5 Hong Kong Must Dos

Star Ferry Hong Kong Symphony of Lights

Planning your trip to Hong Kong? Here are 5 Hong Kong Must-Dos!
While I was traveling on my round the world trip, I managed to visit Hong Kong twice. My first stop in Hong Kong was in 2011 after Bali and before Tokyo. I visited and stayed a week with my photographer buddy Toby. We have been friends since our college days in Vancouver. We met in an accounting class and he’s been a fantastic friend to me all these years. He’s been listening to my antics and privy to all the stories of my adventures. I was thrilled to be able to spend a week with him in Hong Kong, catching up, eating, and playing tourists together. The second time I went to visit an old friend and spent a month in the city. I rounded up my top 5 Hong Kong must-dos you should add to your travel plans. 

 

And my top 5 Hong Kong Must-Dos!

Hong Kong Must-Dos #1 – Star Ferry

The Star Ferry is a passenger boat that transports people across Hong Kong Harbour. It is a definite must do! You get to see both Kowloon and Hong Kong views of the city and it is one of the cheapest attractions to experience. Major bang for your buck!!

*I recommend riding the Star Ferry from Kowloon side to Hong Kong side. If you can, take the ferry in the evening as the Symphony of Lights show goes on and get a free light show at the same time!

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Taking the Star Ferry

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Riding the Star Ferry

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More views

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Night bright

Hong Kong Must-Dos #2 Symphony of Lights

Victoria Harbour is already a stunner but add watching 40 buildings on either side of the harbor put on a light show set to music. Some of the best places to view the show are at some of the hotels along the harbor front with viewing areas, the Star Ferry (as seen above), or a bar like Aqua or Ozone that is on top of a tall skyscraper with good windows. I have viewed the light show from the ferry, my harbor facing suite at the Shangri-La Kowloon as well as Aqua.

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The view from Aqua

Here’s a snippet of the show. This is an unedited video I filmed with my iPhone:

Hong Kong Must-Dos #3 Victoria Peak

Sometimes you have to do the super touristy thing because it’s worth it. In Hong Kong that is Victoria Peak. The views are amazing both day and night and I’m a sucker for a stunning view. When I went in 2011, I went during the evening so I’m keen to go back for some day time views. I know you can hike up to the peak so that may be my goal for my next HK visit when it’s not humid.

When I visited in 2011, Toby and I took the funicular. I love this word! Its definition is an inclined plane or cliff railway and it’s not very common in North America but it seemed common overseas.

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Funicular :)

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Night view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak.

Hong Kong Must-Dos #4 – Shopping or Window Shopping! 

If you love shopping, Hong Kong is a dream. Even if you don’t want to shop, the luxury retailers are something else in Asia. All the stores are so beautifully designed and merchandised. I didn’t buy anything it was fun to window shop and people watch. Check out the luxury stores in Central, department stores in Causeway Bay and IFC mall in Kowloon is amazing.

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Hong Kong Must-Dos #5 – Eat Delicious Food

Dining in Hong Kong is the best. I think it is one of the best food cities in the world. You can pretty much get any food in the world here and some of the best in fact. From street food to the best noodles to Peking Duck to fine French or Italian. It’s all here.

I do love eating cheap and delicious Chinese food and one of my favorite places is Kau Kee. It’s a noodle spot that Toby brought me to. We came here for an afternoon snack of beef brisket noodle soup as well as beef with curried noodles. The bowls were enough to fill us up (more than a snack in all honesty) and cost $7 HKD which is less than a dollar. I try to go back every visit!! The lines can be long but they move fast. It’s really no frills in there. Address: 21 Gough Street.

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Kau Kee‘s beef brisket soup and curried beef with noodles

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Who’s a happy eater in HK! At Crystal Jade in Kowloon

Hong Kong Must- Dos Bonus: Lang Kwai Fong

Now, this is not something I recommend for everyone. Some of my other local HK friends call this area hell. Lang Kwai Fong is an area on the Hong Kong island side. It’s a party zone at night and it’s where a lot of people come and party, especially expats. I came here with Toby one night to see it and a few times really late at night to grab food with friends. There’s a taco spot called Brickhouse in LKF that has awesome margaritas. Upstairs and away from the fray is a great bar that I love called Lily & Bloom which is in the Hotel LKF.

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The madness – LKF or Lan Kwai Fong 

When I went to Hong Kong in 2011, I fell in love with it. I loved the cosmopolitan nature, the expats, the culture, the shopping, the nightlife, and everything else it has to offer. I remember telling Toby that I could see myself living there. I went back again July 2012 and felt different about it. I had not planned on going again and went on a whim or rather reunited with a past amour. I had just spent 5 months on tropical islands with people who had next to nothing riding my scooter. I still enjoyed eating amazing food every day and hanging out with my boyfriend at the time but my values changed immensely. While I enjoyed Hong Kong and always love visiting but I don’t ever see myself living there. It’s not my cup of tea anymore. Perhaps for the proximity to the rest of Asia and being able to have weekend jaunts but I value space and simplicity now. I swear I’m going to end up living on a farm or at a beachside inn!! That’s the goal…Freedom 50 and living off the land!

Important links:

Star Ferry
Symphony of Lights
The Peak
Lan Kwai Fong
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**If you want to stay connected while you are in Hong Kong, considering renting a Y5 Buddy wifi hot spot. I was given a complimentary trial while I was in Hong Kong and I was able to connect several devices at one time. They let me test it but for around $5/day, it’s worth it if you are traveling with friends, business colleagues, or a partner. You can also check out their rates for other countries in Asia.**

What are your Hong Kong must dos? Share them in the comments!

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