Hong Kong is considered one of my favorite cities on the planet. With its iconic skyline, superb food and fascinating mix of cultures. It’s a city of juxtapositions, often known as a place where “East meets West”, and the place custom meets futuristic in every side of life — from its tradition, meals to architecture, each road is filled with one thing distinctive and thrilling, just ready to be found.
Whether or not you’re finding your approach by way of the huge crowds, making an attempt out some tasty road meals, escaping the town for a seashore or hike, or letting the neon lights information you through the streets at night time, it’s a world-class metropolis that never gets boring.
Hong Kong is among the busiest harbour cities on the planet, and an important buying and selling city in Asia. Globally, it has the 3rd largest international financial middle, after London and New York. With over 7 million individuals, it’s additionally one of the world’s most densely populated areas. The shortage of area means the town is all about its vertical area, and in consequence, Hong Kong boosts one of the crucial unimaginable skylines on the planet.
With a lot to do, eat and drink in Hong Kong, here’s an inventory of my prime 30 must do’s to get you began!
Things to do
1. Take within the skyline from the Peak
The journey to The Peak might be probably the most uniquely Hong Kong expertise you possibly can have. The steep tram journey to the highest makes you are feeling like the town is going topsy-turvy is certainly an fascinating expertise in itself. On the prime, The Peak is Hong Kong Island’s highest level at 1,300 ft above sea degree.
The tram runs from 7am till midnight, which provides you the choice of coming for a day or night time time view (or each!). I extremely advocate shopping for tickets on-line to skip the long strains.
2. Experience the Statement Wheel
Hong Kong is all concerning the views, and situated near the Star Ferry Pier if the Statement Wheel, providing sweeping views of Victoria Harbour.
3. Experience the Star Ferry
Taking the Star Ferry will make you are feeling such as you’re transported back in time. It has been working since 1888, and is a cute and charming boat that travels between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. It’s not only an affordable form of transportation, however it additionally boosts superb views of the long-lasting Hong Kong skyline along Victoria Harbour.
four. Get some new kicks on Sneaker Road
Situated next to the Women Market, Mong Kok Sneaker Road is certainly a should for any sneakerhead. Sneaker culture is massive in Hong Kong and you’ll find an abundance of Nikes, Adidas, Rebook, Puma and extra together with rare and particular editions.
With so many stores alongside this road selling the identical in style sneakers, it could get pretty overwhelming. If you realize exactly what you’re on the lookout for, it can be a terrific place to store. Should you’re within the mood for something unique, head over to KixDreams or take a look at 8Five2 in Causeway Bay for some limited version kicks and streetwear.
5. Go classic purchasing in Sheung Wan
In case you’re on the lookout for some cool, distinctive finds, there are plenty of vintage outlets in Sheung Wan that has you coated. Bang Bang 70s, which is filled with retro clothing and memorabilia. One other shop in is Label Chic, filled with classic designer goods ready to be found. Different outlets embrace InBetween, which provides gadgets starting from quirky antique items and residence decor, to classic film posters, fun clothes, and products made by local artists. Different outlets embrace Little Dot Classic Store, Choose 18 and You Wu Studio x JikSap.
6. Admire the Buddhas at the 10,000 Buddha Monastery
Situated in Po Fook Hill Mountains, a path of 431 steps lined with Buddha statues guides you to the dazzling Man Fats Sze, a large complicated with over 12,000 statues housed in 5 temples, four pavilions and one pagoda. It’s nicely value it, seeing the life-sized, gold painted Buddha statues, all uniquely totally different in their poses and facial expressions.
7. Be amazed at Choi Hung Property
The colorful constructing in Choi Hung Property is among the hottest Instagram photographs of Hong Kong. “Choi Hung” means rainbow in Chinese language, and was inbuilt 1964, making it one of the oldest public housing estates in Hong Kong. It consists of 11 blocks of residential buildings, 5 faculties, a carpark, and the famous basketball courtroom.
With 43,000 individuals all dwelling on this complicated, it’s a vigorous place for locals to hang around. Lately, being such a well-liked Instagram location (there has been a rising variety of complaints from residents concerning the quantity of tourists), in case you do go to, be respectful of the residents and help the parents here by shopping for something from the local shop.
8. Quarry Bay
One other Instafamous website, Quarry Bay is called the “Monster Building,” it’s a set of 5 interconnected towers built in the 1960s, throughout a population growth, when it was provided as a government-subsidized housing for low-income residents.
