Hong Kong is such an energizing, exuberant and energetic city, which stands to its term: “East meets West“. It has an incredible blend of both Western and Eastern, both with regards to culture, nourishment, shopping, and engineering. It is a city that has everything. On any given day, you can lie on a shoreline and go out on the town to shop bonanza in one of the numerous shopping centers or back-alley markets. Following a bustling day, you can slow down at one of the city’s restaurants that hold world-class standard, before taking off at night to any of the endless numbers of bistros and bars. Hong Kong is a nice place to visit but finding a good place to stay is a thing of concern, especially when you don’t have much idea about the place. To make your journey hassle free it’s better to read about the place, its attractions, and accommodations before visiting.
This blog will be helpful to you if you’re planning a trip to Hong Kong anytime soon.
The first thing any tourist will do is find a place for accommodation. In Hong Kong, you can get both luxurious hotels as well as budget hotels. Budget hotels don’t mean that the rooms won’t be good or they’ll have bad service. These hotel rooms are quite small when compared to rooms of luxuries hotels but they have all the modern requirements to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Luxuries hotels have inbuilt swimming pools and recreational rooms also different restaurants that serve cuisine from various countries. Some of the good budget hotels are Bishop Lei International, Evergreen Hotel Hong Kong, and Y Loft. Some of the luxuries hotels of Hong Kong include The Peninsula Hong Kong, Four Seasons Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton Hotels.
Places to Visit in Hong Kong
• Parks: Both the Hong Kong Park (on Hong Kong Island) and Kowloon Park are worth a visit. You can even find animals in Hong Kong Park. You can find ducks and other swimming birds in the ponds of Kowloon Park.
• Victoria Harbour: It is one of the busiest harbors in the world. You won’t regret visiting after watching the spectacular view of skyscrapers from the harbor. Especially in the night when all the skyscrapers are lit, it gives a breathtaking view.
• Disneyland: A Theme park for all ages. It is located in Lantau Island. If you’re an adult, it will surely make you remember your childhood days and it also offers special passes for senior citizens who can enjoy museums and dining in Disneyland. The majority of the park focuses on kids and hence kids will love Disneyland.
• Victoria Peak: Being the highest peak in Hong Kong it offers amazing views from its top. The peak has a viewing deck containing telescopes for visitors to get an amazing scenic view of Lamma Island, Victoria Harbor, and Central Hong Kong. During rainy seasons you won’t get to see the Hong Kong peak view as the peak tower is mostly covered by dense clouds, so it is recommended not to visit Victoria peak during the rainy season.
• Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha): Located in Lantau Island it is one of the biggest statues of the Buddha (112 feet) and is one of the most popular sights of Hong Kong. Built in 1993, you need to climb 268 steps (approximately) to reach the top of Buddha where you can get scenic views of the Island.
Things to Do in Hong Kong
• Shopping: With street markets and huge shopping malls, Hong Kong is one of the best places in Asia for shopping. It is not the cheapest place but you will find lots of new things as well as varieties to choose from. You can even bargain in the street markets. The most popular shopping malls in Hong Kong are The Landmark (Central), Harbour City, and Elements and the most popular markets are Ladies’ market, Temple street night market, causeway bay, and PMQ Hong Kong. If you want to buy Chinese contemporary art then Hollywood Road is the best place for it.
• Take the Star Ferry: Shopping on a star ferry is worth the time and money. It also offers harbor tours. You can go island hopping to enjoy gorgeous sceneries, seafood restaurants, small villages, temples, and monasteries. Some islands where you can find all these are Sai Kung, Lantau, Lamma, and Cheung Chau.
• Travel in Peak Tram: You may have to wait for a long time to get in the tram but it is worth the wait. It takes eight minutes to reach the Victoria peak in the tram from Garden Road. You can enjoy spectacular views of skyscrapers of Victoria harbor, Kowloon, and the surrounding hills. You can find shopping malls, cafes, and restaurants at Victoria Peak.
• Eat Dim Sum: Dim Sum is a Chinese dish which is either steamed or fried and has savory dumplings containing various fillings.
• Experience the Night Life at Lan Kwai Fong: The main nightlife and party area in Hong Kong is Lan Kwai Fong. You will find uncountable bars, clubs, shisha (Hookah), and cheap drinks. This place is full of rowdies so try not to indulge in a fight with anyone in this area.
• Ride Ngong Ping 360: The cable car runs from Tung Chung across the bay towards the Airport and then towards Lantau Island. The distance is over 3.5 miles and the ride is of about 25 minutes. This cable car gives you the panoramic view of the Airport, Harbour and the entire city.
The best time to visit Hong Kong is from the middle of September to the end of February. To avoid diseases like diarrhea remember to wash your hands properly before eating. Hong Kong is well connected by public transports so you won’t face many problems in traveling. There are lots of other things to do and visit in Hong Kong and you won’t regret coming to Hong Kong.