Hello My Lovely’s,
Here are my top 6 things to do in Hong Kong!!
Location – Western Side of Hong Kong Island
Getting Here – MTR to Central, then a short walk to the Tram Terminus
Best Times to Go – Early Morning or Late evening
Price: Tram only, return – HK$45
Tram Return and Sky Terrace – HK$90
Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. Known to the locals as the Peak.
My advise would be to check the weather for the days you will be in Hong Kong when you land and try to pick the clearest day for it. While we were there we had fog every day. We left it till the 3rd day to go with the least amount of it.
We opted for the Tram and Sky terrace ticket. You can walk up to the peak but it is quite steep and my guess would take at least half a day. For walking, head towards Old Peak Road.
The tram ride itself is almost vertical in some areas and for me with wobbly knees was fine to do. A few head down moments for me but all in all it was very enjoyable.
Once you arrive at the top via tram there are a number off shops, coffee places and Madame Tussauds.
Do get there early. We arrived at 10am and queued for about 10 minutes. We left at around 2pm and the queue was miles long and up the road. In the Hong Kong Humid heat this is not something you’ll want to join!
Location: Tung Choi St, Mong Kok (Kowloon Side)
Getting Here: via MTR – Mong Kok
Best Times to Go: Any time from Midday
After being here, I have no doubt in my mind as to why it’s called Ladies Market. It is unreal. An absolute gem of a find for all shopaholic’s.
Its spread through a number of streets with market vendors on either side of the road selling their wares. It is a pedestrian street while the stalls are open and running.
Bags, purses, souvenirs, clothes, suitcases, phone cases, there is a huge amount of things you can find here. All available at great, haggle-able prices. We had the best time ever haggling with these guys. Do make sure you have enough time to spend here. If you’re a born again shopper you will cherish every moment of it!
Location: Causeway Bay (Hong Kong side)
Getting Here: via MTR – Causeway Bay Station
Best Times to Go: From 10am
Times Square is one of the biggest shopping Hong Kong. It also has a large cultural presence so do check out whats happening while your there.
It has a large restaurant quarter with some famous chefs having opened up kitchens here including Tom Aikens.
Whats crazy about Hong Kong is there buildings go up, not out. Mostly due to the price of land in Hong Kong and also the fact that it’s an island and limited to space. 46 floors in tower one and 39 floors in tower two.
Outside, like Times Square NYC, has the iconic billboards to see. Defiantly worth a look!
Location – Kowloon Side
Getting Here – Via MTR – Prince Edward Station, Mong Kok Station, Yau Ma Tei Station, Jordan Station, Tsim Sha Tsui Station
Best Times to Go: Anytime
This road is super long! Hence all the stations you can access it from. It also has a crap load of buses that service it!
On Nathan road you can cover a number of sites including the infamous Peninsula Hotel and Kowloon Park. It also has a number of shop fronts and restaurants. You can get to the Ladies Market via this road to.
Its busy and vibrant. You can see marks Chinese culture, British colonial and present day Asian culture. The choice of food here is also vast and to suit all needs.
OZONE Bar – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Location: Rooftop of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Getting Here: Best by Taxi we found
Best Times to Go: Twilight
118 floors into the clouds, gotten to by 2 lifts, this rooftop bar is pretty impressive. You don’t need to pay in but you do need to get yourself a drink or some food to sit down and take in the views!
We went at twilight to get the day to night views of the entire city. Like Victoria Peak check the forecast before you head up. Fog and clouds will distort your vision if its a not so great day.
Half way through our visit the clouds set in. It was super cool to look out the window at pure white having just seen the city below. Being in the clouds was a first for me 🙂
There is a dress code here so check that out. For us it was our last night in Hong Kong so we got all dressed up and made a night out of it. One of the nicest places I’ve ever had a drink! They even had an Old Fashioned on the menu. Top marks from me!
Sunset Harbour Cruise
Location: Victoria Harbour
Getting Here: MTR to Central
Best Times to Go: Set Times per booking
A boat ride up and down Victoria Harbour, at sunset, with drinks included!
The views from the boat of the Hong Kong Skyline are magnificent. I will never forget them. The boat you travel on is an old school replica of the boats you would have seen in the harbour in years gone by.
Himself booked this beforehand and was such a good shout. If you are short on time this trips covers a lot of views that if you only did this you would feel like you got to see the majority of Hong Kong’s sights from the water.
Best of the rest:
Another Market aim mostly at tourists. Great place to pick up any souvenirs or last-minute presents!
When we were in Hong Kong the Panda enclosure was closed. When open you can book in and feed the panda’s!!!!! How cool would that be!
One of the largest Buddha’s in the world! Accessed by a cable cart. While we were here the cable cart was closed for refurbishment so we didn’t make it out. Do check these things when your there just in case!
So there is our top picks for Hong Kong! Hope you enjoyed them as much as we did!!
Another handy tip we would share with you guys is to use the Hong Kong underground system. It is brilliant and very quick. It’s also so cheap! A one way ride is less than 50p. We got Octopus cards and topped them up with the minimum amount. We used it every day and still had money on our card when we left. A great way of getting around as you can use it on the ferry’s to!
Lots of Love….