Hong Kong is a wonderful mixing pot of east meets west. One minute you could be on a street full of swanky cocktail bars, the next you could find yourself wondering down a side street with markets full of fruit, vegetables and strange unrecognisable dried things! I spent a few nights in Hong Kong with my husband, Matt on our honeymoon before heading to Bangkok. We flew from London Heathrow with Qatar Airways via Doha. I loved so much of this exciting city but have narrowed it down to my top five things to do while you are there:
1. A trip to Victoria Peak is a must; the steep Peak tram ride up is a great experience! On arrival go to the viewing deck at the top of the Peak tower, it has fantastic 360° views of the city. Best visited on a clear day, the Peak Tram Skypass is about £7 and enables you access to the viewing deck and return trip on the tram.
2. I thoroughly recommend a trip to Lantau Island and the Tian Tan Buddha. At 34 metres tall it is the largest seated outdoor Buddha in Asia. From Hong Kong Island you can jump on an MTR train, which is easy as most of the signage is in English. Once there you take a 30 minute cable car ride up to Ngong Ping village and the Buddha. The views of the airport and surrounding Hong Kong are brilliant from the cable car. Climb the 268 steps up to the Buddha, it’s worth it, this was one of my favourite experiences. Also take a look inside the monastery, it is beautiful.
3. The famous Symphony of Lights is a must see while in Hong Kong. Catch the Star ferry from Hong Kong Island across Victoria Harbour to Kowloon and watch the impressive laser and light show illuminate the city skyline to music. The ferry is very cheap, and you get great views of the harbour and the city. The light show is on every night at 8pm and is free.
4. The mid-level of Hong Kong is a very exciting experience, escalators transport you up above the city’s street level to trendy bars and funky restaurants. Look out for Feather Boa, a bar on Staunton Street in Soho; it’s a bit sneakily hidden but if you find it you are in for a treat of tasty cocktails!
5. Visit Stanley Market, this is the place to grab yourself a bargain. You can get there on the MTR, by ferry or taxi. The market has all sorts from clothes, to jewellery and those all important souvenirs. Stanley also has some temples, great places to eat, and nice beaches.
What are your favourite things to do in Hong Kong? I’d love to hear your thoughts….