Top things to do in Hong Kong
Asia is one of our favourite regions, we love the cultural diversity, the food, the landscapes and of course the people. And now where can you find better examples than Hong Kong, this former British colony was once China’s gateway to the west.
Now of course mainland China is a lot more open to the world, but that hasn’t diminished any of Hong Kong’s charms, in fact it has only heightened its Asian side. Still one of the worlds trading hub’s, it is a melting pot of people from all over the world. This all makes Hong Kong one of the most diverse cities in the region.
We love the place and it is one of our favourite city break destinations. We couldn’t spend more than a few days there at a time, a long weekend or a stopover on route to somewhere else is just about perfect.
Next time you’re in Asia seriously consider stopping in Hong Kong on your trip. There are loads of things worth visiting. Below are our top recommendations if you do decide to go.
The peak is an absolute must when in Hong Kong, the islands highest point offers a great vantage point for anyone who loves a dramatic scene. From the top you have virtually unspoiled views right across the harbour towards Kowloon. One of the world’s most famous city skylines
Getting to the top is aboard one of the most amazing railways ever constructed, the nearly impossible angle at which the train rises up over the city is an engineering marvel in its own right. And well worth taking the ride even if you are not bothered by the view at the top.
The train has been serving the locals who live in the cities most exclusive district at the top as well as the many tourists who visit for over 125 years.
This is a great day the whole family will enjoy and the only cost is the train journey up which for a city like Hong Kong is relatively inexpensive.
Temple Street Night Market
For those that haven’t experienced the buzz and atmosphere of an Asian market, we highly recommend visiting Temple street market. It is one of the best examples and glimpse into the Asian culture.
Open every night of the week, from the moment the sun sets until late. Temple street market has featured in many a blockbuster movie, you will instantly recognise it when you arrive.
This is a great spot to indulge your love of shopping, and almost anything you could possibly want to pick up can be found here, from Tea’s, trinkets, jewellery, watches and electrical goods to a fine selection of Asian traditional medicines.
The market is also very popular among the foodies of the city, and almost any type of Asian street food can be bought and sampled here.
Lan Kwai Fong
Hong Kong’s centre of entertainment, packed with nearly 100 bustling bars and restaurants this is a great place to spend an evening or two. Throughout the year there are many carnivals and different themed events that take place at Lan Kwai Fong.
Visitor a Tailor
We always visit a tailor when in the city, in as little as 48hrs you are able to pick up a perfectly tailored suit or outfit, for often a lot less than an off the peg example would cost back in Europe.
The whole process starts with picking out a design from the hundreds of magazines on offer, all the top designers are available to copy. Then you choice your fabric and get measured up. Pop back the next day for the second fitting, and the day after your finished article is ready for collection or delivery to your hotel.
Our favourite tailor in the city is Sam’s located at the Burlington arcade on Nathan road, he has been a favourite of the cities elite for several decades now, in fact a lot of the other tailors in Hong Kong are just retail shops and the actual tailoring is done by Sam’s guys. But best to go direct to the man himself.
Tian Tan Buddha
Tian Tan Buddha, or Big Buddha as it’s more commonly known as, is the spiritual centre for Hong Kong’s practising Buddhists, and also a major tourist spot.
The 34 meter tall bronze statuette weighs over 250 tonnes and is one the world’s largest Buddhist sculptures. If you are in any way interested in learning about the culture of the places you visit then you should pay the Tain Tan a visit.
As well as the huge Buddha, there is plenty of opportunity to learn more about Asia’s dominant religion.
Entry to the surrounding grounds is free, but to enter the Buddha does require a modest fee.
Whatever you decide to do whilst in Hong Kong we hope you consider those things above, they are really spectacular. Either way enjoy yourself in one of the world’s truly great cities.