Hong Kong is an incredible place, full of iconic views and strong contrasts between the urban jungle and the remote areas offering a short break from the overwhelming buzz. Let me share with you a list of ten places in Hong Kong that include a mix of top attractions and lesser-known but very interesting spots that you might want to explore.
1. Victoria Peak
A trip up to the Peak is a must. Looking down at the Victoria Harbour from this famous vantage point is a great experience and lets you snap that famous panorama of Hong Kong. You can take the Peak Tram that departs from its terminus on Garden Road or opt for a cheaper and quicker option of taking a bus from Central (Exchange Square). Either way the views are spectacular. (Nearest MTR: Central)
2. Avenue of Stars
The Avenue of Stars in Kowloon pays tribute to Bruce Lee and other big names from the Hong Kong’s film industry. Feel the Hollywood of the East vibe and do not be surprised by the crowds of tourists wanting to take a selfie with their favourite actors or directors. (Nearest MTR: East Tsim Sha Tsui)
3. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
Just round the corner from the Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is a perfect place to walk along the waterfront and enjoy a great view of the city. (Nearest MTR: East Tsim Sha Tsui)
4. Kowloon and its Markets
Explore Kowloon and its markets at night when the neon lights bright up all the streets and the city is at its liveliest. When shopping do not fall for the deals that are too good to be true but treat yourself to some waffles or other delicious food. (Nearest MTR: Jordan or Yau Ma Tei)
5. Kowloon Walled City Park
The Park was built on the site of the former Kowloon Walled City, in the past a Chinese military fort that became an ungoverned settlement during the British rule. Visiting this place is like finding some shelter from Kowloon’s concrete jungle and the history behind the Walled City will provide you with insightful stories behind that no-go area of crime and disorder. (Nearest MTR: Lok Fu)
6. Lantau Island
The largest outlying island is most famous for its Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. Although it is possible to reach the island by MTR and then a cable car I recommend taking a ferry from Central. It is also a great place to check out for anyone with a stopover break as the HK Airport is situated on the same island.
A trip to Stanley by bus is not the shortest one but will not be short of scenic views. Just make sure the bus (Exchange Square terminal) takes you via Repulse Bay so you can admire this incredible part of the Hong Kong Island. If you already visited other markets you might want to give Stanley Market a miss and stroll along the waterfront and the Blake Pier.
8. Lamma Island
A perfect spot to have a break from busy streets of Hong Kong. Take a ferry from Central to enjoy a laid-back atmosphere or a day of hiking. Easy walking trails are available if you are travelling with kids.
9. Wan Chai
At night a bit of a party spot with some dodgy bars but during the day a good place for shopping and trying restaurants local specialities available at different restaurants. Wonton soup? Yes please! (Nearest MTR: Wan Chai)
A very fun and chic area south of Hollywood Road, full of upmarket bars and restaurants.
Come during the day to explore the art galleries, antiques shops and fancy boutiques. Who knows, maybe like me you will come across a photo shoot for some fashion magazine? (Nearest MTR: Central)
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