Hong Kong is one of the most fascinating cities in Asia and one of the most expensive as well. Former British colony, the city still maintains its strong cosmopolitan connection with the West, stroll there, is like walking through London or New York.
If you are planning a trip to one of the most exciting cities in the world, Hong Kong, you are probably wondering "what to do in Hong Kong?" Came to the right place!
This post will give you some great ideas about the best things to see in Hong Kong - you'll also find some important travel information for Hong Kong.
What to do in Hong kong
Visiting Victoria Peak is one of the first things to do when you arrive in Hong Kong. At 552 meters, the views of the hill are spectacular and it is the best view of Hong Kong in my opinion.
Start your trip in Hong Kong in the best style, seeing the city from above and the most perfect place for this is The Peak, and is one of the main attractions of the city . The highest point of the city and where we have a sensational view and that gives you an unforgettable and fascinating view of Hong Kong including Kowloon.
Some people like to take the ride to the Victoria Peak at least twice, once during the day and the other at night, when the lights of Hong Kong's famous buildings illuminate the city. The peak is a relatively untouched in a concrete jungle, home to the rich and famous and is also good place for a walk or even a jog.
The Peak Tower underwent a refurbishment in 2005 and now offers various entertainment options from Madame Tussauds to a virtual reality gaming room and to any number of tourist shops that sell regional and designer items. From the observation deck at the top of the building, there are spectacular panoramas over the city. The nearby Peak Gallery has more entertainment to offer and many more shops and cafes.
The trip on the Peak Tram, built in 1888, is a lot of fun, as long as you do not have to wait for hours - avoid the weekends and the first day after a hazy spell (and of course, and do not forget your camera).
There are several different ways to get to Victoria Peak. The most traditional way to climb is by The Peak Tram, the tram that goes up and down the hill for more than a century that costs HK$ 52 round trip and makes you return to the past with the old trains that made this route.
The Peak Tram & Sky Terrace 428 ticket costs HK$ 99 round trip offering you the pleasure of a trip on the famous Peak Tram and the fabulous panoramic views of Hong Kong from The Sky Terrace 428.
For those traveling on a low budget, you can take bus 15 which leaves you at the bottom of the peak.
RIDE THE STAR FERRY
After The Peak, head back to Kowloon and my suggestion is to return by boat, through the legendary Star Ferry. This ferry service started around 1880 and did not stop. In this way, besides being an excellent means of transport, it is also one of the symbols of the city.
The Star Ferry is the best and cheapest way to enjoy the view of the bay, with the skyline of Hong Kong buildings on one side and Kowloon on the other.
Even considering the Subway, making this crossing using the Star Ferry between Kowloon and Hong Kong, will provide you with a wonderful view of the entire bay and virtually all of Hong Kong as well. It will be unforgettable, believe me.
Symphony of Lights
Victoria Harbor has one of the most amazing sights of a trip to Hong Kong in China. Symphony of Light is an impressive daily light and sound show in Hong Kong. It is the largest light and sound show in the world, according to Guinness World Records.
It happens in Victoria Harbor, where you can see a lights show in the big buildings of the city! A lovely view of lovely Hong Kong! It happens daily at 8:00 p.m., lasting approximately 15 minutes! Surely you should put in your itinerary.
SKY 100 HONG KONG OBSERVATION DECK
Enjoy the view from Hong Kong´s tallest building and soak in the view with a 360-degree view of Victoria Harbour. If you want to have a fantastic view of the city, you can not fail to put this in your itinerary. It is located in the International Commerce Center building in Kowloon.
Markets in Hong Kong
Flower market: is by far one of the most beautiful and fragrant areas of Hong Kong. The market is more crowded during Valentine's Day (for obvious reasons) and also for the Chinese New Year, when locals crowd with auspicious flowers like orchids, plum blossoms, peonies and potted orange trees. The Flower Market is open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily.
Ladie's Market: A bustling market within the neighbourhood of Mong Kok, actually a street market and it sells women's products and more, such as stalls selling adult and children's clothing, accessories, shoes, decorations, gifts, etc. . The origin of most of these products sold at Ladie's Market is often questionable, but the prices are great. It is worth checking.
The Ladies Market is for me an even bigger tourist attraction because it is surrounded by several other attractions. There are dozens of restaurants in the immediate vicinity. Although many establishments in Mong Kok are also open during the day, shopping at night is a much better experience. Walking with countless people under neon lights was more fun than it looked! The area was so alive and kicking. People flooded the streets from all directions and there were artists on the street.
Temple Street Market: As night falls and when the strong neon lights switch on, Hong Kong's liveliest market comes alive. Covering several blocks from Man Ming Lane, is Temple St Market. In the 1920s, vendors gathered to serve temple goers; a century later, as crowds descend every night in search of cheap clothes and games, street food, costume jewellery, and tea ware. Marked prices are mere suggestions - this is a place to bargain.
Man Mo Temple
You can find temples all over Hong Kong. Man Mo Temple draws attention to be all red and gold inside, with huge incense spirals hanging from the ceiling.
