As a city that never sleeps, rests, or stops for a breath there is never a shortage of things to do. People say a New York minute is a Hong Kong second, meaning that while everything in the Big Apple is known to move quickly, Hong Kong takes this to an entirely new level. Here’s my list of what to do in Hong Kong.
Go, Island Hopping
Made up of up over 260 islands, Hong Kong provides endless potential for discovery beyond its central districts. A short ferry ride will take you to one of the regions quieter parts, where freshly caught seafood, scenic hikes, less known cultural attractions, and golden beaches are in abundance. The most well known and must-visit islands are Lamma and Cheung Chau, both of which can be visited from Central Pier on Hong Kong Island.
Have your Fortune Read
Steps away from the famous Temple Street Night Market, glowing red and yellow tents line a road that has become famous for hosting those who claim to have the speculated talent of fortune telling. Using various modes of practice such as palm reading, tarot cards and even caged birds, these vendors of fate offer a glimpse of the future for those brave enough to ask for it.
Spend a Night in Lan Kwai Fong
Known to locals as LKF, Lan Kwai Fong is one of the most popular nightlife spots in Hong Kong. With almost 100 restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from it’s near impossible to not enjoy your time there. Start your night by pre-drinking with locals and expats outside of a 7-eleven, head to a shisha bar, or indulge in some jello-shots before heading to some of the city’s most famous clubs. Personal favourites include Ce La Vie, Fly, and Volar.
Cliff Dive in Sai Kung
For those adrenaline junkies out there, the opportunity to jump from the Sheung Luk stream in Sai Kung is one that shouldn’t be passed. The 8-meter cliff isn’t easy to get to, requiring a tackling of slippery rocks and unforgiving bramble, but for those eager to jump from said height, such obstacles shouldn’t be much of a problem. After taking the plunge, head to Sai Kung beach where you can enjoy good food, the sea, and the sun.
Climb Lantau Peak
As the second highest summit in Hong Kong, Lantau Peak offers two things. Firstly, an opportunity to enjoy an incredible view of the region, and secondly a challenge for those brave enough to climb it. Located on Lantau, one of Hong Kong’s biggest islands, the ascent takes around 2-hours, is notably steep and can be frightening to descend in the dark. I recommend starting early and spend the rest of the day enjoying the rest of the wonders that Lantau Island has to offer.
Try the Street Food
A visit to Hong Kong without experiencing local street-food isn’t really a visit to Hong Kong at all. Throughout the city you can expect to pass numerous stalls or holes-in-walls where vendors offer freshly grilled, baked, steamed and blended delicacies. Must tries are egg waffles, grilled meat and seafood, fish balls, bubble tea, and if you’re adventurous enough, snake or tortoise soup.
Take a Ferry to Macau
Like Hong Kong, Macau is another of China’s special administrative regions. The country is just 38-miles of off the coast of Hong Kong and can be easily visited by ferry. The relatively small island was under Portuguese rule until 1999 and displays an intriguingly unique blend of European and Chinese features. It is most famous for its selection of casinos, being somewhat of the Las Vegas of Asia and attracting high-rollers from across the globe. Macau is also home to the world’s highest bungee jump as well as many interesting ruins and museums. Don’t forget to bring your passport.
Shop for Antiques
When in search of souvenirs, keepsakes, and gifts, the antique market on Cat Street is an absolute must visit. Here visitors can explore numerous stalls offering an eclectic selection of goods including propaganda posters from the Cultural Revolution, rare ornaments, jade accessories, and wooden talismans. Bring your bartering skills, as all prices are usually negotiable.
Visit Disneyland or Ocean Park
In Hong Kong, the ‘happiest place on Earth’ is always just an MTR ride away. A must visit for the young and young-at-heart, Hong Kong Disneyland is a chance to revisit the characters and stories that help to shape our childhoods. For those seeking something a bit more exhilarating Ocean Park offers bigger, faster and scarier rides, and makes the most of Hong Kong’s mountainous terrain, connecting various parts of the park by aerial tramway. The Park also hosts various animal enclosures hosting pandas, penguins, and seals.