Guest Post: Things You Must Not Miss in Hong Kong

 

There is simply no way you can experience all the interesting things of Hong Kong in just one visit, but there are some of them you just absolutely can’t miss

1. Enjoy the view of Hong Kong in Victoria Peak

If you enjoy getting a bird’s eye view of the city, then make way to Victoria Peak – a mountain in the western half of Hong Kong Island. Rising 1,805 feet above sea level, the summit offers you breathtaking views of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, Victoria Harbour, and on very clear days, Kowloon’s eight mountains. The most popular way to get to the summit is a seven-minute ride on the Peak Tram, the world’s steepest funicular railway.

Once you reach the top, preferably by late evening, you will be welcomed by the Symphony of Lights. The show is a dazzling 15-minute sounds and light show that will leave its spectators in utter amazement. Certified as  “The largest permanent sound and light show in the world” by Guinness World Record, this show will appease your senses with one-of-a-kind digital fireworks, flashy lasers, and splendid light displays.

Madame Tussaud’s museum is part of the renowned chain of wax museums, but honestly, go there only if you haven’t been to any other Madame Tussauds before or want to see statues of some Hong Kong, China celebrities.

 

2. Pay a visit to the Hong Kong Museum of History

A visit to the Hong Kong Museum of History is an absolute must for anyone visiting this city.

The Hong Kong Museum of History has proved it’s possible to squeeze 400 million years of history into one 7,000 square meter space. A list-topper for history buffs, the museum has made enormous efforts in studying, collecting, processing and exhibiting countless objects which are related to the archaeology, history, ethnography and natural histories of Hong Kong and South China. Thematic exhibitions are also regularly held at different times.

Address:100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui East, KowloonTel:+852 2724 9042

Website:www.lcsd.gov.hk

3.Eat Dim Sum

There is an ancient Chinese tradition of drinking tea, known as yum cha, and with tea, it’s common to eat little bite sizes dishes which are known as dim sum. That’s why dim sum is often served at teahouses and always goes with hot tea. Dim sum originated as a morning or early afternoon meal, but today you can have it any time of day. And there’s no better place in the world to enjoy it than Hong Kong. While some restaurants serve dim sum from pushed carts and others allow guests to order from a menu, you can expect a similar roster of options including har gow (steamed shrimp dumplings), char siu baau (barbecued pork buns), spare ribs, turnip cakes, and much more.

There are countless places where you can order dim sum, but some of the best options are:

Tim Ho Wan: If your budget is tight, this is the place for you. —–Tim Ho Wan is known as the cheapest Michelin–starred restaurant in the world (there are twelve locations in Hong Kong, but only the North Point, Sham Sui Po, and Tai Kwok Tsui locations are on Michelin’s list).

Address:

  • North Point: Shop B, C, & D, G/F, Seaview Building, 2 Wharf Road, North Point
  • Sham Pui Po: G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing St
  • Tai Kwok Tsui: Shop G, 72A-C Olympian City2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kwok Tsui

Luk Yu Tea House: Recognized for holding true to its traditional style, if you are looking for an old-school dim sum experience, try Luk Yu Tea House

Address:24-26 Stanley Street, Central

Mott32: for nouveau dim sum made with high-end international ingredients, try Mott32.

Address: Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd Central, Central

 

4. Have a taste of Hong Kong nightlife in Lan Kwai Fong

Lan Kwai Fong is located between Wyndham Street and D’Aguilar Street on Hong Kong Island. It has been long known as the most famous bar street in Hong Kong, 80 restaurants and bars are spread in this narrow L-shaped lane.

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The names and furnishings of dining places in this unique cultural district are all westernized. The bars have simple décor, a bar, bar stools, and a bar cabinet with all kinds of beer and drinks. Wing Wah Lane is a gourmet street with many foreign cuisines, such as the Japan style sheet iron fever, Indian curry rice, and gourmet food from Malaysia and Thailand.

Most popular bar in Lan Kwai Fong:

C Bar: A small yet lively bar. The seats in front offer a view of the bustling crowds. Service hours last as long as 16 hours from 09:00 to 01:00 the next morning.

Address: Shop A, G/F, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central

FONG: In the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, the first floor has bar stools and the second floor has a glamorous lounge bar.

Address: 34-36 D’Aguilar St, Lan Kwai Fong, Central

La Dolce Vita 97: The most popular bar. Offering Italian gourmet food during the day, it is a music bar at night with live shows each Thursday and Saturday.

Address: 9-11 Lan Kwai Fong, Central

The Whiskey Priest: An Ireland theme bar. It is a good place for live ball game broadcasts, serving authentic Irish dishes and black beer.

Address: 13 Lan Kwai Fong, Central

 

5.Enjoy the fresh air in Hong Kong Park

An oasis of green in an urban setting, Hong Kong Park is outstanding in the way its design blends in with the surrounding natural landscape. The park features an aviary, a greenhouse, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, fountains, lily ponds, playgrounds, a restaurant and even a marriage registry. The aviary features more than 80 species of birds in a well-designed tropical ‘rainforest’. It is a popular place for locals to practice tai chi or read in a secluded spot.

You can also join one of the free guided bird-watching walks held every Wednesday by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society. You can find more information here.

About writer- Jason Tran

Since I’m in my 20s, the passion for traveling has taken me to every corner of South East Asia and many other places around the world. I love wandering around the world and sharing my experience with all fellow travelers. You guys can check out some of my articles to learn how to travel cheaper and better.

 

About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

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