The best of Hong KongMarch 19, 2018
From skyscrapers to the South China Sea, Hong Kong offers visitors spectacular sights with endless choices of good food. Below are the top sights you need to see and things to do when visiting Hong Kong.
Sky100 Observation Deck – Head to Hong Kong’s tallest building, the ICC, to find the Sky100 Observation Deck where you can see magnificent 360-degree views of Hong Kong. From the Victoria Harbour with all the ships to Central’s skyscrapers, the South China Sea and everything in between. Sky100 offers visitors the option to visit in the day as well as at night and both are well worth the visit. You are also able to take in the view over a meal at Café 100 by The Ritz Carlton or simply sit on one of the chairs by the tall, glass windows.
Hong Kong Park – It’s rather special to be able to have this amount of greenery in between such large skyscrapers. Inside the park, you’ll find The Edward Youde Aviary which has raised walkways that allow visitors to walk through the lush tree canopy while spotting various birds. The aviary is roughly 3000 square metres and allows you to watch the birds and look at the various shrubs and trees from different angles and elevations.
Victoria Peak – We have all seen the typical Hong Kong skyline photos that have been taken from Victoria Peak and you should have your own photographs too. The view is spectacular, especially in the evening when you can watch the sun fade away and the city lights start to be switched on. If you are visiting ‘The Peak’, be mindful of the number of visitors who will be there for sunset and on the weekends. You could be in the ques for the Peak Tram for over an hour at the bottom as well as for your return but the view is worth it and you cannot come to Hong Kong without seeing it at least once.
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade for A Symphony of Lights – Enjoy a night by the water and the view of Hong Kong’s cityscape from Kowloon. The buildings are beautiful enough at night but if you want to see something extra special, stay for the light show which occurs every evening at 20:00 with various sounds and lights. Visitors should arrive an hour before to get a good spot, especially if you are a photographer but expect it to be full of people who will most likely take up the original space you tried to keep free for your camera setup.
Ngong Ping 360 – There’s a very special area in Hong Kong called Lantau island which is home to the adventure-filled Ngong Ping 360. Your experience starts with a 5.7 kilometre cable car ride where you will journey over Tung Chung Bay and the lush flora of Lantau North Country Park. Keep your eye out for the view of Hong Kong International Airport at the beginning of the ride and the spectacular Big Buddha at the end. The Crystal Cabin will allow you to enjoy the view of your surroundings through the glass floor which is especially fascinating to see when passing over Tung Chung Bay and the occasional hikers. Once you’re at the top, be sure to visit the themed attractions such as Walking with Buddha, VR360, Stage 360, and Motion 360.
Food – The streets of Hong Kong are lined with local eateries and markets selling delicious food. Stroll around until you see a restaurant that you like. Menus are often in English and are displayed outside of the eatery or on the window. Dim Sum Square is an area dedicated to various dim sum restaurants and is worth the visit. Hong Kong is also home to the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world which is called Tim Ho Wan and has a restaurant in Central as well as in Kowloon. For something a little more western, try McDonald’s Next. With only one of its kind in the world, it is a must-try.
Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens – For your dose of greenery in between the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, visit the botanical gardens. Grab a picnic and enjoy sitting by the fountain with a contrasting view between the lush landscape and the tall buildings popping out in the background.
Star Ferry – Taking a ferry across the water from either Hong Kong Island or Kowloon is an affordable way to take in the surrounding views from the water. It is only HK$3,60 per journey and you can buy a token at the pier or use your Octopus card.
Lan Kwai Fong – The street in Central and the surrounding area are lined with shops and an endless amount of eateries and bars which makes this a great spot for a day or night out.
Temple Street Night Market – A Hong Kong market is something one must do when visiting for the first time. You may not be interested in purchasing a handbag, small electronics or accessories but you can still enjoy walking down the street and grabbing some noodles, prawns or dim sum from one of the eateries under the neon-lit signs on the street.
Hong Kong offers visitors a variety of things to do and this is only the tip of the iceberg. It’s food, culture and sights are some of the best there are and definitely worth the visit when coming to Asia.