As mentioned in my last post, Hong Kong is a memorable experience to say the least. Depending on your timescale, you might find yourself having a lot of time on your hands which is why I have put together a list of some of the most interesting places to visit.
- Disneyland, as seen in the photo above, is Disney but in a characteristically Asian setting. I’ve been told that the Hong Kong location is no match for the one in Tokoyo but personally I found that it was the perfect size for a small getaway. Money saving tip: look out for deals in the International airport – some offers include a free meal!
- Ngong Ping 360 is the cable car experience that also acts as a gateway into exploring the culture rich island of Lantau. Once there, you can check out the Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha, both of which I deem to be integral to your trip to Hong Kong!
- Another must-see is the Chi Lin Nunnery and the Nan Lian Garden, whilst I was ill the day that I went there, the temple is both picturesque and a taste of local tradition. The Nan Lian Garden was the highlight of my trip to see the Nunnery, this is primarily due to the general calm and openness but also the welcoming nature of the gardeners who spend a great deal of time making sure the place is in good condition.
- If you’re a total Harry Potter nerd like me, the 9 3/4 Cafe is a novelty idea for your trip to Hong Kong. It’s not an official cafe and that’s made obvious by the obscure location but it is truly on-brand! Try their version of butterbeer or one of the ‘potion’ drinks alongside some well made food. If you do decide to go though, make sure you make a reservation!
- Take a few days to wander through the markets and discover interesting gems like the Goldfish market or the Temple Street Night Market . This is good for both the experience and maybe even picking up a few souvenirs for your nearest and dearest.
- If the weather is clear, take the Peak Tram and check out the view from up there! There’s a Madame Tussauds, an observation deck and plenty of shops to browse through. If you’re particularly into food trends, try the Kala rainbow cheese toast if only for the cool Instagram.
- I’ve already mentioned Disneyland but in Hong Kong, the main alternative as a theme park is Ocean Park. I think that it’s well worth a visit, particularly if you love animals – the rides are just a bonus!
- The Avenue of Stars is essentially the Hong Kong version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, my suggestion is to check out the Avenue of Stars and wait until the Symphony of Lights show starts across the water. A number of buildings light up to and upbeat sound which is played along the way, it doesn’t last long but it’s worth a watch.
- The Ten Thousand Buddhas is not a day trip to be taken lightly, if you’re unfit you may want to sit this one out as it takes at least a bit of stamina to reach the temple at the top. The physical graft it takes to get up there, however, is well worth it. The temple features are stunning and so is the view.
- The tenth and final recommendation is to try the Macklehose Trail along the mountains, once again, this one is for the more active types as the trail has been adapted for exercise. Every once in a while there is a piece of equipment for various types of fitness activities.
Thank you for reading my Top Ten Things To Do In Hong Kong, if you know of any other interesting places in Hong Kong, please leave your suggestions in the comments!