When in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, officially Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Known for its skyline and deep natural harbor. Hong Kong has many sides to its complex personality and not every visitors who takes the time to explore these to their fullest. A different side to the city with this series of tours that reveal its local foodie secrets or show you what cultural artifacts exist on its doorstep. These one-off special interest adventures will make your holiday unforgettable!

VICTORIA PEAK

If there is only one thing you can do in Hong Kong, go to The Peak. The highest point and most popular attractions in Hong Kong. It has been the city’s most exclusive neighborhood since colonial times – that attracted the rich and famous for its cooler air and amazing panorama of the city. The views of one of the world’s most spectacular cityscapes. Everything you’ve heard about Hong Kong’s restlessness and energy is dramatically reaffirmed by the view from the Peak. Even the most cynical locals never tire of visiting and one of the reasons why I live here after college.

 

LAN KWAI FONG

One of the most popular nightlife hot spots in Hong Kong. Area is defined by D’Aguilar Street and the smaller lane, Lan Kwai Fong, an L-shaped, cobblestone lane. Both streets turn 90 degrees to form a rectangle. It is near the Mid-Levels. Its eating and drinking establishments are considered upmarket in price and the area is also considered a tourist spot and it is now a popular expatriate haunt in Hong Kong for drinking, clubbing and dining. One of my favorite spot for girl’s night out.

 

THE FOOD

Hong Kong is known as the “World’s Food Fair”, and dining out is one of the most popular things to do as a tourist. From roadside stalls to world-class restaurants, Hong Kong offers a wide variety of choices when it comes to dining out.

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TIMES SQUARE

Our condo was only few steps away from this mall and I am in love with their elaborate displays and photogenic installations that sets up temporarily at its entrance, especially during festivals and other occasions. Best part of being around this area is the countdown to a new year every 31 December where hundreds of thousands of people gather here. People come from far and wide to shop in Causeway Bay, and they’ll rarely leave without stepping foot inside its grand prize. the district’s largest shopping mall has 230 stores spanning mid-price to luxury fashion and accessories, electronics and toys, two department stores, a supermarket and over 20 restaurants dishing out top-grade Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Western fare.

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MONG KOK

Mong Kok was described as the busiest district and one of the densest part in the world by the Guinness World Records. One of the major shopping areas in Hong Kong for people who loves to shop bargain for souvenirs, fashion and etc. The area is characterized by a mixture of old and new multi-story buildings, with shops and restaurants at street level, and commercial or residential units above. The neighborhood includes one of Hong Kong’s most popular markets, the Ladies’ Market, and also has a ton of shopping streets, which are a common feature in southern China.

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CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL

Lucky you — you’re in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year, the city’s biggest and most colourful festival! It is impossible to not be caught up in the energy as you squeeze into crowded temples to pray for good fortune, browse festive markets selling auspicious foods and blooms and photograph the shock-red lanterns that adorn the city.

This ancient festival also gets a makeover that is uniquely Hong Kong. So, you will experience a Chinese New Year like no other, with a fabulous parade of floats, international and local performers, a stunning fireworks show over the harbour, heart-pounding action at the race track, and so much more. My favorite festival during my stay, got an awesome bonus and received a red envelope or “hongbao” from family, friends & coworkers, the red color symbolizes good luck and supposed to ward off evil spirits.

Hong Kong’s Chinese New Year celebration was recently listed by Forbes as one of the world’s 10 best festival extravaganzas, along with Germany’s Oktoberfest and Brazil’s Carnival. Lonely Planet also lists the Hong Kong Chinese New Year as one of the world’s top events.

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VICTORIA HARBOUR

Truly Hong Kong’s lifeline, and with its constant parade of vessels and breathtaking surrounding scenery, a harbor cruise is a must-do on any trip to Hong Kong. Step aboard for a journey into the true heart of Asia’s world city. Situated between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, Victoria Bay is the largest harbor in China and the third largest in the world, after San Francisco in the United States and Re de Janeiro in Brazil. It is home to most of the ports of Hong Kong, making the city one of the world’s busiest ports.  Long famous for its stunning panoramic views, the harbor is a major attraction of Hong Kong. A myriad of lights twinkles at night from the skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, making Hong Kong, together with Hakodate in Japan and Naples in Italy, included in the “three best night scenes of the world”.