Its been featured in films resembling Transformers and , and has since turn out to be a well-liked spot for Instagrammers. As all the time when visiting residential spots, make sure to respect the locals who stay there.
9. Loosen up on the Nan Lian Gardens and Chi Lin Nunnery
Get away from the hustle and bustle of metropolis life and loosen up at Nan Lian Gardens, a big public park that includes all 4 parts of a standard classical Chinese language backyard: rocks, water, crops and architecture. Inbuilt 2006, it’s managed by the Chi Lin Nunnery, throughout the road. That is one in every of my favourite places in the metropolis to chill out!
The Chi Lin Nunnery was inbuilt 1934, and is a big temple complicated with a collection of template halls, treasured Buddhist relics and lotus ponds.
10. Study history and design at Asia Society Hong Kong Middle
While the location was initially constructed by the British Army for making and storing explosives and ammunition, at present it has been reworked right into a artistic, cultural and historical hub for locals, expats and tourists. It’s an fascinating place to study more about Hong Kong’s history while serving as one fo the town’s best examples of up to date design via its many reveals.
11. Go to Man Mo Temple
One among Hong Kong’s oldest Taoist temples, it was inbuilt 1847 by rich Chinese language merchants. Int the temple, two idols — the God of Literature and the God of Struggle, are worshipped. It’s a well-liked place for locals to pray for fulfillment of their teachers or for luck earlier than an exam!
12. Browse the Temple Road Night time Market
The Temple Road Night time Market is a nightly road bazaar with lots of of stalls promoting every part from clothing, to digital items, to pretend designer gadgets.
While I might by no means purchase pretend items, it’s nonetheless a enjoyable place to flick through, and when you’re lucky, may come throughout some fascinating trinkets. There’s a lot of food stalls close by in case you get hungry.
13. Go to the Huge Buddha
Recognized formally as Tian Tan, the Huge Buddha in HK is the most important outside seated Buddha on the planet! There are 268 steps to reach the statue.
14. Journey the Npong Ping Cable Automotive
To get to the Huge Buddha, you’ll have to get to Lantau Island first. You may take the bus, hike uphill, or journey the three.5 mile cable automotive! I highly advocate it as it boosts unimaginable views of Lantau Island’s countryside. When you’re feeling fancy, you’ll be able to upgrade to the crystal cabin with a glass backside!
15. Celebration in Lan Kwai Fong
In the event you’re wanting to celebration, look no additional than Lan Kwai Fong (or LKF as locals call it). With over 90 restaurants and bars, it’s a extensively widespread nightlife spot the place you’ll be able to spot a mix of locals, expats and tourists. In case you’re on the lookout for some good drink deals, come throughout joyful hour!
16. Walk the Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade
Take a scenic walk alongside the southern tip of Kowloon, with beautiful views of Victoria Harbour. In the event you’re there within the evenings, ensure to stay for the Symphony of Lights, the world’s largest laser present, that takes place each night round Eight-8:20pm.
17. Eat Dim Sum, all day, day by day
Dim sum is certainly one of my favorite foods on the earth, and undoubtedly a should in Hong Kong. As part of the ancient Chinese custom of consuming tea (yum cha), small chew sized dishes are generally paired with it, referred to as dim sum. Dim sum refers to quite a lot of totally different dishes, with a number of the hottest being har gao (shrimp dumplings), bbq pork buns, siu mai (pork), and braised hen ft.
There’s so many superb dim sum places in Hong Kong. The preferred is Tim Ho Wan, also referred to as the most cost effective Michelin starred restaurant on the planet. Their bbq pork buns are heavenly!
For one thing fun and instagrammable, attempt Yum Cha. A variety of thought goes into making their food as cute as potential, similar to their pork buns shaped like pigs, or custard buns formed like emoji faces. Paired with it’s upscale decor, the food is prime notch and not gimmicky in any respect.
18. Grab some late night time egg waffles
Often known as egg waffles or eggettes, they’re a extensively fashionable dessert made of various flavor waffle batter molded within the form of removable mouth-sized balls. They’re crispy on the surface, chewy on the inside, and may also be full of ice cream and different toppings.
I randomly stumbled across a place referred to as Mammy Pancake and the waffles there have been delicious. Later I came upon it’s a reasonably fashionable place and was truly beneficial by the Michelin Guide on the street food section.