The most notable aspects of this tiny ruined temple are the incense coils hanging from the ceiling that evoke a spiritual. Built in 1847, this remains the largest Man Mo temple in Hong Kong. Pausing for a moment's rest under their gigantic coils of incense makes a pleasant contrast to the frenetic pace of the neigh-boring financial district.
It is simply one of the most wonderful roads in Kowloon, passing through the areas of Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kong. Wonderful not only because it is an important means of access, but more specifically because you find for a magnificent pole of commerce. In almost all of its extension, there are many shops, restaurants, malls, small shopping centres, snack bars, jewellery stores, hotels, residential buildings, and more.
Want to go shopping? Go to Times Square, one of Hong Kong's premier shopping centers, bringing together in one place great brands of the day. On two floors are much more than 15 floors fully occupied by various shops, restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream parlours, snack bars, movie theatre and more.
RIDE HONG KONG´S OBSERVATION WHEEL
As in many cities, Hong Kong also has a huge Ferris wheel, which for those who have never been, is a great option for a view of the city.
MACAU DAY TRIP
Like Hong Kong, Macao is a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China. As the city was a Portuguese colonisation, much of the country's culture can still be found there, such as Catholic churches, Portuguese stones, typical food restaurants and even cream pie. That's why all the plaques there are written in Portuguese. It's a lot of fun even with virtually no people in the population speaking Portuguese.
I recommend that you do the day trip. You can see most important travel sights in one day. Boats depart from the Tsim Sha Tsui maritime terminal or pier on the island of Hong Kong. Boats leave every 15 minutes and the journey takes approximately 1 hour. The ticket costs from 159 HDK to 195 HKD, depends on the time and day of the week.
To visit Macao, you have to take your passport and do all the immigration procedures like an airport. Even though both regions, although autonomous, are part of China.
The region has a very interesting historical part and another modern side full of casinos. It has luxurious hotels and huge casinos.
IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR HONG KONG
Hong Kong is a super receptive city and usually treats very well all who visit it, mainly tourists. So it should not be difficult to get information in the city. However, if you already have them, you will gain a lot of time, avoiding asking here and there. Information such as means of transportation, where to stay, how much your food costs, and so many others.
So, write it down before traveling to Hong Kong:
VISA REGULATIONS FOR HONG KONG
As a German passport holders, I did not need a visa. According to the website of the Hong Kong tourism board, most nationalities do not require a visa if they stay less than 90 days.
Currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD).
BEST TIME TO VISIT HONG KONG
Hong Kong is a year-round destination. However, summers are generally hot and humid, while winters are cool and dry. May through August can be really hot in Hong Kong, but for the rest of the year, the weather is mostly mild.
HOW TO GET AROUND IN HONG KONG
I strongly recommend that you use Octopus Card. If you get an Octopus Card from day one, you´ll be able to save a lot of money while using public transportation.
The Octopus Card is sold at the service counters at the stations. The card costs HK $ 150 and of this, HK $ 50 is used for travel credits and HK $ 100 is the cost of the card. But calm, when you leave Hong Kong you can return the card and redeem the HK $ 100 and the remaining credits on the Octopus Card. When the credits run out, simply reload the Octopus Card on one of the specific machines at the stations.
Public Transport: Transportation in the city is efficient. The city has buses, metro and even tram. The metro is considered the best means of transportation.
Besides these, there are also taxis and Uber.
Metro: The Hong Kong metro, also known as MTR, is efficient and allows you to travel virtually throughout the city, up to Lantau Island and Disneyland Hong Kong. Main stations: Central (Hong Kong), Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon).
Bus: They are also a great option for transportation, because, in relation to the metro, they have more stops. The fare amount is based on where you entered and left the bus.
Tram: These are beautiful 2-story cable cars that run throughout central Hong Kong. They are more economical, although they only carry out short journeys. The fare amount is also based on where you came in and left the tram.
Taxis: Taxis are not so expensive in Hong Kong and they can be a great choice of locomotion in the city.
Where to Stay in Hong Kong
offers varied options for accomodation, there are both economic alternatives, as well as hostels as well as hotels with large international networks. Overall, the apartments are small and expensive; however, by looking carefully, you will find good value for money options. An important tip is to look for an accommodation that is close to a subway station, because that way you can easily move around all areas of
Typically, there is two main areas where people like to stay in Hong Kong. There is Kowloon, and there is Hong Kong Island.
On the Hong Kong Island, a very popular area for shopping and it may also be interesting to stay close to an area of Causeway Bay station. The region has lots of shopping, many malls, many restaurants and many accomodation options.
The Central Station region, as its name suggests, is also central and is a somewhat more refined area. It can be the ideal location for those who want to stay close to the nightlife or for those visiting Hong Kong for business.
The biggest fame is the island of Hong Kong, but Kowloon is also a very popular area. The Tsim Sha Tsui area is also great for staying, it is very busy and has excellent quality restaurants. What's more, it's not hard to get from Tsim Sha Tsui to Hong Kong via the ferries or the subway. Another good point is that there are more economical hotels in this area, a great quality, considering that the prices in the city are quite high.