5 Hong Kong Must Dos
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#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!
Taking the Star Ferry
Riding the Star Ferry
#2 Symphony of Lights
Victoria Harbour is already a stunner but add watching 40 buildings on either side of the harbour 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 harbour 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 harbour facing suite at the Shangri-La Kowloon as well as Aqua.
The view from Aqua
Here’s a snippet of the show. This is an unedited video I filmed with my iPhone:
#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.
Night view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak.
#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.
#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.
Kau Kee‘s beef brisket soup and curried beef with noodles
Who’s a happy eater in HK! At Crystal Jade in Kowloon
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.
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!
Other helpful posts I’ve written about Hong Kong
- 6 Hong Kong View Points Not To Miss
- A Snippet Video of Victoria Harbour
- Visiting Hong Kong Markets
- Visiting Tian Tan Buddha and Tai O
- What I did When I Couldn’t Sleep in HK
- Shangri-La Hotel Kowloon and Shang Palace Review
- Where To Eat In Hong Kong
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