19. Have some scorching clay pot rice
One in every of my favourite dishes, clay pot rice consists of rice cooked inside a claypot and full of totally different elements corresponding to Chinese language sausage, hen, pork, mushrooms or seafood. The rice sizzles within the pot, and the crunchy rice crust that you simply get on the edge of the clay pot is oh so scrumptious.
20. Warm up with a scorching tofu pudding
A well-liked and very unique dessert in Hong Kong is tofu pudding, which consists of sentimental bean curd served in clear syrup and sweetened ginger in a bowl. It’s so clean and a scorching bowl makes for the right wet day snack. It’s also pretty low in calories, so if I might, I’d have one on a regular basis!
21. Explore a bakery
There are tons of bakeries everywhere in the metropolis simply ready to be found. They have a tendency to be self serve and with a lot choice, it’s inconceivable to depart with just one. I extremely advocate the pineapple buns and egg tarts!
22. Attempt roasted goose
Marinated in a mix of secret sauces and typically over 20 totally different spices, roasted goose is another should eat in Hong Kong. It’s crispy, juicy, and incredibly tasty. One of the fashionable places is Kam’s Roast Goose, which was awarded 1 Michelin star from 2015-17. Keep away from going at normal lunch or dinner occasions as the strains may be fairly insane.
23. Get some curry fish balls to go
That is one in every of Hong Kong’s most iconic road snacks, and may be generally found at meals stalls!
24. Have a Hong Kong fashion breakfast
Breakfasts in Hong Kong is a reasonably fascinating expertise due to the number of meals you will get. Attempt a Hong Kong fashion french toast, which is usually made with peanut butter and eaten with condensed milk, syrup or honey. Feeling like on the spot noodles for breakfast? No drawback! It’s truly a well-liked dish with marinated satay beef.
Congee with fried dough sticks is a staple breakfast dish amongst the Chinese language (attempt it with thousand yr previous eggs). The weirdest breakfast dish I got here across in Hong Kong is certainly macaroni soup and ham. It’s the identical macaroni from macaroni and cheese, however cooked in hen broth and topped with ham. It’s truly surprisingly tasty!
25. Take a look at a 7-Eleven
When you have a hard time deciding on what to eat, testing a 7-eleven presents some fascinating options. While in North America, you’d by no means assume to go there for food, 7-Elevens in Asia are literally crammed with tasty meals options. In Hong Kong, you’ll find a variety of various meals akin to bbq pork buns, udon noodles, siu mai, hen skewers and more. It’s also possible to find ready made meals akin to pork chops with rice in addition to desserts like cream buns and mini swiss rolls.
26. Indulge with some afternoon tea
In case you’re feeling fancy, afternoon tea is certainly a fun indulgence in Hong Kong. We went to the Lobby Lounge on the InterContinental on a wet day, and it was fun tasting quite a lot of tasty scones, sandwiches, tarts and pastries whereas watching the the town from the comforts of the comfortable restaurant.
27. Do it just like the locals, with some milk tea
Often known as “lai cha,” it’s a beloved drink and obtainable virtually in all places in Hong Kong. In reality, it is estimated that 2.5 million mugs of milk tea is consumed in Hong Kong day by day! It can be served scorching or cold, and consists of black tea combined with condensed milk. Some well-liked places embrace Cheung Hing Espresso Shop, Hoi On Cafe and Lan Fong Yuen.
28. Reenergize with Vitasoy
Vitasoy is a popular company in Hong Kong that sells high-protein soy milk drinks. It was initially created to be an alternate, reasonably priced high-protein substitution for costly full milk. Apart from the normal soy flavour, additionally they supply fascinating flavours like malt, chocolate and taro.
29. Have some cocktails at Ozone
Situated on the 118th flooring of the Ritz Carlton Lodge, get drinks on the world’s tallest bar with a tremendous view of western Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The drinks could also be expensive, however the views are totally value it.
30. Attempt some Chinese language beers
It’s all the time fascinating making an attempt beers from totally different nations, and there’s an honest quantity of beer to be present in Hong Kong. At present, San Miguel is the best-selling beer in Hong Kong. Other fashionable beers embrace Tsingtao, Yanjing and Hong Kong beer.
Probably the most superb factor about Hong Kong is that it’s an superior metropolis to get misplaced in. Simply wander across the streets, embrace the smells, noise, individuals, and uncover the town from your personal perspective!