Don’t be fooled by Hong Kong, this seemingly pint sized island is in fact a mini metropolis! This is an island densely packed with towering skyscrapers, ancient traditions, eclectic neighbourhoods and mouth watering delicacies. It doesn’t matter if this is your first visit or 100th visit, there is plenty here to keep you entertained!
But to help get you started, I recommend these top 5 things (many of which are free!) that you must do when you visit Hong Kong:
Hong Kong Museum of History
What’s the first activity you should do when you visit a new country? Why, learn about its history of course!
A standard ticket costs 10 HKD (approximately 1.30 USD), however if you visit on Wednesday it’s free admission! The Hong Kong Museum of History delves into the country’s political, cultural and archeological past. Ideally you should plan 2-3 hours here as there is a wealth of information to read, watch and discover. The exhibitions cover an array of interactive displays starting off with Hong Kong’s geological formation, right through to the country’s cultural and political affairs (think dynasties, colonial takeovers, and the infamous opium wars!)
5* Food on a 1* Budget
Hong Kong is renowned as a foodie’s paradise, covering every corner from energetic street food vendors, to world class fine dining.
But did you know that Hong Kong is also home to one of the world’s cheapest Michelin starred restaurants? Tim Ho Wan specialises in dim sum, and is the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant in the world. The queues alone at Tim Ho Wan (which can take up to an hour to be seated) is a testament alone to the food. Popular for fresh, flavourful dim sum, sweet BBQ pork buns and classic steamed prawn wonton, be sure to add this restaurant on your ‘to eat’ list!
Save your cash, take the ferry
The transport system in Hong Kong is fast and reliable, however if you need to get between Kowloon Island and Hong Kong Island then I recommend catching a ride on the Star Ferry. At around 2.50 HKD (less than 1 USD) per person each way this is by far the easiest and cheapest way to travel between the two islands. You will really enjoy the fantastic views (and take many photos!) of Victoria Harbour from the ferry, where you’ll see Hong Kong’s iconic landscape from another perspective.
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Ride 360 Ngong Ping
If you fancy a break from Hong Kong’s bustling atmosphere, then why not consider a day trip to Lantau island? The cable car journey to the island takes just 25 minutes, and you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the harbour, lush green mountains, and even a view of the whole airport!
Once you arrive at Ngong Ping village you are within walking distance to many of the popular attractions, including the renowned Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery and Linong Tea House (which is the only tea house in Hong Kong specialising in blooming flower tea).
Marvel at Victoria Harbour
And last but by no means least, no visit to Hong Kong is complete without a trip to Victoria Harbour. Great by day, spectacular by night, Victoria Harbour is best seen in the evening when the skyscrapers dazzle with glory from Hong Kong Island.
Every day at 8.00pm the public can watch the free Symphony of Lights Show, a synchronized performance combining narration, lights and music. To get the best view for the show make your way down to Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, which is where you’ll also find the Avenue of Stars (Hong Kong’s version of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame).
So, are you ready to explore Hong Kong?
These top 5 recommendations will help you to explore the highlights of Hong Kong. This mini metropolis combines a fascinating mix of cultures, old traditions and modern luxuries. Embrace the diversity and discover the many fascinating sides this island has to offer!
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