry fish ball, fried squid and etc. Then, we also went to Tai Po Lookout Tower at Tai Po Waterfront Park. Besides, you can also go to Fu Shin Street Market, local Man Mo Temple and the Hong Kong Railway Museum.
Hope you enjoy reading! I will update some articles relating to the tourist hotspots above. Stay tuned! 🙂