Four sites for Grand Harbor view are:

a: Symphony of the Lights – the world-famous light show from the harbor featuring nightly more than 40 skyscrapers in a stunning multimedia extravaganza.

b: Victoria Peak – At a height of 554m, Victoria Peak is the highest mountain in Hong Kong. Victoria Tower can be counted as the best place to view the enchanting night view.

c: Avenue of Stars – The Avenue of Stars, situated along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, allows for spectacular harbor views. It was built to honor the most illustrious people the local film industry has produced over the past decades.

d: Golden Bauhinia Square – located outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on the Wan Chai waterfront. Surrounded by Victoria Harbour on three sides, it rests at the center of the Harbour, making it a great site for harbour view.

OCEAN PARK

Opened in 1977, Ocean Park Hong Kong is a world class marine life theme park featuring animal exhibits, thrill rides and shows that offer guests an experience that blends entertainment with education and conservation. It is located on the southern side of Hong Kong Island. The Waterfront and The Summit areas are connected by the Cable Car and Ocean Express funicular train. The theme park has various attractions and rides, including four roller coasters, and also animal exhibits with different themes, such as a giant panda habitat, rainforest and polar displays, as well as an aquarium featuring the world’s largest aquarium dome.

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REPULSE BAY BEACH

My favorite beach on southern coast of Hong Kong Island near Ocean Park. Most popular free public beach and often crowded, and it is regarded as one of the most beautiful public beaches for its crescent shape that draws huge crowd when the weather is good during the hot summer months. The water is relatively clean and out of the way of pollution from China. Surrounded by high-rise residential and provides with clean public facilities such as bathrooms and a free playground. The beach is surrounded by high-rise residential buildings and is next to a public country parkland for hiking.

HONG KONG DISNEYLAND

When you enter Hong Kong Disneyland, you step into a world that makes Disney characters come to life. Based on the stories of Toy Story, the American Old West, fantasy, adventure, space and Americana, Hong Kong Disneyland lets you enjoy high-quality rides, meet your favorite characters, and watch amazing Broadway-style shows. When riding the MTR, your final connection will be the Disneyland Resort Line from Sunny Bay Station.

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LANTAU ISLAND

Hong Kong’s largest outlying island, located at the mouth of the Pearl River. Lantau Island is often referred to as “the lungs of Hong Kong”, because of its abundance of indigenous forest and relative scarcity of high-rise residential developments which characterize Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

Embark on a tour and visit the Giant Buddha at Po Lin Monastery (Precious Lotus). Ride an express ferry across Hong Kong Harbor to Lantau Island. On this Big Buddha tour (with a professional guide or not), you’ll discover pristine beaches, traditional fishing villages, lush valleys, soaring mountains and spiritual enlightenment. My favorite part is the skyrail cable car ride down the mountains and enjoy the 25 minute spectacular views of Lantau Island, Ngong Ping Plateau and the South China Sea – the views are mind-blowing!

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Everything that’s cool to do in Hong Kong can be also done within a day trip to Shenzhen and Macau that offers you a chance to experience the poetic contrast of two historical cities in a day. Plan ahead and don’t forget to bring your passport and make sure you get the most out of your time in Asia’s world city.

DISCLAIMER: THIS BLOG IS A PERSONAL BLOG WRITTEN AND EDITED BY ME. ALL THAT WAS WRITTEN ARE BASED ON MY OPINION AND EXPERIENCES. THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST, I ONLY GIVE MY HONEST OPINION, FINDINGS AND BELIEFS. PHOTOS USED ARE FROM GOOGLE IMAGES AS I LOST SOME OF THE PICTURES THAT I HAVE ON FILE. 
THIS BLOG DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY CONTENT WHICH MIGHT PRESENT A CONFLICT OF INTEREST

 

 

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