Hong Kong, a city I've some how always had bad luck in, be it sickness or being off loaded on flights, there has always been something that went wrong. Yet as I sit here, going through the photo albums I just want to go back in a heartbeat. It isn’t the travel bug in me that is encouraging me to fly away, but the city itself is drawing me in. There’s just something about cities in Asia that makes you want to be there, whether you are an avid traveller or not.
In my opinion, if you are visiting Hong Kong I’d recommend at least a 5-day stay. There are lots to do there and even if you don’t want to visit attractions and just chill, there’s always the hotel pool or the hotel bars. I would highly recommend finding a hotel at one of the locations where the airport express metro stops and it only has four stops (excluding the airport). The last time I was there, I stayed at the W Hong Kong located just above the Kowloon station, and yes Kowloon is one of the stops on the airport express. In fact there are check in counters at the Kowloon station, so you can check in there and then head to the airport. For more information on this hotel and my stay, watch the video below.
The attractions in this city are as follows:
- Ngong Ping 360 – situated at Lantau Island – The Big Buddha
- Hong Kong Disneyland
- Nan Lian garden
- Victoria Peak (the Peak)
- Man Mo Temple
- And much more!
I haven’t been to the Disneyland in Hong Kong, but based on my experiences at other Disneyland parks, I can without a doubt say that you’ll need an entire day at this attraction. The Ngong Ping 360, which is situated at Lantau Island, is another attraction that will take up majority of your day.
Going up the Gondola at the Ngong Ping 360 offers breath-taking views. It is a 5.7km cable car journey travelling between Tung Chung Town Centre and Ngong Ping on Lantau Island. Situated adjacent to the Ngong Ping cable car terminal is the Ngong Ping village which is also where the Tian Tan Buddha Statue is situated.
The Tian Tan Buddha statue is a seated statue that sits calmly next to the Po Lin Monastery. In the village, there are a number of shops to purchase some local souvenirs as well as get something to eat. And of course you can take some photos as memorabilia.
Ah, Victoria Peak. You haven’t been to Hong Kong, unless you’ve visited the peak. The best time to go, in my opinion is just before sunset and over look the city as the night line comes on. Please note, Hong Kong in winter is very cold and it is very chilly at the Peak.
One of the most important things that you should know about Hong Kong is that there is no GST; so ladies and gentlemen, please shop till you drop. The Kowloon mall, which is also situated above the MTR station, is quite popular for shopping. There is a lot more that I can say about Hong Kong, but I should leave some for mystery. The other important thing about Hong Kong is the food. This can be an issue. For more information on that and more watch the video below.
Until next time,