As the popular (but true) saying goes, “An NYC minute is a Hong Kong second”. A visit to this extraordinary city will show you that the saying is true in all its forms. The city is a thrilling idiosyncrasy of over 7 million residents with an infectious energy that motivates visitors to explore this wondrous city. Top things to do while in Hong Kong include eating dim sums shopping and visiting all the popular landmarks while Instagramming the skyline. Get lost in the countless street markets, take a boat or ferry ride across to visit islands, or just walk around the packed streets of Hong Kong to experience moments that shouldn’t be missed.
The gorgeous view from Victoria Peak
A must-do on your Hong Kong travel list is to visit Victoria Peak and take in the breath-taking view of the island from that point. Perched 1805 feet above the sea, it is considered the most famous point in the city. The summit lets visitors enjoy a picturesque sight of the Victoria Harbour, Kowloon and its eight mountains. Although there are various ways to get to the top of the peak, the easiest would be a 7-minute ride on the planet’s steepest funicular rail, the Peak Tram.
Take a long look at the Big Buddha
Towards the west of the city is the famous Lantau Island, which houses the 202-tonne statue of the Tian Tan Buddha. The mountainous terrain of this island hides the Big Buddha, which is the main attraction on the island. One of the best ways to get to this massive bronze statue is by hopping on to a Ngong Ping 360 gondola. While taking this ride, visitors can witness impressive sights of the Hong Kong International Airport, North Lantau Country Park, the surrounding countryside and the massive South China Sea.
Take a ride on the Star Ferry
Every year since 1888, over 20 million riders are transported across the Victoria Harbour on the Star Ferry. Although Hong Kong’s best public transport facility, the MTR is an efficient mode to take between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, a ride on the Star Ferry is quite epic. For a small fee, visitors can witness scenic sights whole taking this boat ride. Gaze at inspiring skylines on both sides of the water while cruising along in the boat. For those who are taking the ferry just to enjoy the views, it is advisable to go in the night to enjoy a sight of the twinkling skylines.
Stroll through the street markets
Almost everything can be bought at the lively street markets of Hong Kong. Ladies’ Market is a popular choice, which plays home to over 100 stalls that sell accessories and clothes. The Temple Street Market offers everything from watches to clothes to noodles, while Cat Street is renowned for its antiques. Fa Yuen Street, fondly called the Sneakers Street and Apliu Street Market are known for electronics, flowers, birds, goldfish, jade, kitchenware and more.
The large island of Lantau
Hong Kong’s largest island Lantau sparsely populated. It plays home to natural parklands, mountains, beaches, and hiking/biking trails. Visit this island to have a relaxed time, while enjoying the sights and outdoor activities. Disneyland is one of the most popular attractions, and is quite the fantasy world with typical Disney attractions sizzling shops, unique restaurants and peppy live entertainment. The entire setting is delightful and reminds you of your childhood. Visit the Po Lin Monastery, which houses one of the biggest sitting Buddha statues in the world. While on Lantau Island, you must explore the Tai O village, which is famous for its fishing setting, stilt houses, waterways and colourful fishing boats.
The fun times at Ocean Park
The most popular and the biggest theme park in Hong Kong is Ocean Park. Housing acrobatic sea mammals and exhibits of various sea creatures, this park has a section solely for pandas as well. Take a ride on the sky tram and be mesmerised with the sights of the scenery. Apart from the Amazing Asian Animals department, there is a big roller coaster and numerous other rides to enjoy in.
Experience the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
Running along the top of the waterfront in Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is the best platform to enjoy the beautiful sights of the skyline in Hong Kong. This location also makes for a wondrous stage to view the beautiful, bustling Victoria Harbour. The promenade plays home to the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Avenue of Stars, the Clock Tower, Museum of Art and the Star Ferry Terminal.
Take a walk along the international metropolis or take the ferry to visit the beautiful island, GoFro ensures your trip to Hong Kong will include all the best and must-visit locations.