8 “NOT TO MISS” ATTRACTIONS IN HONG KONG

8 “NOT TO MISS” ATTRACTIONS IN HONG KONG
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Hong Kong is dazzling, frenzied, exciting and expensive country. Some of attractions in Hong Kong are the most vibrant places on earth. From exploring nature, to seeing the skyline of Hong Kong, I would recommend staying at least a week. You will have all the time in the world to discover the city from exploring the nature and eating your heart out. Hong kong has everything a tourist could ask for. If you don’t know what to do with so many options and so many places to choose from? Here are my favorite 8 things to do in Hong Kong!

1. Visit Victoria Peak

Commonly known as “The Peak” is one of the most scenic tourist attractions of Hong Kong at 396 meters above sea level. It offers a great views of the dazzling metropolis, harbor, beautiful skyline and islands surrounding the city. At the top of the tram are shops, restaurants, and an observation deck. Most of The Peak is covered by a large park with lush green nature trails that also leads down to the city. You can explore it if you are an adventure lover and a hiking fan. I traveled with my family so preferred to take a tram.

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The views from the Peak are great during any time of the day. I suggest you reach there post afternoon to explore all the indoor activities till the evening, than you can see the spectacular skyline in the night. In summer season go in the evening because the queue takes long and there is no shaded place to wait.

There is a giant mall at the top of the mountain along with Madame taussauds wax museum. Visitors will find more than 100 famous waxen personalities.  Some of them are Angelina jolie to Barack Obama, Amitabh Bachhan to Mahatma Gandhi alongside some of famous Cantonese celebrities, such as Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee.

How to get there

One can take a tram ride to the top from tram station near to the entrance to Hong Kong Park. If you want to go directly from your hotel, you can also take a taxi to the top. For families I recommend to skip the queue by booking your Peak Tram Ticket Online.

2.A day in Disney land Theme park

Hong Kong Disneyland is located at Penny’s Bay Lantau Island. If you are a Disney fan than Hong kong Disneyland is a wonderful place for you. It offers great fun and fantasy populated with Disney characters from Disney movies. The magical journey begins the moment you board the train for Disneyland resort. Disney characters will remind you of the Disney movies by representing them on trains, train stations or waiting areas.

The best part is that you can enter and enjoy Hong Kong’s Disneyland without waiting in long lines for entry passes to various attractions. It is well organized to avoid any waiting time at the entrance. If you are staying in one of the Disneyland resort bus service is available from all resorts to the theme park.

Disneyland theme park is basically divided into seven areas:

  1. Adventure land
  2. Fantasy land
  3. Toy Story Land
  4. Tomorrow land
  5. Grizzly Gulch
  6. Mystic Point
  7. Main Street U.S.A

Where one can enjoy a series of performances and shows that happen throughout the day in the various lands. Disneyland offers everything from parades to musical shows, evening fireworks over the castle (a must see).

How to get to Hong kong Disneyland theme park

If you want to pre-book yourself to save some time and hassle, pick up a Hong Kong Disneyland Admission with Transport. This comes with hotel pickup, general admission ticket and an MTR pass. Transport is to either Hong Kong or Kowloon to get you back at the end of the day.One can also take MTR to Disneyland Resort MTR Station. You can reach this site on the MTR Disneyland Line, Disneyland Station. Here are the detailed tips to reach Disneyland.

3. See the Big Buddha in Lantau Island

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While the city of Hong Kong is amazing, a little tranquility sometimes is welcome. If you are staying in one of the Disneyland theme park hotels on the island of Lantau you can visit the Tian Tan Buddha or the Big Buddha. It is one of the most visited attractions in Hong King. This buddha is actually the largest sitting buddha in the world. It is located in the middle of some stunning nature. You can have an amazing view of the surroundings after climbing the 268 steps to the top of the buddha.

If you are visiting Lantau island , exploring the Big Buddha and the surroundings will take up most of your day, so be sure to maximize your time on Lantau Island.

How to get to Lantau Island

From Hong Kong island the easiest way to get there is to take the Orange Line all the way to Tung Chung. The metro will take you roughly 35 minutes from Soho.

From Tung Chung station there are several options you can take either the Ngong Ping Cable Car, or walk to the bus station (exit B) and take line 23 to the Big Buddha. While the Ngong Ping Cable Car offers better views and is a lot faster, it is also a bit more expensive. So if you’re on a budget the bus might be a better option.  The ride on Monday to friday’s is 17$HK, on weekends and public holidays it is 27$HK. Find more information about the bus here.

