Unearthing Top Things To Do
‘What’s in a name?’ This famous quote by William Shakespeare truly justifies the Hong Kong city and it’s not hard to see why several flights to Hong Kong flock in. This eastern ‘harbour city’ overflows with undying energy and the reasons are strong enough to give you sleepless nights. ‘A minute in New York is a second in Hong Kong’ – you’ll hear it from the tourists as soon as you step into the city.
The smell of dim sum, the sky-kissing buildings, trendy restaurants and bars, the attention-grabbing skyline and endless markets make Hong Kong a ‘visit to the moon’ experience.
It’s maddening and impossible to do everything in this city. Nevertheless, there are a few things that should not be missed. Let’s take you up…
Go ‘Zoom’ from Victoria Peak
If you get one wish to fulfil in Hong Kong, just take in the view of the entire city from Victoria Peak, the most striking places of interest that rises almost 2,000 feet above sea level. From the summit, the spectacular views of Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and Victoria Harbour are worth capturing with your DSLR. Carry some excellent zoom lenses. And how do you go up? Well, hold your breath as you board the world’s steepest funicular train – Peak Tram and reach the top within 7 minutes. The debate is, whether the view is better during the day or during the night! That’s for you to find out.
Care for a Junk Boat?
In Hong Kong, the term ‘junk’ is used to cherish a weekend. The locals love to escape the city hustle by hiring a Junk Boat. It’s an activity which is loved extremely. The term ‘Junk’ previously referred to Chinese fishing boats, but now they are leisure motorized vessels. The rides range from 4-7 hours, including surplus food and drinks.
Doesn’t matter whatever junk you’re on, it’s a wonderful way to soak up the city once the waters become your road. Your kids will love this water ride as they’ll be able to admire the city from a distance. They might shout ‘once more, once more. And you have to give it to them.
Stroll down the Street Markets
While you’re on your Hong Kong flights let you imagination run wild about the things you wish to see and buy, it’s all there in the energetic city of Hong Kong. Be it the 100 stall’s at the Ladies Market selling clothes and souvenirs, or buying anything from watches to whales at the Temple Street Market or hunting and bargain antiques at the Cat Street. Apart from these crazy markets, there are special markets for electronics, kitchenware, birds and more for the zealous shoppers.
Admire the Big Buddha
Shifting your eyes from the high-rise city to the rugged terrains of Lantau Island, lies the mammoth, 200-ton bronze statue of the Tian Tan Buddha. Generally, known as the ‘Big Buddha’, it can be reached by boarding the Ngong Ping 360 gondola.
Hike Dragon’s Back
Apart from housing towering buildings and shopping activities, Hong Kong also provides breathtaking hiking options. Among the 31 miles stretch of Hong Kong’s trails, lies the most renowned portion called the ‘Dragon’s Back. Enjoy views of the beach, the countryside and the majestic South China Sea.
Off to the Beach we go
Within an hour from the city centre, some gorgeous beaches await your exploration. Unlike several other beaches, Hong Kong offers a lot for everyone. One of the best options is the Shek O. With extensive stretches of sand, food stalls and resorts, this beach offers a more secluded time with nature. Other beach beauties are Tai Long Wan and the pristine coast of Sai Kung Peninsula.
Relish Michelin-Starred Cuisine
If you think eating and dining is pricey in Hong Kong, it is not. Whether you’re looking for some lip-smacking street food or well-plated or well-decorated cuisine in a 5-star Michelin restaurant, you can eat your heart out. There are roughly 70 Michelin-starred awarded restaurants all over the city.
Hong Kong is the best place to sample some dim sums.
What usually originated as a morning meal, can be savoured anytime of the day. Whether you grab a bowl of dim sums while shopping or get cosy at a restaurant, there are various flavoured dim sums that you can relish even on your flights from London to Hong Kong.