The tallest city in the world, offering one of the most spectacular skylines in the world, this city can easily be enjoyed in two days, making it an interesting alternative to a European city break. Often a city of stop-overs for those taking long-haul flights, again, it can easily be enjoyed in a short window of time.
The international airport is situated approx. 30 miles away from the city centre, but there is a very quick Airport Express, which takes you to Hong Kong Central in just 20 minutes!
It’s also incredibly easy, cheap and fast to get around the city once you’re in it. Hong Kong’s metro system (MTR) is one of the most modern in the world and will get you anywhere within the city, in just a short ride.
A city full of high-intensity experiences, here are a few things that we feel you shouldn’t miss!
Asia’s Hollywood Boulevard
Hong Kong has its own version of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Located in Tsim Sha Tsui along from Victoria Habour, the Avenue of Stars features statues honoring 100 years of Hong Kong’s cinematic history. Here you’ll find star plaques in the ground, just like the ones in Hollywood, with popular names such as Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan!
The Symphony of Lights
Head over to Kowloon to watch the 15-minute laser show which spectacularly highlights Hong Kong Skyscrapers!
At 8pm people flock to the Kowloon waterfront to watch the neon lights, light up Hong Kong’s famously tall buildings, all set to music. Possibly one of the most fantastic light shows you’ll see.
Shopping in Hong Kong is a must, as generally speaking, everything is cheaper in Hong Kong than in Europe. One of the ultimate Hong Kong shopping experiences is to be had at the iconic street market, ‘Ladies Market’ in Mong Kok.
Here you can find anything from clothes to wigs, to electronics and souvenirs. Bartering skills are a bonus, as if you are prepared to haggle, then there are bargains to be had!
View from Victoria Peak
Take the Peak Tram, a 19th century cable-car, which elevates to around 500m and takes you the spot where you’ll get the best views of Hong Kong – the Victoria Peak. You’ll be treated to a 360 degree view of the entire island, the only place where those massively tall buildings will seem tiny from above.
The view of the skyline is simply spectacular from this point at all times of day, and there are many bars and restaurants in which you can enjoy it from.
Biggest sitting Buddha statue in the world
Located on Lantau Island, a few minutes metro ride from Central Hong Kong, is the Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha.
The huge bronze Buddha statue sits on top of Mount Muk Yue and it symbolizes the stability of Hong Kong, prosperity of China, and peace on earth. You’ll need to take a cable-car ride to reach the top of the mountain, where there are three levels to choose from, all for breath-taking views.
The longest escalator in the world
The Central Mid Levels escalator transports people from the Western District to Central Hong Kong, and although it is just an escalator, it is quite impressive! It covers 800m in distance and is 135m high, and really is quite fascinating to go on it! It takes a few minutes to get from bottom to the top (or top to bottom), during which time however, you get an amazing insight into an “off-the-beaten-track” spot of Hong Kong.
Party in Lan Kwai Fong
The location of many of the best bars, restaurants and clubs in the city centre, Lan Kwai Fong is a T-Shaped street in the Mid Levels of Central Hong Kong, which some say is similar to London’s Soho area.
Located right in the middle of the city’s business district, resulting in a dinner time rush, as workers flock here for food and drinks after work.
Lan Kwai Fong represents the glamour, trendy and cosmopolitan life of the city but can get very busy with locals and tourist alike!
Need a place to stay in Hong Kong? As with any city, there is no shortage of accommodation at all prices and star ratings.
Photos by Beatrici Photography