4. Enjoy a drink at the roof top bar in Hong kong

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Hong kong offers amazing skyscrapers and some good rooftop bars that give you a great view of the dazzling city. It’s roof top bars are something not to miss while in Hong Kong. Some of the high end bars do require a dress code. Which means for men no shorts is allowed but smart casuals like a shirt and closed shoes are fine. For girls a dress code is often not stated, but it is advised to dress up a bit, you will have a better chance of actually being allowed into the bar. My personal favorites are Waterfall bar in Grand Hyatt, which has beautiful views over the harbor and is an amazing place for a sunset. And Ozone Bar in Ritz Carlton Kowloon, one of the highest bars in the world. Due to being one of the highest bars in the world, it is also one of the busiest and making a reservation in advance might be advised.

5. A day trip to Macau

Macau, which is located only a short ferry ride away from Hong Kong. It is a great place to visit during your stay. The city is unlike any other as it has both Portuguese and Chinese influences mixed together to form one amazing spectacle that’s truly one-of-a-kind. If you’re a fan of history, architecture, and culture-melding, then Macau is perfect for you. Opt to take the ferry for a day trip to Macau. Macau’s main sights are the big casino’s and hotels but also offers some historical sights to explore.

Tip: don’t forget to bring your passport, you are actually leaving and entering a different region with a different currency.

How to get to Macau

From Hong Kong Island you can take the ferry which is located close to the Shueng Wan MRT station. The Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal is near the IFC Towers in the Shun Tak Center and a one way ticket in economy class to Macau can range from 132 to 172 $HK.

From Kowloon there is a ferry leaving from Tsim Sha Tsui. The ferry terminal is located roughly a kilometer from the star ferry terminal. Also from here will a one way ticket in economy cost range between 132 and 172$HK.

6. Avenue of Stars in TSIM TCHA TSUI

No matter what time of day you decide to visit, you’ll more than likely be faced with crowds of people enjoying the sights of the area. The Avenue of Stars is modeled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame. honoring prominent Hong Kong actors, directors, producers, and other big names in the national film industry. It is finally open again as of January 2019, after nearly three years of repairs and renovations.

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During the day, tourists and visitors can enjoy finding the names of famous members of the city’s film industry etched into the floor of the promenade. At night, visitors are treated to one of the most spectacular light shows around as over 40 different building on either side of the harbor display. Synchronized lights and lasers with accompanying music makes it so spectacular. Starting precisely at either in the evening,tourists only have 10 minutes of show to watch. After that, you’ll wait to wait another day for the chance to see it all again!

Insider Tip: The Avenue is located along the Victoria Harbor shoreline, so this could be an add-on to your harbor adventure.

7. Shopping in Hong kong

In Hong Kong, it’s safe to say that you can shop until you drop, and you still wouldn’t see all the shops that can be found in the city. shopping is a great attraction for many tourists visiting Hong Kong. Street markets are part of Asian culture. In Hong Kong Temple Street Night Market is the best known with opening hours from 4 pm to midnight. The nearest subway station is Jordan (red line).

There you can find several stands selling bags, clothes, bags, cell phones, pen drives, and everything else. The quality of everything can be questioned but you can go just to look and eat something. There are also restaurants nearby that sell local food. However, it’s all a part of the experience and you should find some time for it. One of the districts you should definitely visit is Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon peninsula. It is a paradise for all shoppers as well as photographers and animal lovers since you can also find many exotic animals there.

7. Visit Lan Kwai Fong

A square located in the Central district of Hong Kong, Lan Kwai Fong is your doorway to the best nightlife the city has to offer. The area is extremely popular with expats, and there are nearly 100 bars, restaurants, and nightclubs catering to all ages of travelers who pass through. The area often hosts celebrations for major holidays such as Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.

 8. Hong Kong food tour

Hong kong is a paradise for food lovers. If you consider yourself a foodie, you will definitely love Hong Kong. There are many Hong Kong food tours, but no matter which one you choose, you’re bound to taste some delicious food. They also include a guide who can introduce you to some fantastic dishes and teach you more about the food culture in Hong Kong. After all, one of the best ways to get to know the culture is through the local food, and you definitely won’t go hungry in this city.

Tip: Chili crab is a must try delicacy so do not miss it.

Though Hongkong is my favorite ,but I have written about Top 10 travel destinations in Asia. You must check it out!

Hope you enjoy exploring Hong Kong and share your favorite places in the comment section so that i can include then in my next trip.

Till then – happy travelling!!

 

 

Naina

A wanderlust follower who believes travel broadens your horizons. I love to explore new places & beauty of nature as it fuels life into my soul.

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