When people visit Hong Kong they are often told by tour books, hotel concierges, and friends that they must visit Victoria Peak, the Big Buddha on Lantau Island, Ladies Market, Temple Street and Stanley. Some of these things are nice to see, but there is more to Hong Kong than just the tourist attractions. Ready to get below the surface level?
Here, we share our top 10 things to do/eat in Hong Kong.
Map created in collaboration with Air France
1. Lamma Island – There are no cars on Lamma Island, except for emergency vehicles. This is a stark contrast from Hong Kong Island with all their skyscraper, which is only a 30-minute boat ride away. Take an easy 2.5 hour hike across the island while snacking, admiring the view, and enjoying the beach. End with a fresh seafood dinner at Rainbow Seafood.
2. Sai Kung – Take a look at the fishermen on their boats along the pier selling the fish they caught that day. You may buy fish from them and take it to a nearby restaurant to be served the way you like with a cooking fee. Wander along the pier to catch a glimpse of the different kinds of dried seafood for sale, whether for immediate snacking or to take home and use for cooking. From Sai Kung, you can go out on a boat for water activities, such as wakeboarding and kayaking, or even a Geoparks tour. You can also catch a bus and go hiking with beautiful views.
3. Shau Kei Wan Main Street East – Located on the eastern part of Hong Kong Island, this street has a lot of food, from street food to Thai food and desserts to a popular noodle shop. Take a peek at some of the local shops and take a peek into some of the shops and see what the locals are eating.
4. Tai Ping Shan Street – This street is experiencing a growth spurt, with a mix of small, local food shops, boutique shops selling vintage goods, cooking classes, and coffee shops. One of our favorites is a tea shop named Teakha. Take an afternoon stroll and let yourself get lost exploring this street and its side streets.
5. Local food at Tung Po – This is a fun place to visit for a lively meal. The restaurant is set upstairs of a wet market and serves Chinese food, some dishes with unique twists. They play old Chinese music, as well as top 40’s clubbing music. It is quite the atmosphere. If you’re lucky, the owner may even join you and your friends to drink some beers together, after you see him pop open a bottle of beer with a chopstick. [2/F, Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Road, North Point]
6. Cycling in Tai Po – You can rent bikes and cycle through the New Territories of Hong Kong, away from all the skyscrapers and bright lights. See some of the local villages and try local food along this scenic route.
7. Avenue of Stars – Though this is often labeled as a tourist attraction, it provides one of the most expansive and beautiful views of the Hong Kong skyline. While walking along the promenade, stop and look across Victoria Harbor to Hong Kong Island. There is also the Symphony of Lights, which is a nightly light show at 8pm. Arrive 15 minutes early to grab a good spot to see the coordinated laser light show.
Avenue of the Stars is under construction until 2018.
8. Bar with a view at Ozone – Rest your feet from the exploring and roaming with a relaxing night at Ozone, the highest bar in the world. You can enjoy the view that looks out to the skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island, while enjoying one of their delicious drinks. [118/f, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Elements]
9. Broadway Cinematheque – This movie theater located in a private housing estate in Yau Ma Tei plays non-mainstream movies. Attached to the theater is the Kubrick bookstore that sells books about films. Buy a book and enjoy a restful afternoon at the cafe attached to the bookstore. While in the area, you may also check out the Jade Market and the Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market. [3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei]
10. Hao De Lai Xiao Long Bao Dian – This is our favorite Shanghai restaurant in Hong Kong. They have delicious Shanghai steamed dumplings, fried potstickers with soup broth inside, noodles, appetizers, and desserts. Good service, fantastic food, convenient location – what’s not to love? [Shop A, G/F, Fortune Court, 1 Tak Hing Street, Jordan]
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