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Why should you visit Hong Kong!

by Winnie Wong | March 15, 2019

Hong Kong is a restless city full of culture and hidden beaches to explore. Traverse the concrete forest of tall buildings in the central of the island via Hong Kong tram, sail across the Victoria Harbor on a ferry or take a thrilling glass floor cable car ride to the famous Big Buddha statues. Hong Kong has it all for a perfect city break, be it for culture, nature, food, and shopping.

1. It’s one of the world's food heavens

Hong Kong attracts chefs and restaurateurs from all over the world. From delicious street food, cheap local food joint dai pai dong, mouthwatering dim sum to hipster gastropubs, to some the world’s most renowned Michelin-starred restaurants.

2. The stunning view of the city’s skyscrapers along Victoria Harbour, day or night

Picturesque sharp angled skyscrapers is stunning whether you view it from the Peak on Hong Kong Island, the waterfront promenade in Tsim Sha Tsui or take the ferry ride across Victoria Harbour between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Sipping cocktails with this view from the highest bar in the world up on the 118th floor at Ozone Bar is indeed a wonderful experience that you will never forget.

3. Gorgeous hiking trails

You may not know this, but the skyscrapers that Hong Kong is famous for only take up one third of the territory. The other two thirds are made up of beautiful mountains, streams, waterfalls, beaches and forests, with established hiking trails of varying length and difficulty all over the map. Be it a stunningly beautiful walk to quiet beaches with turquoise water at Dragon’s Back Trail and Tai Long Wan Trail in Sai Kung or a walk to see the panoramic view of the city landscape from the Peak and the Lion Rock Trail. Gorgeous mountaintop vistas of Hong Kong’s natural landscape and surrounding islands await.

4. Street markets

Temple Street

Temple street market is a bustling night market where you sample fried spicy crabs from Dai Pai Dong (street food stalls), visiting unique fortune tellers, souvenir shopping for trinkets, jade & antiques to electronics & watches. Temple street is usually more fun at night and starts to get busy around 10pm onwards to the end.

There is a long tradition of fortune telling in and around temples. Each fortune teller has a small stall with a table and chair and posters for their specialty in their fortune teller methodology and don’t worry about language barrier as some fortune tellers can speak English. Face and palm reading is a very usual practise. Watch out for the unique bird fortune telling where a small bird will select a card from a large pack and that card will be your fortune.  Varies methods are used including palm and face reading, bird fortune telling.

There are also performance stalls set up by Cantonese Opera artists where some enthusiastic singers are singing as a hobby. It will be interesting to meet them and learn about the unique singing style rooted in Cantonese culture.

Ladies Market

Bargaining your way through the Ladies Market that stretches on for one kilometer is definitely a very fun shopping and cultural experience.  It is a very busy and popular market in Hong Kong. It is a good place for you to find some souvenirs. Despite its name, it is not only selling goods for the ladies, the market is also full of stalls selling all kinds of watches, tech gadgets, cosmetics, bags, home furnishings and trinkets. This market is definitely one stop for you to hunt for souvenirs for your friends and immerse yourself in the local market culture.

 

5. Grand temples

The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery 

The Big Buddha sits 34 metres high and facing north to look over Chinese people, this majestic bronze Buddha draws pilgrimages from all over the world. Po Lin Monastery is one of the most important Buddhist sanctums that is home to many devoted monks. The monastery has three bronze Buddha statues representing his past, present and future lives. The Wisdom Path nearby is a wonderful walk to admire the verses written from the centuries old Heart Sutra on 38 wooden steles.

Getting the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car to get to the Big Buddha is a great way of access. If you are feeling adventurous, it is definitely take the Crystal Cabin (glass floor) to enjoy the spectacular view of the beautiful Lantau Island and South China Sea.

Wong Tai Sin Temple

Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of the most important temple to Hong Kong people. It is rumoured to be the most accurate fortune telling and praying place for people. Each Chinese new year, government officials go to temple and pray for good fortune for this bustling city. The way to get your fortune in the temple is simple. You hold on to a bamboo cylinder of 100 numbered wooden sticks and kneel under the gods in the temple, asking for your wish , then shake the cylinder until one stick drop out. You then take this stick to a fortune teller so they will explain your. English speaking fortune teller are available.

6. Thriving nightlife scene

Lan Kwai Fong and Soho is the place to experience Hong Kong’s buzzing nightlife. This neighbourhood is packed with upscale clubs and restaurants, and boasts some of the best bars and parties in Asia. Revellers wander from bar to bar and every place is filled with people intent to party the night away. Whereas, Wan Chai region has a different vibe as it is known as more of a red light district filled with gentlemen’s club, sports bar and some famous rooftop bars. The area have a more relax vibe compare to the neighbouring busy Soho. On the other side of the Victoria Harbour, Tsim Sha Tsui is also full of life at night and it has the one of the oldest live jazz bar in Hong Kong (Ned Kelly’s Last Stand).

If you really fancy a quieter place for a drink with a view, rooftop bars are definitely recommended as an option for you to relax. Hong Kong has the highest rooftop bar Ozone at 118/F in the world after all.

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